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

Art show! 

Sammamish Arts Fair - Sat. Sept 23 and Sun. Sept 24
I will be showing my works with 26 other artists at Sammamish Arts Fair
Sat. July 23th and Sun. July 24th, Sammamish City Hall. Come visit us!


"As an artist with a background in figurative life drawing, graphic journalism, design and illustration, I love to tell an open-ended visual story with my works. Using a variety of mediums including drawing, collage, painting, found objects assemblage and encaustic, I create allegorical works that may open doors to self-reflection and the discovery of pathways to a deeper part of the creative visual mind. Fascinated with the aesthetics of motion and rhythm, I often create works from my own experience as a long time dancer and equestrian, incorporating the relationship of humans and horses in movement." 
-- Randee Fox

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Summer 2017
New Nia and Horses program

Three years from its launch, Nia and Horses is a more potent, affordable and accessible program  - for everybody

By Randee Fox – Nia Faculty Trainer, Black Belt Nia Teacher and Nia and Horses Trainer

Tripti Kenzer with Nia and Horses horse teacher, 
Caanie during a Nia and Horses Training session.
Photo by Tom Reese
Nia and Horses has both expanded and yet contracted since I first launched it three years ago, summer of 2013 with our three horse teachers. It is now a two-day energetic exploration experience, meant for creative discovering. There is both a deeply meditative quality to the work, slow and kinesthetic, and as well, delightfully fun and exhilarating.
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Saturday, August 12th 9:30 - 10:40 AM

Special Nia class with Randee Fox and Susan Tate


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Summer Nia classes start up again Tuesday, July 26 with Randee Fox: 

Nia Teacher, Nia Faculty Trainer, Nia Educator

I teach three exhilarating Classic Nia classes and one Nia FreeDance class at three eastside locations!



Tuesdays 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 

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 
425-868-3475 
$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
425-746-9900 
Free to Y members / Drop in: $17 / 65+ $15 

Learn more here about my Nia classes here
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August is a great time to learn about the joy of horses with Randee Fox at Blue Heron Ranch!


Nia and Horses© Two-Day Trainings:

A somatic journey of 

self-discovery and connection with horses

This unique and dynamic 
educational two-day retreat with horses 
is open to everybody interested in restoring their natural state of wholeness through sensory, somatic connection, the art of listening, creativity, energetic awareness and non-verbal communication.
Learn more here


Traditional horse handling and riding lessons with a progressive approach

Learn about handling, caring for, communicating with, connecting to, and riding horses with Randee Fox and her well-trained and gentle horses


'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












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Studio transformation at

New paint, new lights and an ambient retro re-visioning for Blue Heron Ranch 
Moving Arts Studio.

In April, 2005 I transformed the old concrete floored 1,500 square foot shop space (once a hydro-plane hanger) on our ranch into a dance studio/art studio. I installed the beautiful sprung wood Brazilian cherry floor, added mirrors to a wall and white-washed the walls and ceiling. 

For the next 12 years I taught over 1,000 Nia classes and hosted over 40 Nia community education events and Nia belt trainings given by Nia Faculty (including me) and teachers. I rarely turned on the 16 florescent light fixtures. Their slight buzzing noise and strange alien-like greenish light bothered me. They simply did not seem to match the overall creative and natural energy of the studio or the practice of Nia. For years I dreamt of making a change. 

For 12 years we danced under the rarely
used fluorescents surrounded by the stark
whitewashed ceiling and walls.
As I approached the 12th anniversary of the studio, she called on me to 'up her elegant game' - a perfect way to welcome our 13th year in operation. Seeing photos of Nia Teacher, Christina Wolf's Embody Studio in Centralia, Washington inspired me to make the change I dreamed of. 
Blue Heron Studio has always reminded me
of an old schoolhouse classroom, much like
the ones I grew up with in the 1950s and 60s.
I chose colors that echoed the serene quality of the ranch, a light buttery yellow spanning side walls and ceilings and ends in a mossy green. The retro bronze white glass deco schoolhouse pendant lights warmly reminded me of the ones I would gaze up at from my 1950s wooden school desk at Mar Vista Elementary School in Los Angeles. Being dimmable allows me to adjust for mood and times of day. The Havanna oscillating fans on the ends will give us more air circulation. I changed all fixtures, including cabinet knobs and switch plates, were changed to bronze metal, matching the lights. 

With 15 years of my own art decorating the walls, it was time for me to pause, let the walls breathe and re-envision what I wanted. Maybe a new art series? Maybe nothing? I pulled off the string of 90s Nia-traditional white twinkly lights from the mirrors, and let them be 'of the past'. The overall result was more lovely than I had ever expected. Come dance, move and heal in our lovely re-imagined space! Classes resume the week of April 3rd, 2017.
John Pacheco Construction's
professional and patient team of
technicians transformed
my studio in less than two weeks
with efficiency and perfection.
From left:
Jordan, John, Zack and Marc

The end result, more elegant than I had ever imagined.





















Returning to balance, tranquility and 
homeostasis


Dear community of friends, teachers, artists, dancers, 
and horse folks,

What a time we are in! So many of my friends are feeling affected by the rapid changes we are seeing, reading about and personally experiencing in our communities, cities, countries and in the world in the wake of the new US administration. It's been a tumultuous time!

I have found that the best way to 'dance through' major changes is to keep moving and also to slow down and take extra care of my body. 

Nia teaches us to 'tweak' or change a move if it does not feel good to our body. Through the years I have adopted the act of 'tweaking' to my life. If the way I am engaged in a part of my life causes discomfort, distress or pain and is pulling too much energy from the rest of my life, thus causing what feels like an 'imbalance', it is time for me make some changes or 'tweaks'. 

Choosing to make a change is empowering for me personally and allows me to return to balance, *tranquility and ultimately, **homeostasis. 

I think of 'making tweaks' similarly to how a sailor is constantly adjusting the ropes, lines and rigging of her sailboat so that her sails are filled, her keel is balanced in the water, and her boat is moving to her desired destination in the most efficient way. Like the sailboat, my body tells me when it is 'off' and not moving with as much optimal health and efficiency as it can. This is the time to 'tweak'.

When outside forces affect me in a negative way, such as feeing disoriented, fatigued, agitated, distracted, scared or worried, I see these as signs that my body is asking me for change and more care. 

Together we will weather this change and come out stronger and more connected as a community. Of this I am certain. 
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Definitions of key words from Miriam Webster Dictionary

*Tranquility: Free from agitation of mind or spirit and free from disturbance or turmoil.

**Homeostasis: The tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes. 

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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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