Natural Time Nia Retreat @ Vista Verde Retreat Center
Oct
13
to Oct 15

Natural Time Nia Retreat @ Vista Verde Retreat Center

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An Autumn Nia Get-Away! October 13-15, 2017
at Vista Verde Retreat Center with Black Belt, Erin Damour, LMT

This spectacular view is just a short drive from our retreat location.

This spectacular view is just a short drive from our retreat location.

Retreating into Natural Time

In Nia the concept of natural time is meant to give us the opportunity to be in the present moment and to discover our own way of learning, moving and being in the world. Natural time is a powerful principle that teaches us to move at our own pace, to our own depths and in response to our individual impulses. We stay connected to natural time by remaining connected to sensation; and, that is precisely what this weekend retreat invites you to do; move at your own pace for the weekend choosing what feels right for your body.

Package

The following are included in the cost ($149.00) of the retreat (lodging is separate):

  • Three 90-minute Nia and journaling classes (no Nia experience required!)
  • Friday Night Dance Party
  • Arrival Reception & “Sundowner” (drinks/food)
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Saturday night group dinner
  • Coordination of additional activities (Earthships, Ojo Caliente, Taos activities...)

Not Included/Extras

  1. Lodging: From $135–$55/night
  2. Therapeutic Massage w/Erin (Limited availability) $55/50 min. treatments
  3. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Entrance Fee $33 (doesn’t include spa treatments)
  4. Earthship Self Guided Tour $8.00

Lodging should be arranged directly with Vista Verde. Call or email Elizabeth at: (575) 758-2758 or elizabeth@vistaverderetreat.com. Visit the website www.vistaverderetreat.com to view lodging and confirm these prices. Choose “Retreat Center” and drop down to the “Rates” link.

See brochure for more information.

About Vista Verde Vista Verde Retreat sits on 37 acres of land on the west edge of the Taos Gorge surrounded by juniper and piñon trees. There is a beautiful sprung wood dance floor for our Nia classes and lots of space to be outdoors, with two hiking trails looping through the natural surroundings, a ceremonial sand circle, an outdoor fire pit and a labyrinth. With no television or cell service you can’t help but disconnect and plug into natural time (though, if absolutely necessary a landline and WiFi are available).

About Vista Verde

Vista Verde Retreat sits on 37 acres of land on the west edge of the Taos Gorge surrounded by juniper and piñon trees. There is a beautiful sprung wood dance floor for our Nia classes and lots of space to be outdoors, with two hiking trails looping through the natural surroundings, a ceremonial sand circle, an outdoor fire pit and a labyrinth. With no television or cell service you can’t help but disconnect and plug into natural time (though, if absolutely necessary a landline and WiFi are available).

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2017 Men of Nia! Profound w/JAG & River
Sep
20
4:30pm 4:30pm

2017 Men of Nia! Profound w/JAG & River

It's time again for our favorite Man of Nia! This year JAG has adapted Winalee Zeeb's routine Deep Dive into his own called PROFOUND. Using music from artists like Beats Antique, Imogen Heap, Nicolas Jaar, Propellerhead and Xavier Rudd, JAG adds his authentic self and athletic flair to Winalee's beautiful liquid choreography. 

No prior experience is necessary. $10.00 class fee. Join us! You won't be disappointed!

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Pop Up! Nia: DayBreaker
Aug
25
to Sep 15

Pop Up! Nia: DayBreaker

DayBreaker Pop Up! Nia is a four-week series that will allow me to connect home to my trip to Greece. A portion of the proceeds will go to Starfish Foundation an organization directly involved in helping the migrants in Greece as well as the local community of Molyvos, where I'll be traveling, that has suffered. Loss of tourism due to fears about the migrant and refugee situation has been profound, let's welcome each day anew with fresh eyes and hope in our hearts.

Regular rates apply. 

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Jul
17
10:30am10:30am

WORKSHOP: Anatomy of the 52 Moves and Self-Care of the Core

Anatomy of the 52 Moves and Self-Care of the Core
Head, Chest, Pelvis — Brain, Heart, Guts
$30.00 ($12.00 class only; cards accepted)

This experiential anatomy workshop will:

  1. Teach basic musculoskeletal anatomy of the body’s Core (Head, chest, pelvis)

  2. Explore the anatomy that works to move the moves of the Core

  3. Practice and learn the 7 Core moves of Nia (shimmy, shimmy, hip bump!) 

  4. Share “Finger first-aid" and other self-care ideas and inspiration to take home

  5. Help you become pleasure and body literate

AGENDA
10:30 a.m. Welcome, Focus and Intention
10:35 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Nia Class: Head, Chest and Pelvis
11:25 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Anatomy of the Base Part II: Head, Chest and Pelvis
12:05 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Self Care and Finger First Aid for the Core

Together we will examine and experience details of our musculoskeletal anatomy and care through touch, movement, anatomy, and writing that will help deepen your awareness of how you move. This workshop will allow you to take a multidimensional approach to becoming pleasure and body literate, keystone concepts of Nia aimed at creating sustainability in your body. This is a great workshop for both new-to-Nia students, long time veteran movers, yogis, and teachers.

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Jun
19
10:30pm10:30pm

Rockin' Dads Routine

ALL MEN DANCE FREE!

I'm bringing back an oldie but a goodie on Father's Day with my routine "Rockin' Dads" on Sunday, June 19th at 10:30 a.m. Bring a Dad, a Papa, a father-figure (or any special man!) to class for FREE!

Me and my Dad at Christmas sometime in the 70s, early 80s?

Me and my Dad at Christmas sometime in the 70s, early 80s?

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Summer Session Nia Classes!
May
31
to Jul 28

Summer Session Nia Classes!

I'm excited to announce two 8-week summer sessions with me at Studio Sway. I'll be holding space for Nia on:

  • Tuesdays at 9:15 am and
  • Thursdays at 4:15 pm.

Regular class rates apply, $12.00 drop-in and $53 for 5-class cards. I'm looking forward to adding some body weight strengthening exercises to our floorplay component for these classes as well. 

*Please note there will not be a class on July 5th or 7th! Enjoy the holiday week with your friends and family and get into nature! 
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May
22
10:30am10:30am

WORKSHOP: Anatomy of the Base Moves and Self-Care Part II

Knees, Hips and Thighs!
Let's get groovy with the steps and kicks of Nia!
$30.00 ($12.00 class only; cards accepted)

This experiential anatomy workshop will:

  1. Teach basic musculoskeletal anatomy of the body’s upper Base (knees, thighs, hips)

  2. Explore the anatomy that works to move the moves of the Base

  3. Practice and learn the steps and kicks of Nia’s Base moves

  4. Share “Finger first-aid" and other self-care ideas and inspiration to take home

  5. Help you become pleasure and body literate

AGENDA
10:30 a.m. Welcome, Focus and Intention
10:35 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Nia Class: Knees and Hips, Steps and Stances
11:25 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Anatomy of the Base Part II: Knees, Hips, Thighs
12:05 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Self Care and Finger First Aid for the Base

Together we will examine and experience details of our musculoskeletal anatomy and care through touch, movement, anatomy, and writing that will help deepen your awareness of how you move. This workshop will allow you to take a multidimensional approach to becoming pleasure and body literate, keystone concepts of Nia aimed at creating sustainability in your body. This is a great workshop for both new-to-Nia students, long time veteran movers, yogis, and teachers.

 

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WORKSHOP: SuperBase Sunday—Anatomy of the 52 Moves and Self-Care
Feb
7
10:15am10:15am

WORKSHOP: SuperBase Sunday—Anatomy of the 52 Moves and Self-Care

The first of this series of experiential anatomy workshops will introduce you to:

  • Basic musculoskeletal anatomy of the body’s Base (in Nia that’s legs and feet)

  • Exploring the anatomy that works to move the moves of the Base

  • The first 14 Base moves, the foot moves and stances of Nia

  • “Finger first-aid" and other self-care ideas and inspiration to take home

This workshop will allow us to take a multi-dimensional approach to becoming pleasure and body literate, keystone concepts of Nia aimed at creating sustainability in your body.

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Community Movement: Alexander Technique with Darci Lobdell at Studio Sway
Sep
9
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Alexander Technique with Darci Lobdell at Studio Sway

Join Darci for a two-week workshop exploring the use of the Alexander Technique for Nia. You need no experience, either in Nia or Alexander, just a sense of curiosity and willingness to pay attention! Remember all Community Movement classes are only $5.00! 

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. 

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Community Movement: Alexander Technique with Darci Lobdell at Studio Sway
Sep
2
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Alexander Technique with Darci Lobdell at Studio Sway

Join Darci for a two-week workshop exploring the use of the Alexander Technique for Nia. You need no experience, either in Nia or Alexander, just a sense of curiosity and willingness to pay attention! Remember all Community Movement classes are only $5.00! 

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. 

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Community Movement: Therapeutic Yoga with Anne Woods at Studio Sway
Aug
26
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Therapeutic Yoga with Anne Woods at Studio Sway

Join Anne Woods for a healing and restorative yoga experience. Remember all Community Movement classes are only $5.00! 

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.

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Community Movement: Ecstatic Dance with Elizabeth Cervantes at Studio Sway
Aug
19
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Ecstatic Dance with Elizabeth Cervantes at Studio Sway

Join Elizabeth Cervantes tonight for a special Ecstatic Dance class at Sway. Remember all Community Movement classes are only $5.00! 

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! 

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Community Movement: Nia with Visiting Teacher Kim Lane at Studio Sway
Aug
12
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Nia with Visiting Teacher Kim Lane at Studio Sway

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!"

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Community Movement: Nia with Mo Small at Studio Sway
Aug
5
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Nia with Mo Small at Studio Sway

Black Belt and Nia Trainer Mo Small keeps you moving with a classic Nia class today. Mo has been teaching Nia in the Albuquerque community for many, many years and just returned to teaching after a successful knee surgery! Remember, all Community series classes are only $5.00. 

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Community Movement: AfroDansAnana with Nadine Desormeau at Studio Sway
Jul
29
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: AfroDansAnana with Nadine Desormeau at Studio Sway

Join Nadine for the second of her two visits to Studio Sway this summer to share with you her work called "AfroDansAsana". Remember all Community Movement classes are only $5.00! 

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. 

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Community Movement: Therapeutic Yoga with Anne Woods at Studio Sway
Jul
22
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Therapeutic Yoga with Anne Woods at Studio Sway

Join Anne Woods for a healing and restorative yoga experience. Remember all Community Movement classes are only $5.00! 

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.

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Community Movement: Nia with Mo Small at Studio Sway
Jul
15
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: Nia with Mo Small at Studio Sway

Black Belt and Nia Trainer Mo Small keeps you moving with a classic Nia class today. Mo has been teaching Nia in the Albuquerque community for many, many years and just returned to teaching after a successful knee surgery! Remember, all Community series classes are only $5.00. 

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

 

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Community Movement: AfroDansAsana with Nadine Desormeau at Studio Sway
Jul
1
5:45pm 5:45pm

Community Movement: AfroDansAsana with Nadine Desormeau at Studio Sway

Join Nadine for the first of her two visits to Studio Sway this summer to share with you her work called "AfroDansAsana". Remember all Community Movement classes are only $5.00! 

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. 

For more information about the Community series: http://www.erindamour.com/blog-movement-meditations/

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Feb
22
12:00pm12:00pm

"Magic" Nia Jam: A Routine Launch

Join Sway's Nia teachers for the debut of this new routine from Nia headquarters. Then, join most of us throughout the following week as we each further explore this routine focusing on stability. Plus, I heard a rumor that there will be prizes!

12:00 pm on February 22, 2015 at Studio Sway. $10.00!

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Oct
1
to Oct 24

Nia and the 7 Chakras: A Colorful Class Series

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Energy. It cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. 

I will bring a month-long focus on the relationship between the concept of chakra energy centers and the various concepts of Nia that align with these centers to classes in October. We’ll begin with a beginner’s mind  class on October 1st (wear black). for a general introduction and focus. 

The rest of the schedule, root to crown, is below! Just come dressed in the color of the day and be ready to dance and explore “transformation”. 

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Beginner's Mind, Intro to Chakras; wear Black
Friday, Oct. 3: Root Chakra; wear Red
Wednesday, Oct.  8: Sacral Chakra; wear Orange
Friday, Oct. 10: Solar Plexus Chakra; wear Yellow
Wednesday, Oct. 15: Heart Chakra; wear Green
Friday, Oct. 17: Throat Chakra; wear Turquoise Blue
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Third Eye; wear Deep Indigo Blue
Friday, Oct. 24: Crown Chakra; wear Violet/White

Wednesday class is at 5:45pm
Friday class is at 12:15pm

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Aug
8
5:30pm 5:30pm

Cross-Community Nia Jam (Albuquerque)

Join Studio Nia Santa Fe Nia teachers at Studio Sway on Friday August 8th for our first "cross-community" jam. Men of Nia star Mark Frossard, Kelle Rae Oien and others will be visiting the Q to bring some Santa Fe sparkle to our community. This event serves as a fundraiser for Sway's community dance fund "Everybody Dances".

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May
21
5:45pm 5:45pm

"The Dance" with Mark Frossard

To continue celebrating the Men of Nia, Nia Blue Belt and Studio Nia Santa Fe Owner, Mark Frossard will be your guest teacher at my Wednesday, May 21st class at 5:45 p.m. Mark will be teacher a routine based on the music of George Michael titled "The Dance".

Also a visual artist, Mark was introduced to Nia when commissioned to paint a mural for StudioNia Santa Fe.  Mark timidly stepped into his first class and the inspiration and joy came flooding in!  Mark found that Nia provided the athleticism he was craving, and the enriching of the soul, which was an unexpected discovery.  Somewhere in early adulthood, Mark had lost the playfulness in his dance.  In addition, he had stopped listening to his body and gained over 50lbs.  Nia helped reconnect him to his creativity through movement and become a physically and mentally healthier person.  Through his Nia practice, Mark infuses each class with his fun and quirky sense of humor.  His classes feature a wide range of musical styles that support the joy of movement for every body!

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"Goldfinger" A 007-inspired Nia Class with Jason Alan Griffin
May
7
5:45pm 5:45pm

"Goldfinger" A 007-inspired Nia Class with Jason Alan Griffin

Special Event!

Join me in welcoming Jason Alan Griffin, 1st degree Nia Black Belt and his dog River, a.k.a. Puppy Galore, to Albuquerque for "Goldfinger" a 007 themed Nia class event. This Men of Nia event is sure to be a great time! Puppy Galore will be at Sway, watching class from his crate. Wear something shiny!

$10.00 entry fee (no class cards)

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