Teaching Nia to Kids at StudioNia
By: Tahirih Silcock, Nia Teacher | July 3, 2012
This guest post is written by Tahirih Silcock, who is a Nia teacher based in Portland, Oregon.
I started my Nia practice a little more than a year ago and had no idea the blessings yet to come. In a life that is so unpredictable, the thing that has been my constant is Nia.
I recently moved back to Portland from Boise, Idaho. While there, I searched out a Nia class. I came upon Nia Trainer Britta Von Tagen’s Nia studio, The Dojo, and made that the place of my rebirth as a Nia dancer and teacher.
The Dojo offers classes for adults and kids; I was fortunate to observe and assist in the kids classes, and learn how to adapt Nia to a younger crowd. It’s so exciting to observe the joyous movement that arises from their young spirits; it reminds me to dance from that same place of RAW (relaxed, alert, and waiting) in my Nia practice.
This month, StudioNia and I will be offering two Nia for Kids Workshops, where kids will have the chance to explore aspects of yoga, the Nia 5 Stages, the Nia 52 Moves, and freedance. The workshop is for 3- to 5-year-olds, and will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on July 18th and July 20th at StudioNia in downtown Portland. The cost is only $15 per kid.
Give your kids the opportunity to explore Nia White Belt Principle 1, The Joy of Movement!
About Tahirih Silcock
Tahirih has been involved in the arts from a very young age. She has experience in the theatre, singing, and dancing (including jazz, hip hop, and ballet). She discovered Nia a year ago and has been dancing her way through life ever since. She recently received her Nia teacher’s license after finishing her White Belt Training in Boise, Idaho. Tahirih has previous work experience with preschool children from Britta Von Tagen’s Nia for Kids classes and workshops in Boise, ID and Portland OR. Currently, Tahirih is finishing her psychology degree at Portland State University, with hopes to eventually pursue a graduate degree in somatic psychology with a concentration in dance and movement therapy.