The Nia Teacher: Classic Nia Class, Nia FreeDance Class, Nia White Belt Training

Randee Fox – Nia educator, horse-human educator, visual artist
With a background in dance and music and as a professional artist and horse trainer/teacher – I enjoy teaching people who are drawn to the arts and horse lovers. My art profession and horse-human education profession have profoundly expanded by infusing the practice of Nia. This is what I love to share!

My four weekly Nia classes are athletic, energizing, and fun with a warm community to welcome you at three beautiful locations, The Blue Heron Ranch studio, Sammamish Community YMCA and Bellevue Family YMCA. I teach both classic Nia and Nia FreeDance.

Photo by Anne Staveley © 2012
Randee's four weekly Nia classes

9:30 AM Tuesdays - Classic Nia
New Sammamish Family Y and Aquatic Center

12:15 PM Wednesdays - Classic Nia
Bellevue Family YMCA

9:30 AM 
Thursdays - Nia FreeDance class

Blue Heron Ranch, Sammamish

9:30 AM Saturdays - Classic Nia 
Blue Heron Ranch, Sammamish

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 Family Y and Aquatic Center (Starts Sept. 27, 2016)

831 228th Avenue SE
98075 SammamishWA 98075
Free to Y members / Drop in: 14-29 $12 / 30-64 $16 / 65+ $15 

Bellevue location:
Bellevue Family YMCA
14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007
Free to Y members / Drop in: 14-29 $12 / 30-64 $16 / 65+ $15 

What is Nia? 
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. 

What is the Nia White Belt Training?
NOTE: My Nia White Belt Trainings are on hold while I am on sabbatical until 2018 as Nia Faculty Trainer. My Nia six classes a week are still going strong and I am continuing to offer special PlayShops and produce Nia Faculty at the ranch.  I am producing Britta von Tagen for White Belt at Blue Heron Ranch October 8-14 - learn more and register here. If you are wanting to another Nia White Belt Training, please choose a training from any of our wonderful Faculty members here. 

The Nia White Belt Training is the first level of a five-belt training series that presents a body-centered approach to health, wellness and fitness. If you have the desire to share Nia in a professional capacity, the White Belt Training is your entryway into teaching. Those who choose to pursue the path of personal enrichment use this training as a starting point for becoming a master student.

Over the course of one week, you will comprehensively explore physical sensation through five core-competency areas of study including movement, music, anatomy, science and philosophy. This joyful journey into the self is instrumental in helping you develop body knowing by learning to listen, interpret, and consciously respond to the information your body communicates to you via sensation. Enroll in one Randee's upcoming trainings today and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live!

"I took my White Belt Training with Nia creators and founders Debbie and Carlos Rosas in 2004 after sensing a deep calling to 
deepen my practice and teach Nia. It was a profoundly 
informative and transformative week. 
I noticed positive changes in my body immediately during the White Belt Training. I came to the training with many physical blocks due to old injuries and some difficult life challenges I had carried around with me since childhood. I felt as if I was a sailboat with thousands of old barnacles on her hull, created as sort of an armor to guard and protect me. The White Belt week helped me literally strip off the no longer necessary barnacles, leaving them in a 'screaming wake' behind me. So long! My hull cleaned up shiny and smooth removing the negative traction and giving me the ability to move with greater fluidity, speed and agility. The creative and expressive aspect of The White Belt touched my artist's soul deeply. From a comprehensive study of musicology and choreography, I was left with brilliant artistic tools by which to begin to learn how to craft rich Nia classes, with my own signature upon them. Within three months after graduating as a Nia White Belt teaacher I had my own classes. I have never stopped teaching since. Teaching Nia has been a wonderful addition to my career and life."
--Randee Fox, Nia Faculty Trainer, Black Belt Nia teacher

The magic of horses! 

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's Nia for equestrians education presentations:
August 2008 - Clinic with Instructors, Karen Irland and Barb Apple
June 2009 - Clinic with Instructors Barb Apple
June 2010 - Clinic with Instructor Barb Apple
January 2011 - NW Pony Club
August 2011 - AQHA Region One Championships, Langley, British Columbia
October 2011 - With Liberty Horse Trainer, Robin Gates
May 2012 - Arrowhead Ranch, Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 2012 - Blue Heron Ranch, Sammamish, Washington
July 2014 - Blue Heron Ranch, Sammamish, Washington