Nia Testimonial: Estelle, Nia Graduate

Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

About me:

I was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and I'm the eldest of three children. My parents divorced when I was three and my mother was a solo parent for many years until I was 8 yrs old. My brother and I lived and grew up on many different farms, which I really enjoyed.

I began dancing at about 5 years old and continued until I was 14. I started high school and dancing took a back seat. I married in 1991 and began married life in Nelson with a baby. I now have three sons aged 20, 17 and 12.

Unfortunately in 1992, we moved from Nelson and began our next phase in Taupo, where we spent the next nine years. In 1998 I decided to return to dancing at aged 28 yrs old. I began training again in American, jazz and RAD ballet. After completing one year and passing exams in both techniques, I then decided to attempt my Elementary level in ballet, which would enable me to teach if I passed. So my six months of training began and I successfully passed Elementary and auditioned for my Teachers Certificate in RAD Ballet. I taught for a short time before I became pregnant with my third child and decided to put my dancing on hold again.

We eventually moved from Taupo in 2001 and began our next phase in Tauranga. I took up dancing again in 2010. I began classes for children in American jazz and found there were so many dance classes being offered in the district that it was very competitive. 

I was asked by many woman whether I taught adult dance classes. My answer to that was an enthusiastic yes. There were a lot of signs pointing towards  teaching adults rather than children. At the same time I was introduced to Nia. Discovering Nia has enlightened me. It combines all the things I love and am passionate about. As I get older and find it harder to feel on top of the world, I need to have a passion and practice that embraces life – and that's where Nia steps in. I feel passionate about sharing this with others.

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

For appreciation, continued health, well-being and awareness of myself and the world around me.

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

On my own at the moment, practicing at home.

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

They don't know that it exists!

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

To allow the body to move into the music...

Where will Nia take you in the future?

The journey is unkown, but I am ready for whatever Nia will bring me.