Teaching the Nia Technique routine, Girls Night Out, is an opportunity to share the Joy of Movement as well as Our Selves As Women; connecting to the other women in the room, The Goddess, Mother Earth, the feminine side of each of us, and Women Outside of Nia Class.
When dancing this routine I like to layer on an additional a focus. Recently, I chose to add the focus of dancing energy through the spine, so that each chakra from root to crown can get a clearing from the movement and create a better flow and bigger space. With this, my intent is that we leave class with greater awareness of our Woman Power and feel energized to dance that power and femininity out into the bigger world as we dance through life. It pretty much always works.
This is a great routine for a beginner Nia Technique student. It not only has music that appeals to everyone, but the steps are simple and easy to adapt to any level of fitness, coordination and experience with movement.
After class, when we’ve danced Girls Night Out, people tend to linger a good while. Sometimes people will still be around laughing and sharing for 20-30 minutes. It’s the joyfulness, I think.
Recently, a longtime student came to me to say that was the best we’ve ever done the routine. It’s her favorite anyway, and she has been dancing Nia with me from my first class at Gold’s Gym a year and a half ago. She has seen the progression of my teaching and she has experienced a progression in her own embodiment of Nia Technique. She and I danced together without any other students when I first moved studios, so she is really a fan of the practice to have stuck with it throughout. I particularly liked how she said, “it’s the best we’ve ever done it.” My goal is that everyone would have ownership of the practice in every class and be impassioned enough by the experience to be aware of it in this way!