Susan Duerksen

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My Credentials

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Susan Duerksen

Nia Green Belt Teacher
San Diego, California, United States

For me, an hour dancing Nia is an hour of happiness, focus, confidence and strength. I need it every day. And I love sharing the fun of Nia – the silliness, noise-making and play-acting along with the grace and power – and seeing smiles bloom on other sweaty faces.

I never was a dancer or athlete before finding Nia. In the name of modest fitness, I spent 30 years seeking workouts that were not too boring. Jane Fonda videos, Kathy Smith aerobics, step aerobics at the Y, kickboxing, yoga, salsa/samba workouts, Zumba and -- only behind closed blinds -- dancing like a fool around my living room to loud music. Nia has dissolved my inhibitions and helped me find peace with my body. When I dance Nia, the movements flow from the deep joy of interacting with good music and letting my bones and muscles express themselves.

In my work life, I've always been a verbal communicator, first as a newspaper reporter and now in communications for a nonprofit progressive think tank. Nia has stretched me beyond my comfort zone of written communication.

I became a Nia White Belt in January 2013, my 56th birthday present to myself. Later that year, Nia helped me fully recover from injuries caused by a freak car accident. In April 2014 I earned my Green Belt, and I'm now so happy to be able to teach, and share the joy of movement with others!

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My Locations

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The Dance Place
2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA, US
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UC San Diego Recreation Center
9730 Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA, United States
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My Nia Classes

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Monday 12:00pm - 1:00pm UC San Diego Recreation Center
9730 Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA, United States
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Monday 6:00pm - 7:00pm The Dance Place
2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA, US
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Saturday 10:00am - 11:15am The Dance Place
2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA, US
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