In 2006 a lot changed in my life – I had spent several years studying architecture because it was practical. I was good at math and loved drawing and painting. I slowly woke up to the reality that the actual work didn’t really inspire me. I wasn’t particularly good at it and it didn’t bring me joy. I felt lost. So I started my search for something new, something more fulfilling.
That autumn I found Nia and I loved it instantly. It was fun, I could be myself and I was allowed to dance like crazy, something I have always done at home, at the bus stop or anywhere really. And I found people who felt the same. It helped me through the process of saying good-bye to architecture and the quest for something new.
Through the years Nia has grown to be my life companion. It’s where I feel safe and free. It’s where I can dance through emotions that have built up inside me. It’s where I work through stress. It’s where I learn about my body and challenge my perceptions of what my body likes and is capable of. I’m absolutely sure that Nia has been a big part of leading me to become a cultural manager working with the arts and focusing on the well-being they give to people.
In February 2013 I finally participated in the White Belt Intensive. It’s the best thing I’ve done for myself in years. After the week with Ann Christiansen and all my fellow dancers I felt like I had been on vacation for six months. My body felt different, I was more aware. I hear and listen to music differently now. I have new ‘bosom friends’ as Anne Shirley of Green Gables would say. I have new big sisters.
I’ve always shared what Nia has given me with people around me, and invited people to come dance with me in classes I go to. During the White Belt Intensive I felt a very strong physical desire to start sharing Nia as a teacher. The feeling was almost overwhelming. I’ve only been back in my so-called ‘normal life’ for a couple of days. The feeling is still there, but it’s more grounded. I’m excited for where my Nia journey will take me next.