Nia has changed my life. It allows me to connect with my body in a fun, safe way.

What Is Nia?

Nia is an exhilarating barefoot cardio workout combining the martial arts, dance and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Nia is:  

I love everything about this class. Erin is fantastic! She’s the best teacher I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of teachers!
— Betty
  • a martial arts dance class that improves how you think, feel, move and look

  • a blend of technique & creativity; the fusion of The Body’s Way with Your Body’s Way

  • a marriage of form & freedom that optimizes physical conditioning & adaptability to life change

Nia teaches you to listen to your body’s sensations as a method to achieve your fitness goals. Nia integrates 52 moves to increase your range of motion, strength, flexibility, agility and stability. It's movement designed for the body: for the sustainability and love of the body.

“Nia is one of my most precious tools for staying connected to my body and spirit. Erin’s classes are dynamic and fun and always adaptable to my particular mood: if I need to sweat I can sweat and if I need to be gentle there’s always room to move in my body’s own way. Nia is my time to plug in and recharge.”
— Bess Welden

Nia draws from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels.

Nia takes play to heart. In Nia we embrace the power of play and staying curious and open to the unexpected... We like to practice unknowing what we think we know, so we can be present for what's really happening! 

Nia gets you in your body, it’s fun, and it delivers results: cardio and muscle conditioning, weight loss, stress reduction, and increased energy and vitality! 

The magic of Nia is that every class is a homecoming. Guided so lovingly by Erin, I’ve be able to listen and learn to love my body as is. I am so very thankful.
— Deb Hart
THANK YOU for making movement fun at any age!!
— D.D.

Press 

Bangor Daily News Creative Health: How to Stay Healthy Using the Arts, by Kate Beever

Bangor Daily News Opinion: Recovery Can Take a Community. My Recovery from Alcoholism Did, by Heather Denkmire

Keep Me Current: Nia Fitness Moves to City, by Suzanne Hodgson