I am a licensed Black Belt Nia teacher.

Nia, co-created by Debbie and Carlos Rosas, is a cardio-dance practice that combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Nia tones your mind and tunes your body.

Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced.

Nia is practiced barefoot, non-impact, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

I discovered Nia in 2003 as part of my graduate training in the Experiential Health and Healing program at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. The experience was truly transformational! After feeling paralyzed by grief, one Nia session opened the floodgates and allowed me to start moving and feeling alive again. I knew from that first day I wanted to share the magic of Nia with others.

I’ve practiced a lot of different types of movement. Nia is unparalleled. While there is a form and structure, there is also plenty of freedom and individuality. The guiding sensation of Nia is pleasure. The guiding principle is the joy of movement. Together, they make it so that through movement we can achieve a state of wellness in mind, body, heart and spirit.

My Nia classes focus on developing a student’s self-love and ability to feel joy in their bodies.

As a facilitator, I strive to create a loving, mindful and open space for you to experience the joy of movement, self-expression and healing power of the Nia technique.

My maiden name, Lucero, means “bright star.” I am excited to move, groove and share my light with you.

Nia Class Schedule:

Nia in Dana Point – Starts Friday, May 11, 2018!

Nia in Dana Point, CA
Nia in Dana Point, CA

Explore your Movement Potential! Four weeks of Nia: Dance Into Health

Join me for this introductory series. Nia is a wellness and fitness format that combines the expressiveness of dance, the power and explosiveness of martial arts, and the mindfulness of the healing arts. The foundation of Nia is “through movement we find health.” With over 52 movements that mobilize the base, core and upper extremities of your body, Nia is a holistic practice that creates a pathway for you to explore both your movement potential and capacity for wellness. As you learn to listen and respond to your body, you begin to feel increased joy and pleasure in movement, which inherently improves your well-being. This series is excellent if you are new to Nia or want to deepen your practice.

Date: Fridays (see below)

  • May 11, 2018 –  Explore the potential of the base of your body
  • May 18, 2018 – Explore the potential of the core of your body
  • May 25, 2018 – Explore the potential of your upper body
  • June 1, 2018 – Putting it all together – base, core and upper body!

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Mind Body Wellness Club, 34207 Pacific Coast Highway Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: $60 for the 4 week series or $18 drop-in

Classes are one hour and practiced barefoot to soul-stirring music. Everyone is welcome. The choreography is simple to follow and you get to do it your own way. Start where you are and come explore your movement potential!

Payment: Cash, check, Venmo, Square or PayPal (below)

Nia in Dana Point: Explore your Movement Potential


Nia in Newport Beach – Summer 2018

Nia in Newport Beach, CA
Nia in Newport Beach, CA

Nia is returning to Orange County, CA this summer! With huge heart thanks to long-time Nia teacher, Marilyn Tradewell, I’ll be teaching Nia for 6 weeks this summer at the Community Youth Center (CYC) in Newport Beach, CA.

When: Saturdays from 10:15am – 11:15am

  • June 30
  • July 7
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28
  • August 4

Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Register: Register through the City of Newport Beach website.
Search for Nia: Dance Into a Healthy Body.
Registration opens on: May 17, 2018 at 8am

Class fees, two options: 
1. All 6 classes: $95.00 (Resident), $105.00 (Non-resident)
2. Drop-in rate: $20

Note: The instructor is listed as Marilyn Tradewell, Black Belt. Marilyn is my amazing mentor, friend and colleague who ignited Nia in Orange County over a decade ago and is paving the way for me to carry on the flame!

Promo Video:

Enjoy this short and sweet little promo video created by NiaSeattle first degree Black Belt teacher Jason Alan Griffin as part of the NiaSeattle Visibility Project. Check the NiaSeattle Facebook page for more videos of Nia teachers in Seattle!

Nia in action:

What to wear

Wear loose comfortable clothes that you can easily move and sweat in.
Nia is traditionally practiced barefoot. If, for health reasons, you must wear shoes, please ensure that they are “indoor” shoes only.

What to bring to class

Bring drinking water.
You may want to bring a towel.

Tips for class:

  • Listen to your body. In Nia, we follow the pleasure principle: if it feels good, keep doing it. If it doesn’t feel good, tweak it until you find what feels good for you.
  • Do less. Don’t worry about breaking a sweat at first. Instead, connect to your feet. Allow your feet time to develop strength so that you stay comfortable. Increase intensity gradually.
  • Give yourself time to “learn” the moves. Once your legs are dynamically involved, begin to add more movement of the core and arms. Increase complexity gradually.
  • Express yourself. Use your voice and breath to stimulate your core. Be yourself and move in your own unique and beautiful way. Let go of fear and dance.
  • Play. Instead of spending energy on expecting, analyzing, or critiquing, let your inner child come out and open yourself up to having an amazing experience.

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