Nia Testimonial: Diane W. Betts, Nia Graduate

MS PT
Albany, New York, United States

About me:

As an experienced dancer, educator and physical therapist, I wasn't sure what to expect from my week-long Nia White Belt training. I thought, with my background and education in the anatomy and physiology of movement, the material might be all too familiar. What could Nia teach me that was new? I was surprised and enlightened. The training showed me a more comprehensive way of approaching the world of movement. I was pleasantly startled by unique ways of thinking about movement expression and limitation. I was shown approaches to movement initiation in the body that I had never thought of or been exposed to before. I was very impressed by the work of the originators of Nia, Debbie and Carlos, who combined all this information together into such a positive and comprehensive movement program. Although I had encountered almost all of the information taught, in some form during my years of practice, I had never experienced it in such a complete way. The training gave me a full and unified body, mind/intellect and spirital/emotional understanding of concepts I had been "dancing around" for years.

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

I hope to use my training to begin teaching Nia. I practice Nia to find health in my body, understanding in my mind and enlightenment in my spirit.

Where and with whom do you take Nia classes and/or trainings?

Albany, NY with Casey Bernstein.

What is one thing most people don't know about Nia?

The level of skill reqired to become a teacher, and the detail with which a teacher is trained to understand movement and it's expression with the music.

What tip can you give someone who is considering trying Nia for the first time?

Let your body lead the way.