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Twenty years ago, Nia Technique Founder Carlos Rosas created the routine Bliss. I was a new Nia student at the time and remember the buoyant, powerful feeling when I danced the routine. I felt like I was flying.

In the intervening years, I come back to some of my favorite songs from Bliss but I rarely teach the routine as a whole. This week, Mary Linn and I will teach our interpretation of this classic routine together on Monday and Thursday* and I’ll offer my own Bliss-ish playlist on Tuesday and Wednesday**.

The original music of the routine is largely selections from Rae & Christian’s 1998 album Northern Sulphuric Soul. I love the variety of sounds and the rich, passionate vocals in these tracks which offer ears and imagination and bones a playground. Bracketing Rae & Christian are three pieces from Shantel’s Higher Than the Funk album, also from 1998. These have a meditative pulsing quality that help my thinking mind relax and my body to explore.

Carlos’ focus was on the balance between gravity’s grounding and the electromagnetic pull up. The image he used was the flame: fueled and rooted to the source while pouring energy up. After dancing this focus in different ways over the years, I think of this energetic balance as the way humans soar. The way we can fly is to push up out of the Earth itself. Earth grounds us and Heaven pulls us. In our bodies, the 1st and 7th Chakras create that even energy pull of rooted and expansive.

And, as Buddha Cat (that wise creature) reminds me, a simpler view of this focus is the balance between up and down.

Please experience Bliss this week — either with us in the studio or wherever you are.

* Bliss with Susan & Mary Linn
Monday, May 14, 1045am-12noon, acac albemarle square
Thursday, May 17, 840-940am, acac downtown
Thursday, May 17, 630-730pm, acac albemarle square

** Bliss-ish with Susan
Tuesday, May 15, 840-940am, acac downtown
Wednesday, May 16, 11-1215pm, acac albemarle square

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new chickens 031114 010The music from a week of learning from your best teacher (your body!) and also celebrating National Dance Like A Chicken Day (May 14 will never be the same, right?)!

Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

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Monday, May 12, 2014, 1045am ~ Your Best Teacher

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound
Calling 5:52 Bliss
Lovers House 4:49 City Reverb
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) 5:53 City Reverb
Shakin’ It Up 6:15 Ganga Girl
I Know I’m Not Alone 4:04 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Shine 4:12 Joshua
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
Long Ride Home 3:52 Michael Franti & Spearhead
Any Other Name 4:10 Thomas Newman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9am ~ Your Best Teacher

Snakeroot 7:58 Lis Addison
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) 7:08 Kaya Project
Quero Saber (fest. Orieta Pines) 6:29 Rodney Hunter
Walk Into The Sun 5:21 Dirty Vegas
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Deeper (Into Places) (Silk Spinner Mix) 6:23 Afterlife
Hey Hey Hey 3:47 Michael Franti & Spearhead
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sweet Little Lies 4:44 Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Unwinding 7:00 Parijat

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1055am ~ Your Best Teacher (Dance Like a Chicken Day!)

Wonderwall 4:09 Ryan Adams (Oasis cover)
You Can’t Always Get What You Want 6:47 Rusted Root (Rolling Stones cover)
Love The One You’re With 5:03 Luther Vandross (Crosby Stills & Nash cover)
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs (Roxy Music cover)
Keep On Searching 5:08 Kraak & Smaak
Super Freak 4:04 Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs (Rick James cover)
Higher Ground 3:22 Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder cover)
Chicken Payback 3:14 A Band of Bees
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (Feat. Rod Stewart) 4:22 N-Trance (Rod Stewart cover)
Sweet Child o’ Mine (Rick Rubin…) 3:56 Sheryl Crow (Guns ‘n’ Roses cover)
Train In Vain 4:44 Annie Lennox (The Clash cover)
The Joker 4:46 k.d. lang (Steve Miller Band cover)
Make You Feel My Love 3:34 Adele (Dylan cover)

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9am ~ Your Best Teacher

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Human Love 5:20 Dirty Vegas
Smokey Quartz 6:59 Shakatura
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Born 2B Wild 7:59 Puff Dragon
Sexual Revolution 4:48 Macy Gray
Raag Trance 5:32 Biddu
Club Thing 4:25 Yoav
What Goes Around … Comes Around 5:11 Justin Timberlake
The Way I Am 2:13 Ingrid Michaelson
Coming Down 7:47 Rasiya

NIA TRAINER, JULIE WYLIE, COMING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

We’re excited to support a weekend of classes and workshops with Nia Trainer, Julie Wylie, July 18-20 and then a Nia White Belt training September 16-22. Events will include lots of things for everyBODY as well as for belts wanting to reconnect to the principles and practices. More info coming soon. For now, mark your calendar!

TWO SPECIAL NIA EVENTS AT ACAC MIDLOTHIAN (remember: if you’re a member in Cville, you’re a member there)

Join Britta von Tagen, international Nia teacher and Nia trainer, for a Heart of Nia Playshop. This playshop will help you tap into your own deep and personal connection to Nia by developing your sensitivity as a Sacred Athlete.
Sunday, May 25, Midlothian ACAC 12-3p.m.
$35 ACAC member pre-pay ($45 at the door, space permitting)
$45 Non-member pre-pay ($55 at the door, space permitting)

Jason Alan Griffin, First Degree Black Belt, is stopping in Richmond for his cross country Nia tour. This is a one of a kind opportunity to experience Jason’s style of Nia as we sweat to some remixed James Bond theme songs and other classic Shirley Bassey tunes.
Monday, May 26 at the Midlothian ACAC. 8:15 a.m.
The class is FREE for ACAC members and $12 for non-members.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…

If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.

Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. There is one planned in Charlottesville in September (see above) and lots of other places, too.

FlyIt’s been fun FLY-ing all week ~ dancing on that edge of learning. Monday, I felt like I was downhill skiing out of control. Tuesday, like I was cross country skiing with an occasional out of control moment. Wednesday & Thursday, like I was ice skating (falling a couple of times). I’d love to hear any and all comments about how the routine feels to you: the movements, the sensations, the music. I’d love to hear it.

Next week, we’ll keep soaring with the Fly movementd. I’ll start playing with the music a bit, keep looking for the just right freedance and we’ll all get a little stronger and more flexible. More on that in my next post.

Dance on. Shine on. Fly on.  Susan sig

 

 

 

P.S. I mistakenly indicated that the Fly routine was available for purchase. It’s actually just the music that is available. You can get it here. There are other Nia routines that you can buy to use at home or on the road and you can get those here.

Monday, January 6, 2014, 1045am ~ The Feeling of Fly

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Beatbox 7:56 Crazy P
Don’t Stop Dancing (Featuring Haley) 3:42 Kaskade & EDX
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Dancing Tonight 4:18 Kat DeLuna
The Sound Of Winter 3:27 Bush
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Beautiful 4:10 Erika Jayne
Rhythm & Beat 4:33 Étienne De Crécy
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 9am ~ The Feeling of Fly

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Beatbox 7:56 Crazy P
Don’t Stop Dancing (Featuring Haley) 3:42 Kaskade & EDX
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Dancing Tonight 4:18 Kat DeLuna
The Sound Of Winter 3:27 Bush
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fly Away 3:43 Lenny Kravitz
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Beautiful 4:10 Erika Jayne
Rhythm & Beat 4:33 Étienne De Crécy
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 1055am ~ The Feeling of Fly

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Beatbox 7:56 Crazy P
Don’t Stop Dancing (Featuring Haley) 3:42 Kaskade & EDX
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Dancing Tonight 4:18 Kat DeLuna
The Sound Of Winter 3:27 Bush
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Flying High (Masters at Work Brazilian Vocal Mix) 5:06 Byron Stingily
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
Beautiful 4:10 Erika Jayne
Rhythm & Beat 4:33 Étienne De Crécy
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 9am ~ The Feeling of Fly

Wish You Were Here 6:12 Bliss
Beatbox 7:56 Crazy P
Don’t Stop Dancing (Featuring Haley) 3:42 Kaskade & EDX
What Do You Say 5:00 Haley
Dancing Tonight 4:18 Kat DeLuna
The Sound Of Winter 3:27 Bush
Drop It Low 3:45 Kat DeLuna
Fly 4:53 Sugar Ray
Fly 3:33 Bart Hafeman
And She Was 3:39 Talking Heads
Butterfly 4:30 Bob Holroyd
Serengeti (Bliss Mix) 5:30 Infernal
Spreading Wings 4:31 Gabriel Yared

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