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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 – Fridays August 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2018 

Nia in August Dana Point CAJoin me for this introductory series focused on exploring your movement potential with Nia’s Body’s Way Principles. The way we move in Nia is based on the design of the individual body and how it needs to move to optimally support its design and structure.

The five Body’s Way Principles are:

  1. The Body Thrives on Dynamic Ease
  2. The Body Demands Balance
  3. The Body is Balanced in Yin and Yang
  4. The Body’s Way Demands Simultaneous Mobility & Stability
  5. The Body Itself Reveals The Body’s Way

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 9 movement forms, 13 somatic principles and over 52 movements that mobilize your entire 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), 10:30am – 11:30am

  • August 3, 2018 – Moving with Dynamic Ease
  • August 10, 2018 – Moving with Balance
  • August 17, 2018 – Moving with Yin and Yang
  • August 24, 2018 – Moving with Simultaneous Mobility & Stability
    Underlying all four classes will be the invitation to notice how your body reveals to you how it wants to move for optimal wellness. 

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Mind Body Wellness Club (upstairs), 34207 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629
Cost: $60 for the 4 week series or $18 drop-in
Come to one, two, three or all four classes. Drop-in’s are welcome! 

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 – Saturdays at 10:15am, June 30 – August 4, 2018

Copy of Nia Newport Marilyn and JenniferNia is returning to Orange County, CA this summer! With huge heart thanks to long-time Nia teacher, Marilyn Tradewell, she and I will be co-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 now: Register through the City of Newport Beach website.
Search for Nia: Dance Into a Healthy Body.

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!

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

You can register for all six classes OR you can drop-in to any class for $20. The drop-in process is below. Pay in person at the front deck at the Community Youth Center (CYC).

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.
– 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.


Special Nia Class to the music of Hamilton

Hamilton Nia SD July 22Date: Sunday, July 22, 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Dance Place San Diego, Studio 106, 2650 Truxtun Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
Cost: $12
Payment: Pay in person n July 22 at Dance Place via cash or check to Janice Steinberg or Kriszti Van Slyke

Two and a half years ago I created a Nia routine to the music of the Broadway hit, Hamilton. More than a tale of a founding father, the story of immigrants, big dreams, love and loss spoke to me. And, it is so profound for me, as a Puerto Rican-Argentinian, to see so many beautiful people of color at the forefront of producing and starring in this show. My fellow Nia teachers, Janice Steinberg and Kriszti Van Slyke, have asked me to come and teach my Hamilton routine in San Diego on Sunday, July 22, 1:00pm at the Dance Place in San Diego. I hope you can join us!

After the Nia class, stay and join us for a talk and book signing with Elizabeth Cobbs, author of the historical novel, The Hamilton Affair.

 


Nia in Newport Beach – Saturdays at 10:15am, October 13 – December 15, 2018 (Registration opens August 2, 2018)

Nia Corona del Mar The next seven-week series of Nia on Saturdays in Newport Beach with me (Jennifer) and Marilyn Tradewell begins on October 13, 2018.
No classes will be held on: October 27, November 10 and November 24.

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

  • October 13
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17
  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15

*No classes will be held on: October 27, November 10 and November 24.

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

Register: Register through the City of Newport Beach website.
Registration opens on Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Search for Nia: Dance Into a Healthy Body.

Instructors: Marilyn Tradewell and Jennifer Lucero-Earle
** The instructor is listed as Marilyn Tradewell, Black Belt. However, you get two Black Belt trained teachers for this class, Marilyn and me! We will co-teach all seven classes.

Class fees, two options:
1. All 7 classes: $110.00 (Resident), $120.00 (Non-resident)
2. Drop-in rate: $20

You can register for all seven classes online OR you can drop-in to any class for $20.
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.
– 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.


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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