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Nia Temporary Studio – Because We Love It

Posted by terrepruitt on October 4, 2011

If you follow me on Twitter, are a Facebook friend of mine, or look at my website, you will have seen that my Nia students and I have been doing Nia in the park.  I teach Nia at two different facilities.  There is my Monday and Wednesday class that meets at 9:00 am.  We meet in a little dance studio in an area of San Jose called Willow Glen.  The studio is about 900 square feet, it has a laminate floor and a large mirror.  It is long and slightly narrow.  It is a nice little place.  I have been teaching there for over two and a half years.  Some of my students have been dancing Nia with me for that long.  In November of 2010 I started teaching Nia on Fridays at a different studio in Los Gatos.  It was a different type of studio . . . it was more of an exercise studio where exercise classes are held.  They had a separate room for Pilates Reformer classes.  Well at the end of August this studio said they were moving.  When they would be done with the move and how it all was going to work was very up in the air.  At one point I was told by one of the owners that we would only miss one Nia class.  So I just decided that one class would be ok to miss.  It would not be worth the time involved to secure another place to hold a class.  But then the next week we were told it would be at least another week.  So I asked my students if they wanted to hold a class in the park.  Many students are wanting to participant in Nia three times a week so they said yes.  We decided to try it.

Well, I think that not having Nia that one Friday really helped us all realize that we do like to have it three times a week.  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday just seems pretty perfect.  On the Friday we met in the park we didn’t know how it would go.  We didn’t know if the weather would cooperate.  We didn’t know if there would be too many people for us to dance on the volleyball court.  See that is one thing, I have often entertained the idea of do Nia in a park, because grass really sound likes a great place to dance barefoot.  Natures cushioned dance floor.  But I have always been concerned about holes, bumps, and ruts.  The thought of someone turning their ankle on the grass has always kept me from following through with it.  Plus, the idea that was tossed about had always been an evening class.  I imagine parks being really busy in the evening.

This park that we have been at is really close to the studio in Willow Glen.  There is a basketball court and a volleyball court that have been empty in the mornings.  I imagine the basketball court is occupied in the evenings, but while we are there it is empty.  The volleyball court is somewhat in the shade and provides us with a smooth flat surface to move on.  The park seems rather busy the hour before we arrive.  Seems like many loving dog owners take their dogs out for morning exercise.  There are mother’s and children at the playground.  We have had to dance without music when the lawnmower has obliterated the sound.  But that was only once or twice for a song or two.

The studio has been closed for longer than we had anticipated.  So we have been doing Nia in the park for four weeks.  The weather has been very nice.  Once it was warmer than we like, but so far we have had great temperatures.  This week it is raining.  The forecast is saying that it will be sunny on Friday, but we will see.  The studio has also announced that it will not be open for two more Fridays.  So we might get this week in at the park and next week.  I have been leaving it up to my students.  If they tell me they are going to be there, then I say, I will be there too!

I have really enjoyed our time at the park.  I sort of wish that we could do it there all year, but with winter coming, although winters in the San Fransisco Bay Area are not full of snow, we do get rain and I don’t think we want to dance in the rain.  So I am sad that our time in the park is ending.  I hope that we will be inspired to do Nia in the park again at some point after these next two weeks.  I am really doing it because my students wanted to do it because we love Nia.  I know that some classes take place on the beach and other outdoor places.  I am so happy that I have been able to experience Nia outdoors and share it with my students.

Yeah, this is me sharing.  🙂

4 Responses to “Nia Temporary Studio – Because We Love It”

  1. niachick said

    Love love love this, Terre! I love that you’re teaching Nia in the park. I’d love to be able to do that…perhaps it will be something I’ll add in 2012!! I trust the studio will be back up and running in another couple of weeks, but I’m delighted that you’ve kept your classes going!


    • I have always looked at Nia classes that have been done outside and on the beach and have wanted to do that. But when discussing it with a friend we always focused on evening classes and doing it on the grass. I have always thought we would be having to “battle” for space in the evenings. And, as you know, Nia is about dancing and letting go and not having to worry about where you put your feet, so the grass idea has always stumped me. It would feel great to dance on soft grass, but I would be worried about people falling. And I always thought we really should do it without shoes.

      As I said in the post the move has been very up in the air. There was always something that was delaying our studio owners from going forward so I didn’t want to work on securing a place when we kept thinking it would be next week, no the next week, no . . . . .

      I am delighted that my STUDENTS kept the class going. I gave the decision to them. They were the ones that were willing to try it to see if it would work. If they hadn’t of been willing to try it we never would have known. They deserve all the credit! Not sure any of them will be available this week, and our weather has been raining, but at least we have done it and we know we can do it again. I am going to try holding a class for two more weeks. On the 21st of October the studio should be ready so we will be back there.

      🙂 Thanks for being here!


  2. Terre- That is so wonderful! I can just see you all in the park and the vision is perfect. Nature and Nia! I do hope you get to do that again. Maybe next year, you can plan a few.


    • It is wonderful. Thank you so much for celebrating it with us.

      We will do it next year. 🙂 Just not sure when. I think we were so fortunate that the trees shaded our dance floor. I will have to scope it out to see when would be the best time to do it during the spring so that we are in the shade and it is not too hot. As you said, plan — I can plan them!

      Hugs to you, Sweet Angelia!


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