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Nia Mentorship: Express Routine – Live, Online, Interactive with Renée Tillotson, Nia Black Belt, 2nd degree
September 12, 2021, @ 9:00 am - January 23, 2022, @ 10:15 am HST
Sundays 9:00 – 10:15 am HST
September 12 – January 23, 2022
14 Week series: skipping 11/28 + 12/05 to 01/02
For Nia White Belts or above
FREE during turbulent times / Donation Option: $130
Note: Continuity is important for keeping the circle of community. Renée asks that you commit to attending the entire series.
Are you ready?
Are you ready to systematically approach a new piece of Nia choreography each week? Ready to dive into deep conversation and exploration of how you live Nia in your life and in your teaching? This group experience provides you with week-by-week support, professional guidance, good cheer and friendship within a small, personalized context.
You will learn the choreography of each song, set against the musical map of the bars of new Nia routine: Express.
We are made to express ourselves. Each human being is born unique from anyone else. Nia movement and Nia routines provide the perfect map to energize the body and spirit, opening the way for you to express yourself.
The routine EXPRESS will teach you to become aware of your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual space, and help you develop the skill of using imagination to enhance moving and support systemic movement. Imagining your core as a “trunk of the tree,” your feet as “roots of the tree,” your arms as “branches of a tree,” and your fingers as “leaves of the tree” will help to engage your whole body and help you establish the physical resilience to dynamically move in and through space.
Use this body of work to engender a resilient, one-of-a-kind dancing spirit!
Benefits of Mentorship with Renée
Participants in Renée’s mentorships series have evolved from never teaching into teaching single songs as guest instructors; to teaching partial or whole classes as subs; to teaching classes of their own; to starting a new studio! Experienced teachers find new inspiration and insight mentoring with Renée and fellow mentees.
“Nia mentorship keeps me grounded and connected to community. I receive so much from Mentorship… Nia techniques, life lessons, wisdom, friendships and connection to community! I’m grateful to Renée and the participants from around the world. We dive deep into all aspects of Nia with our mind, body, emotions and spirit. This mentorship is healing, supportive, inspirational and truly transformative. I found my Nia teaching wings in this program and I continue to grow each week. Thanks Renée”. – Lorna, Nia Blue Belt in Italy
“The single most important thing that I learned was having a sense of community during these unsettling times. I also appreciated learning about the process of the routine and the way people use NIA in their teaching and their daily lives.”- Shondrika, Nia Brown Belt in Georgia
“Your mentoring has meant so much to me on so many levels. it’s wonderful to be part of such a radiant and caring community 🤗😁. It’s such a joy to see you all and learn together every Sunday. It really is a blessing. Since I don’t have the funds currently for additional training, you are helping me to stay committed to my Nia self-development path, and strengthening my confidence and teaching abilities. I’m learning routines I would have struggled to learn alone, and playing with routines I would have dismissed as too challenging. I like to learn in groups, and the regular Nia Mentorship meet up helps me stay committed. Thank you ! 🙏🏻🌺🌊”- Melina, Nia Green Belt in England
“What I’ve most gained from our Nia Mentorship sessions is interconnection and the ability to modify Nia choreography to meet my needs and the needs of Nia students. 💃🏽 The check-in at the beginning of mentorship provides a much needed release and a comforting time of connection for many of us, especially in these uncertain times.” –Lani, Nia Blue Belt in Hawaii
In addition to many individual pieces of choreography over nearly 2 decades of teaching Nia, Renée Tillotson choreographed the first ever Nia routine, Talk Story, to entirely Hawaiian music. She refined the choreography working privately with Carlos Rosas.
Renée has been moving and sharing Nia since 2002. She took all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. She considers herself a citizen of the world. She brings mindful movement practices from around the globe under one roof at Still & Moving Center, which she founded in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2011.
Enthusiasm fills every class and event Renée leads. The motto: ‘Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!” motivates her daily life.
A second degree Nia Black Belt, Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! Nia connects me to pure Joy. I aspire to extend that Joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yin and yang energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia serves as a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”
Engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, filled with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. She loves taking part in conversations that merge philosophical, spiritual and scientific thought with a lifestyle of compassion.
Renée, Director, founded Still & Moving Center to share mindful movement arts from around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the Joy and moving meditation she experiences in the practice of Nia, and from the lifelong learning she’s gained at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California. Still & Moving Center aspires to serve the community, support the Earth and its creatures, and always be filled with laughter and friendship!