Movement Variety! Spice up your summer regime...

I'm excited to announce the "Community Movement" schedule at Studio Sway for this summer for the 5:45 pm Wednesday night class. This special series is being offered at a $5.00/class rate.  

June 24, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Nia with Kristine Susco
July 01, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - AfroDansAsana with Nadine Desormeau
July 08, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Ecstatic Dance Elizabeth Cervantes
July 15, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Nia with Maureen Small
July 22, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Therapeutic Yoga with Anne Woods
July 29, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - AfroDansAsana with Nadine Desormeau
August 05, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Nia with Maureen Small
August 12, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Nia with Kim Lane from New Jersey
August 19, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Ecstatic Dance Elizabeth Cervantes
August 26, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Therapeutic Yoga with Anne Woods
September 02, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Alexander Technique with Darci Lobdell
September 09, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Alexander Technique with Darci Lobdell
September 16, 2015 @ 5:45 pm - Nia with Kristine Susco

As a reminder class is ALWAYS a $5.00 drop-in and Sway and Groupon cards will be accepted.



AfroDansAsana is an exhilarating movement workshop fusing Afro-Caribbean dance with yoga asana taught by Nadine Desormeau. Nadine earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Minor in Dance and found herself in education at the secondary level for the past 10 years. As a registered yoga teacher, she holds a number of certifications in yoga including Prenatal and Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork. Nadine is known for her eclectic brand of movement which she attributes to her dozens of teachers in the dances of Africa, Haiti, Cuba and Brazil in addition to Flamenco, Contemporary and Ballet styles. 




Ecstatic Dance is an authentic, spontaneous, expressive, meditative movement practice  that incorporates elements of various body - mind - movement practices.  Go beyond the limits of your habitual movement patterns and explore your inner dance.  We typically dance barefooted without verbal interaction.  There is no choreography or instruction.  Ecstatic Dance is facility by Elizabeth Cervantes, who has been a partner dancer most of her adult life and is an avid golfer. In 2000, she Nia and ultimately earned her Nia Brown Belt in 2009. Then she took her first 5-Rhythms class. From that moment she knew that ecstatic dance would become her dancing path. Her spirit resonated with the freedom of choreography-free movement. Elizabeth has been facilitating ecstatic dances in Albuquerque since 2010. She also serves as a guest facilitator for EmbodyDance in Santa Fe.  No experience needed, just a willingness to move and be moved! 


Anne Woods is an occupational therapist specializing in personalized, approachable movement-based treatment for chronic tension and pain. With her experience as a medical professional, a certified yoga therapist, and with specialized training in craniosacral therapy, she aims to help people get out of pain and back into life.




Visiting us from New Jersey, Black Belt Kim Lane presents the routine 'Under the Boardwalk' which celebrates all things 'Jersey! Kim has been a member of the Nia NJ community for the past 9 years and is thrilled to be in ABQ to share a uniquely NJ routine. Two years ago 9 members of Nia NJ got together to collaborate on creating a routine that celebrated our often maligned and unsung 'Garden State'. The soundtrack draws from some of our musical royalty: Whitney, The Boss, Miss Ella Fitzgerald as well as some of our more recent popular culture: The Sopranos and Garden State the Movie.  Kim says, "I have been blessed with living on four different continents; born in Australia, raised in South Africa and nurturing my family in the UK and the USA. I found Nia 10 years ago through friend in the Burning Man community. Ever since, Nia has enriched my life and invigorated my relationship to my body. I'm so excited to dance with your community in Albuquerque!"



Darci Lobdell is constantly exploring the joy, grace, and expression of the body and voice. She is currently in her last year of Alexander Technique teacher training with Alexander Alliance Southwest. Alexander Technique is a hands on study of coordination, movement, and injuries or habits in the body and mind that may be causing blockages. Through the study of Alexander technique one can rediscover ease, joy, and grace in their daily activities and lives. As a yoga teacher and professional singer, Darci teaches and uses Alexander Technique as way experience embodiment and joy in movement and all activities of life. She is also Chair of the Voice Department at the NM School of Music.