I started dancing Nia in 2011 and I have to say it has increased the quality of my life by quantum leaps! It didn't take me long to know that this would be more than a source of self-healing; it would be a professional calling. I did my White Belt training in 2012 and it was, no doubt, a magical and sacred experience. My mentor and trainer, Britta Von Tagen of Boise, Idaho, encouraged me to work with her teaching Nia to kids. Teaching Nia for kids is a truly inspiring experience. I wish that I knew about Nia when I was young! What a gift it is to share The Joy of Movement to preschool age children. Not only does it encourage freedom of expression and joyful play, it is the start of beautiful relationship with the body:)
I have been involved in the fine arts for over 20 years.I have experience in straight theatre, musical theatre, singing, and dance (including jazz, hip hop, and ballet). I believe that all these art forms have just been prepping me to be the dynamic and energetic teacher my students deserve. I've taught Nia for Kids Classes at The International School and Atkinson Elementary in Portland, Oregon. These classes focused on learning some of the Nia 52 Moves, Nia 5 Stages of Self Healing, and other activities to encourage self-expression.
Currently, I'm a senior psychology student at Portland State University. Eventually, I wish to pursue a graduate degree in dance/ movement therapy counseling.
I hold classes at Dance With Joy Studios in Portland, OR. I am also available for substitute teaching for any Nia teacher in the Portland community.
Come dance with me in this journey called life!