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they are us, we are them
enhancing, dancing world together, one body at a time...

Welcome to my world of art, horses and the beautiful practice of Nia

Dance and deliver a collective "NO!"

Having a Nia practice can help you reset your body, your life and restore your faith in humanity

Illustration by Randee Fox ©2016

This is not a time to be silent. Instead, this is a time for us to stand up proudly express a collective and very loud “NO!” to the outright disrespect of humanity, of our differences, a “NO!” to vulgar, verbal, emotional and physical abuse, to body shame and to self-doubt. This is not just for women but for us all.

The artistic, expressive practice that celebrates and honors my body
I have been practicing The Nia Technique since the year 2000. After just one class I adopted Nia as my dance, fitness and creative life practice. I became a Nia teacher in January 2004 and since have been teaching multiple classes a week nonstop. Today, at 64 I teach six classes a week at two YMCAs as well as my own dance studio. Nia offers me an artistic practice with infinite depth and limitless awareness of how my body works and expresses itself in motion.

Nia teaches people to find health through the joy of movement combining dance arts, martial arts and healing arts in a fun and music-filled hour-long motivating movement class. The outcome, over time, allows us to create a deep reverence of our body, the absolute most important relationship and the greatest gift of our lifetime. Nia is called “the love your body workout” and I have benefitted personally from this daily movement practice – one that keeps me fit, creative, mobile, strong, young, open, light-hearted, expressive and listening to the wisdom and voice of my body.
Randee's Election 2016 blog continued here

Coming up at Randee Fox's

Sat., Nov. 12
MELT away your stress 
with MELT Method instructor, Susan Creighton
Learn more and register here for Intro to MELT with Susan Creighton

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Randee Fox - Artist
Since childhood I have loved to make art. I was fortunate to have supportive parents and teachers and began my career as a fine artist then found my way to graphic design, illustration, digital and interactive art. I slowly found my way back to fine art and now make art in a variety of mixed media including drawing, painting, collage, found objects and encaustic. I love storytelling via art.
View my artworks here

Randee Fox
Horse-human educator
Fall is a perfect time to learn about horses at Blue Heron Ranch! 'Educating Humans for Horses' (since 1997), is a progressive way to learn about horses. Randee's three gentle horses teachers will, guide in learning how to be in relationship with and connected to a horse from the ground to the saddle. Learn more here

Randee Fox - Nia Teacher, Nia Faculty Trainer, Nia Educator
I teach five exhilarating Classic Nia classes and one Nia FreeDance class at three eastside locations!

Mondays Classic Nia 
12:15 PM Bellevue Y

Classic Nia
9:15 AM New Sammamish Family Y 

Wednesdays Classic Nia

12:15 PM Bellevue Y


Thursdays Nia FreeDance 
9:30 AM Blue Heron Ranch 

Fridays Classic Nia

12:15 PM Bellevue Y 

Saturdays Classic Nia 

9:30 AM Blue Heron Ranch

Sammamish Locations: 
Blue Heron Ranch Moving Arts and Equestrian
25025 NE 8th Street, Sammamish, WA 98074 
$15 drop-in / $40 4-class monthly card / $70 unlimited monthly card New Sammamish Famy YMCA and Aquatic Center 831 228th Ave SE Sammamish, WA 98074 Fre to all Seattle Y Members / Drop in $17 (over 65 $15)

Bellevue location:
Bellevue Family YMCA
14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007
Free to Y members / Drop in: $17 / 65+ $15 

What is a Classic Nia Class? 
Nia is a mindful dance fitness practice that not only conditions your body in remarkable ways, but also conditions your mind with the creative use of music and movement. 

Discover Nia, a movement art that will elevate your movement skill by increasing flexibility, mobility, agility, stability and strength. Nia’s unique movement style is founded in 35 years of program development, focusing on aspects of martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. Nia truly delivers a holistic experience that touches you; body, mind and spirit.

A classic Nia class follows a seven cycle program: 
1. Setting the focus: We focus on one aspect of the practice, it is woven artfully throughout the practice.
2. Stepping in: We enter and step into the experience, leaving all distractions and concerns behind.
3. Warming up: This is where we prepare our body to move, warming up the joints.
4. Getting moving: We move at a higher energetic pace, conditioning our body and cardiovascular system
5. Cooling down: Still dancing and upright we use movements that cool down our body.
6. Floor play: Using the floor, we play and condition our body using gravity, space, and the art of moving on the floor to become strong, stretched, defined and balanced. 
7. Stepping out: We seal the experience by consciously stepping out.

The technique is founded on 52 basic moves for the base, the core, and the upper extremities, that are used to create the body-friendly choreography of the class. The nine movement forms, of Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Jazz, Modern Dance, Duncan Dance, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and Yoga, inspire the class with soft and slow dynamics, as well as the powerful energy of Tae Kwon Do and the playfulness of Dance. Nia choreography blends these dynamics to create a class that offers ample movement in a state of dynamic ease. Everyone can do Nia because the movements are so adaptable to varying skill and fitness levels. Nia is generally done in bare feet. Shoes are also fine.

The first principle of the Nia Technique is the Joy of Movement. We believe movement can be pleasurable to the body, and when we move towards pleasure we move towards healing. There are lots of smiles and happy people in Nia classes. Some even say Nia has changed their lives! 

What is a Nia FreeDance Class?
Nia FreeDance is a barefoot 60-minute conscious dance class designed to awaken the movement artist within; to stimulate an individual's art of movement creativity. 

Guided by a certified and trained Nia FreeDance Teacher, participants explore their own movement and dance, in their own way, in their own time. Participants dance to soul-stirring music, eclectic sonic landscapes that provide cellular resonance to evoke self-expression, and unleash movement creativity. Join us and allow yourself to be guided, to explore movement your way and in your own time. Dance to soul-stirring music, eclectic sonic landscapes that provide cellular resonance to evoke your self-expression, and unleash your movement creativity. The four parts of Nia FreeDance explore the integration of body, emotion, mind and spirit through a unique focus for each Nia FreeDance experience. This class is open to all levels. No previous experience necessary. 

The Joy of Dancing with Community
"The cords of connection go very deep on the dance floor and continue long after the class. The creative Human Soul is nourished, dancing with community, and longs to return for more. As we become more relaxed in our dance, the cords become 'chords' sung through our tuning fork-like bodies allowing us to ‘right’ our tone, release energetic buildup and return our bodies and lives to harmony - daily.” 
--Randee Fox, Nia Faculty Trainer and Black Belt Teacher

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