What is Nia?

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.

 was co-created by Debbie and Carlos Rosas over 35 years ago and was the first non-impact aerobics practice that focused on joy, pleasure and designed movement around the body’s way. Nia’s philosophy is that “fitness must address the whole human being, not just the body. Exercise that’s done strictly for its own physical sake, divorced from the emotions and human spirit, isn’t satisfying, isn’t fun and eventually fails. To achieve whole-being integration, you must address the whole person. Nia accomplishes this by combining several classic movement forms.”

The nine movement forms that comprise Nia, that you experience in Nia classes, are:

  • Dance Arts: Jazz, Modern & Duncan Dance
  • Martial Arts: T’ai Chi, Tae Kwon Do & Aikido
  • Healing Arts: Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique & Yoga

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

I am a first degree black belt level trained Nia teacher, the highest level of training for a teacher. I am also trained in several other Nia specialty practices: Moving to Heal, Nia 5 Stages and 52 Moves.

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.

Live in themomentI’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:

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Nia in Corona Del Mar – Starts July 13, 2019

Nia CYC July AugustDance into health with Nia! Improve your muscle tone, posture, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, stress threshold, and capacity for joy. Nia combines the expressiveness of dance, the power of martial arts & the mindfulness of the healing arts. The moves are simple to follow & practiced barefoot to soul-stirring music.

When: Saturdays from 10:15am – 11:15am
Dates: 7 sessions from July 13 – August 24, 2019
Specific Dates: July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2019
Location: Community Youth Center (CYC), 3000 Fifth Ave, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Series (7 class sessions):  $110.00 (Resident) | $120.00 (Non-resident)
Register now: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cnbreg/Activity_Search/nia-dance-into-a-healthy-body/47305
Drop-in rate: $20 (Drop-in’s always welcome)

Drop-in’s can pay in person at the front deck at the Community Youth Center (CYC).
The drop-in process is below.

To drop-in:
– Arrive about 10 minutes before class to check-in.
– Go to the Community Youth Center (CYC) front desk.
– The fee is $20 (resident and non-resident fee).
– You can pay via cash, check or credit card.
– If paying in cash, you must have the exact amount (they do not have change).
– If paying via check, make it payable to City of Newport Beach
– Then take your shoes off, go to the Corona del Mar room and let’s dance!
**If after paying the drop-in fee you decide you want to do pay for the entire series, they will transfer your drop-in fee to pay for the series.

Cornflake Girl: Nia to the music of Tori Amos – Special Masterclass Sunday, July 14, 10AM-11:30AM in Long Beach

I am thrilled to announce that I will be subbing for Courtney Stammler on Sunday, July 14 in Long Beach, CA! I am looking forward to sharing version 3 of a body of work I created to the music of Tori Amos. It’s a 90-minute masterclass focused on modern dance, one of Nia’s 9 movement forms.

When: Sunday, July 14, 2019, 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Location: En Point Dance & Fitness, 713 Termino Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804
Class fee: $16 drop-in or class card with Courtney Stammler

Much of my adolescent and early adult years were spent listening to the moody, emotional, rebellious, quirky, melodic and edgy music of Tori Amos. The routine I have crafted is rooted in modern dance (in a Nia way). The choreography invites us to play with shapes in space, to go inward and then outward, to be melodic and explosive, to be smooth and sharp, and to most of all explore the beauty, depth and breadth of emotional expression. The routine is of my own creation and is not an official or endorsed Nia routine. Let’s play!


Nia: Moving to Heal in Newport Beach – Starts July 17, 2019

Gentle Dance that is Movement as Medicine

M2H Summer Marina ParkRegister now.

Moving to Heal is a gentle Nia class. Nia is a fusion of dance, martial arts and healing arts such as yoga. Moving to Heal is adaptable for anyone returning to movement, recovering from injury or illness, or simply needing a slower pace. This beautiful class format is designed for people seeking ways to feel better and more joyful in their bodies. Enjoy easy-to-follow choreography to fun music in a supportive atmosphere of safety and trust. Open to drop-in’s!

When: Wednesdays from 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Dates: 6 sessions from July 17 – August 21, 2019
Specific Dates: July 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 14 & 21, 2019
Location: Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA, 92663
Instructor: Jennifer Lucero-Earle
Class fee: All 6 classes: $113 or $20 drop-in
Register now: https://apm.activecommunities.com/cnbreg/Activity_Search/nia-moving-to-heal-gentle-dance/47254
Drop-in to any class $20 (Drop-in’s always welcome) *Pay the front desk.

Things to bring and know:


Join Jennifer for Two Special Events in San Diego on Sunday, July 21, 2019

Resurrection: A Nia-inspired routine with Jennifer Lucero-Earle

Resurrection - San DiegoSunday, July 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
Location: Dorothea Laub Dance Place (Liberty Station), Studio Room 106, 2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $15 Drop-in or class card with Janice Steinberg
Payment: Cash, check, credit card, Venmo (Jennifer-Lucero-Earle), and PayPal (jennifer@jenniferluceroearle.com)
Register: Email Jennifer at jennifer@jenniferluceroearle.com OR Janice at janicesteinberg@cox.net

Rise up. Awaken. Heed the call of your most holy and whole self. Sense your aliveness.

Inspired by the tarot card of Judgment and choreographed using the language of Nia, Resurrection sparks the life force energy in the body to awaken, rise and expand from the root to the crown.

This body of work was choreographed by Jennifer Lucero-Earle, First Degree Black Belt and creator of ArcanaDance™, and fuses the language of Nia with the embodied archetypal storytelling of tarot. This journey into universal and personal consciousness is one of a kind.

This class is a teaser for the ArcanaDance™ workshop, The Dance of Awakening the Limitless Self: A Somatic Tarot Workshop with The Judgment Card. See below!


ArcanaDance™ – The Dance of Awakening the Limitless Self: A Somatic Tarot Workshop with The Judgment Card

ArcanaDance Judgement San DiegoSunday, July 21, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Location: Dorothea Laub Dance Place (Liberty Station), Studio Room 106, 2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost: $35 Advance/ $40 Day of
Payment: Cash, check, credit card, Venmo (Jennifer-Lucero-Earle), and PayPal (jennifer@jenniferluceroearle.com)
Register: Email Jennifer at jennifer@jenniferluceroearle.com OR Janice at janicesteinberg@cox.net

In the tarot, the Judgment card is the archetype of rebirth. At the heart of this archetype is resurrecting the limitless self that has been buried deep within us as a result of judgment, criticism and shame. We are summoned to rise up and reclaim ourselves through expanded awareness, forgiveness, and commitment to our purpose.

This introductory ArcanaDance™ workshop guides us through an embodied journey of expanded awareness, liberation from constriction, and heeding the call to a new beginning.

This practice is unlike any tarot experience. We learn the tarot through the language of the body. We listen. We write. We dance. We do ritual. Our mind is suspended, our heart is held, and our soul speaks directly to us through the primal intelligence of our body. And a new story for our lives is written.

ArcanaDance™ is somatic tarot. Created by Jennifer Lucero-Earle, this therapeutic practice is designed to facilitate self-discovery, empowerment, transformation & healing through a fusion of tarot, guided movement & music. No tarot or dance experience required.

Attend both events for a special rate!
Register for both events for $45 Advance/$50 Day of
To register: Email Jennifer at jennifer@jenniferluceroearle.com OR Janice at janicesteinberg@cox.net



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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