|KATHY WOLSTENHOLME – BLACK BELT
I brought Nia to South Africa in March of 2002 and began teaching at Virgin Active. I’ve traveled throughout the country to share my joy, the joy that is Nia.
With the help of international trainers, as of March 2011, 465 white belts have graduated and many teachers have continued through belt levels of mastery. Thousands now dance with Nia daily.
We have walked a long way together, Nia and I. I invite you into this truthful journey with a grateful heart that you are here.
White Belt: 1994 Blue Belt: 1996 Brown Belt: 1998 Black Belt: 2000
|NICCI GATES – BLACK BELT
Nia has gifted me with an ability to move with ease, grace and strength – to play with freedom, expression and abandon – to be open to spontaneity, stillness and my own voice – to step into the unknown of every moment knowing…
Above all it has unleashed in me a desire to achieve mastery – to be the best I can be in this fascinating and powerful movement practice.
I LOVE seeing people receive the same gifts when they move. Every class I teach is a co-creation between me, Nia and those in class.
A moving Ubuntu where laughter is always present no matter what, exhilaration is order of the day and we condition our physical, mental and emotional selves to be the best we can be one step, stance, kick, shimmy and shake at a time.
White Belt: 2002 Blue Belt: 2006 Brown Belt: 2009 Black Belt: 2010
|SHELLEY ANGELIL – BLACK BELT
Nia has ushered in big changes in my life. I have gone from being an unhappy gym bunny to a joyful dancer, from being an English teacher trainer to a passionate Nia teacher.
The further I go in my training, the more my respect for Nia as a body-mind-emotions-spirit discipline deepens. There is nothing else that so fully nurtures all-round well-being and health. It feeds my brain, muscles, joints, heart and lungs, bones! emotions and spirit. Being a Nia student and teacher is an endless journey of discovery, full of rich learning, and much healing.
Nia holds unending delight and fascination for me, and I am so grateful to be able to share this passion with others, and to witness their joy and transformation.
White Belt: 2004 Blue Belt: 2006 Brown Belt: 2008 Black Belt: 2010
|DEE SCHAERER – BLUE BELT
A longing for a physical activity to appeal to all aspects of my being was stilled the day I “stumbled” into a Nia class. It was the beginning of a beautiful, rewarding and an endless journey of discovery and liberation. Nia reawakens our unique spirit, heals our emotional body, calms our mind, stimulates our nervous system and muscles.
It satisfies our longing to be free, expressive and playful, nurtures our connection with others and our relationship to music and guides us towards a heightened awareness of Life. I love the smiles and the sparkles Nia brings out on our faces – the renewed honour it creates for our bodies and the way it reminds us to embrace vastness at every chance.
It is pure joy to witness our continuous transformations and I am honoured and grateful to be teaching and sharing Nia with you.
White Belt: 2003 Blue Belt: 2006
|SIMONE BOTHMA – BROWN BELT
I began my dance with Nia in 2003 and firmly believe through my own experience that when your body mind and spirit are hungry for healing and balance, Nia will bring that to you.
Nia not only energises and nurtures the body, but the mind feels more clear and the spirit soars during and after class. It is like going on a journey and being reminded of how you can choose joy in any moment to enhance your life’s experience. A gentle warmup and invigorating work-out guide you into body sensation and moving in your unique way. The relaxing cool down is a blissfull sensation of fullness.
It is my purpose to bring this joy, this way of dancing through life to those who cross my path.
White Belt: 2003 Blue Belt: 2005 Brown Belt: 2009
|ANDREA CIBRARIO – WHITE BELT
At a young age I discovered my passion for movement, theatre, art and music – but only much later did I learn to appreciate the healing from combining and integrating these into my career and personal life.
Discovering Nia – I went from an unhappy career-driven floating head to a joyful and passionate lover of life. I know that I want to teach young minds how to remain in their bodies before a disconnect occurs, and to share with mature minds the knowledge of reconnecting the disconnect. A mother of a young teenage daughter, I embrace a holistic fitness and wellbeing lifestyle. I continue to learn, heal, love and live more and more.
As a Nia teacher I am privileged to share and learn with you about all the great things that inspire us.
White Belt 2010