Oct 28: Samhain- End of the Harvest
Nov 18: Gratitude
Dec 9: Snow Dance
Jan 13, 2024: Freedom
Feb 17, 2024: Love
March 23, 2024: Equinox (Guest facilitator: Miku Lenentine)
April 20, 2024: Earth Day
May 18, 2024: Aloha
June 22, 2024: Solstice
July 13, 2024: Summer
August 10, 2024: TBD
Sept 21, 2024: Fall Equinox
Oct 19, 2024: Samhain
Nov 16, 2024: TBD
Dec. 21, 2024: Solstice
Monthly on Saturdays 5:00 – 6:30 PM HST
Our monthly ecstatic dance begins at 5:00 pm with a 90 minute curated musical journey. Create your own experience of body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Our dance themes are connected to earth-based celebrations following the Wheel of the Year.
Come 30 minutes early, at 4:30pm, for some warm up instruction and practice with techniques from contact improvisation and other tools to enhance your dance.
Contact Improv practice: 4:30 – 5:00 pm
Ecstatic Dance 5:00 – 6.30 pm
Cultivate your authentic life force energy with a free-form dance experience! Let the deeply engaging music get you out of your head, releasing into movement-creativity. Enhance your physical conditioning, self-healing, true listening and emotional self-awareness.
Experienced ecstatic dance facilitator Krista Hiser (and sometimes, guest DJs) create soundscapes to inspire your dance journey in-Person in our Barefoot Ballroom. After opening the space and guiding a warmup, your movement choices are your own.
A closing circle after the class, always optional, gives you the chance to reflect on your experience and connect with this conscious dance community. Our ecstatic dancers have shared the following experiences after dancing:
“I feel like I can really just be me.”
“It’s like I’m resetting my aura every week.”
“I thought I was tired but I discovered new energy.”
“I revisited a memory and got a new perspective.”
“I love just listening to the music. It’s an experience I couldn’t create for myself.”
When I stepped into my first Nia class, I thought “this is it!” It was like a cool dance party, except it was 9 am, and in a gym. I could get fit, have fun, and wear cool pants! For me, Nia is the ultimate in efficiency: in one hour, I get a physical workout, a mental re-set, an emotional experience through music, and an energizing connection to my sacred purpose on the planet. It’s a workout, a dance party with friends, and a therapy session wrapped into one amazing hour! Nia is THE 21st century fitness modality! In my classes, I create an energetic, athletic experience for every-BODY, grounded in the joy of movement, clarity of the 52 moves, freedance, and luxurious floorplay and relaxation.
My style is athletic, creative, and zany. I teach Nia from my heart and I’m usually surprised at what comes out. I love to play with the spirit and energy of the group – each class is a unique co-creation that will never happen again! I am committed to Nia as a personal practice, and I teach it as a cumulative subject of inquiry. You can just show up to work out and break a sweat, but if you really choose Nia, my classes can be a catalyst transformative change. I am here to empower each participant to love their body and their life, and to impact our community and the world by doing whatever it is they do, and doing it better! At Still and Moving, the Athletic Nia class is 15 minutes longer, allowing a sustained cardio peak and additional time for conditioning floorplay and strength work.
In Nia, “Athletic” refers to options that can leave the ground with a jump, or press into the floor with a push up. I teach Athletic Nia by modeling the edge of Nia choreography and adding improvisational bursts of energy and freedance. But the words you will hear most out of my mouth are: “you choose,” and “here’s an option,” making even my most athletic class accessible and inspiring for all.
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