What attracted me to become a Nia teacher?
I was introduced to Nia by my own teacher and first trainer, Kathy Wolstenholme, who brought the technique out to South Africa. As a child, I had a deep yearning for dance, but having “flunked” ballet, aged 3, my mother did not believe dance was my calling! At the age of 20, tremendously timid and nervous, I finally enrolled at my very first dance class ……. and never looked back! I have been dancing now for more than 3 decades. I took adult open classes in Modern and Jazz, did exams while 6 months pregnant and generally allowed my inner child to finally delight in dancing my dance! In 2002 I stepped into the aerobics studio of the then Health and Racquet Club and was asked to take off my shoes for the class. Unthinkable! The lights were dimmed, the music began and I felt myself coming home to my body for the first time. And the joy flowed and flowed and flowed.
In January 2003 I took my White Belt training, simply to expand my understanding of Nia and for my own personal growth. Little did I know that that would lead within 3 short months into teaching classes at the fledgling River Club Nia Studio. From these humble beginnings, I branched out on my own and began teaching in Hout Bay from July 2003. It began with kicking off my shoes in a gym. It continues to this day, uninterrupted, with many hours of training, hundreds of classes and workshops and various studio spaces for Nia Hout Bay. All held together with boundless joy and truly “delighting in dancing my own dance”! My inner 3 year old smiles at the thought of those nasty beginnings to the beautiful world of dance!