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Nia Mentorship Series: Velvet Routine – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Renée Tillotson, 2nd Degree Nia Black Belt

January 10, 2021, @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am HST

January 10 – April 18, 2021
9:00 am – 10:15 am

12 Week series: January 10 – April 18, 2021

For Nia Belts, White Belt or above – FREE during turbulent times

(payment options also available for those who feel inclined)

Note: Continuity is important for keeping the circle of community. Renée asks that you commit to attending the entire series.

Learn from a Nia master in action: Debbie Rosas, choreographer of the routine “Velvet”! This beautifully crafted routine combines power and grace with a full-spectrum of movement variety. An experienced Nia teacher (which this Mentorship series helps you to become) could take the gorgeous choreography of any of Velvet’s songs and apply the katas to another piece of music. The routine’s focus on the “Hands” works well with this year’s theme at Still & Moving Center: Self-Crafting.

Let Your Soul Guide Your Heart and the soaring Nia classic Free are some of the outstanding songs you’ll love in the Velvet routine.

Renée Tillotson, Nia Black Belt, 2nd degree, facilitates a Nia-Life-Spirit check-in before every session, finding deep relevance to our daily lives as “Spirit clothed in flesh”, as Debbie Rosas likes to talk about our experience in a sacred body. We connect Nia concepts with a theme for the week, enhancing our teaching skill to set a focus and intent.

We next learn the “katas” that make up each song, and how they fit with the music, easily and organically absorbing the principles of Nia’s “bars”. Renée unpacks each move to approach it safely and simply. She also demonstrates more energetically intense variations. 

Syllabus for the 12 Week series

Jan 10  –  Song 1:  Yours Sincerely

Jan 17  –  Song 2: Oolong Journey

Jan 24  –  Song 3:  Lovin’ Music (Justin Le Mar Remix)

Jan 31  –  Song 4:  Show Me Something

Feb 7  –  Song 5: Let Your Soul Guide Your Heart

Feb 14  –  Song 6: National Dobro

Feb 21 – Song 7: Don’t Deny My Love

Feb 28  –  Song 8: Free

(Mar 7 skipped)

Mar 15 – Song 9: How Does It Feel

Mar 21 – Song 10: Spring Again

Mar 28 – Review songs 1-5

(April 4- skipped)

April 11 – Review songs 6-10

TBC April 18- full reviewMar 7  –  Song 9: How Does It Feel


Participants in former 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.

This mentorship program provides important instructional tips and a huge virtual hug of support and encouragement. You will share bonds of fellowship and interconnectedness with your fellow mentees that are almost palpable.



Renée Tillotson


A 2nd Degree Nia Black Belt, Renée has earned every one of her Nia belts from the co-founders, Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. Renée shares insights from her 17 years of applying Nia practice to the art of living. She founded Still & Moving Center in 2011 as a studio of mindful movement, offering international teacher trainings plus 80 classes a week, including Nia, hula, yoga, aerial, martial arts, dance, Feldenkrais and more.


“I’m grateful to Renée and her mentorship program, and the participants from around the world. We dive deep into all aspects of Nia with our mind, body, emotions and spirit. It 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 Moglia, White & Green Belt from California.

“The Nia Mentorship Series that I’ve attended online with Still & Moving Center has been such a great opportunity for me to stay “connected” to my Nia practice and Nia community in a way I could not have imagined when I signed up. The experience, love and appreciation of Nia that Renée, Nancy and others that have shared in the mentoring of this class and what they bring to the table and the dance floor is incredible!

Learning a new routine with the class, reviewing and diving deeper into the Nia principles and practices has been such a great learning opportunity for me.Through this Mentorship Series experience I continue to learn and grow in my confidence and ability to share Nia as a newer teacher as well as my own personal Nia practice.

I have also improved immensely the ability to put into practice my learnings as I draw from the “well” of Nia and “dance through life” in my own mind, body spirit experiences of each day.”

– Mikelle Ivers, Nia White, Green & Blue Belt from Wyoming.

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January 10, 2021,
9:00 am - 10:15 am HST
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