Nia Testimonial: Joanna Parlee, Nia Student

Nia Testimonial: Joanna Parlee, Nia Student

Town of Erin, Wisconsin, United States

About me:

I am a university teacher mentor who has always enjoyed being physically active. I have a ballet background from my childhood, and took aerobics and modern dance classes, but never danced Nia until a few months ago. It turns out to be my favorite type of dance!

Why do you practice and/or teach Nia?

I was very active hiking, horseback riding, and working out at the gym when I had a serious lumbar spine herniation five years ago. At that point, I could barely walk across the room and was losing feeling in my feet. I had surgery, but continued to be in much pain. At the end of last winter, I began Nia dance classes with Jill Campana, and now my pain is greatly diminished and I'm back to hiking up to five miles!

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

I take classes with Jill Campana at the Sacred Space Studio in Hubertus, Wisconsin. My instuctor Jill is wonderful; she makes Nia so much fun. She has great energy and enthusiasm.

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

That you can work into it slowly, even if you have problems with your back. You can work up to any level you feel comfortable with.

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

I would say to be open-minded about it, to just take in the music and the energy of the other dancers. Enjoy the moment.