I left the class feeling refreshed, aligned with myself and smiling.
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Dear NiaSeattle teachers, belts, students and friends,
We found out yesterday from Wendolyn Rue, Nia teacher in Anacortes, that our friend and Nia dancer, Mark Tenet, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26th. While doing what he loved, riding his bike on Fidalgo Island near his home in Anacortes, he suffered a massive heart attack which instantly ended his life. He touched many of us as he enjoyed coming to our Nia classes and events for the past several years. He will be greatly missed by all.
From our Nia co-founder: Life is so short. We are blessed to know so many people deeply, intimately on the dance floor where who someone is becomes shared in silence and gesture. So much to bare as we let it in and feel life so deep, and when it is taken away, the loss is also felt as deep, wide. Feeling the loving is a vast terrain. I would have it no other way. We were blessed to dance with Mark! I have no doubt he is dancing a new dance and will watch over us as we too dance.
Our own Nia Faculty Trainer / Nia and Horses, Randee Fox, was interviewed by David Hayes of the Sammamish Review. Read how "the therapeutic properties of Nia in the classroom also works in the corral" article.
In addition, local Nia dance instructors have held benefit dance classes that were donation based, with the money going toward the mudslide relief efforts.
Pauline Osborne, an instructor from Redmond, see more in the Redmond Reporter
It's more fun to go to class with friends. And what fun 10 Nia teachers had on Monday February 3rd renewing their CPR / AED / First Aid certifications at the Overlake School in Redmond.
Part of the ongoing Nia commitment to students is that teachers are prepared for whatever may happen. Receiving their certificates from left to right are: Jason Alan Griffin, Barbara Krauss, Tricia Noreus, Sue Campbell, Randee Fox, Ann Nicolaysen, Vicci Kane, Emily Dolan, Jennifer Lucero Earle, Angela Halsey - oh and the amazing 'Prestan Manikins' being held and laying on the floor.
Nia involves flowing, swooping moves designed to be much safer on joints than the more high-impact routines.
Video of interview with Jill Pagano, teacher and Nia faculty trainer, and demonstration of Nia by area teachers on King 5’s New Day NW, January 16, 2013
Pacific NW Magazine, Seattle Times