Nia Jam aims to dance and donate for those who can't

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's not really dance, and it's not really exercise. But Kilbride-based Black-Belt instructor Anna Shantz knows one thing: Nia feels good. And she wants to share it with others.

"We call it 'movement arts,'" she said of the form that is best described as a fusion of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, such as yoga. She stresses that Nia does the opposite of what most disciplines set out to do.

"It's based on functional fitness," Shantz explained. "If you look at athletes' bodies, you can tell what sport the body has been adapted to. In Nia, the movement adapts to the body."

Shantz has been teaching Nia in the Oakville, Burlington, Kilbride and Carlisle areas for the past five years. She points out that part of Nia's draw is its unique approach to fitness.

"We don't work, we play," she said. "I think everybody works quite enough."

Another attraction, she adds, is the music used during Nia sessions, including international forms such as African tribal music.

Next Saturday, the curious can come out and get a taste of Nia at Memorial Hall in Carlisle, just west of the four-way intersection on Carlisle Road. Shantz is planning a "Nia Jam" that will not only introduce the exercise form in a comfortable setting, but will help out a good cause.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The proceeds, said Shantz, will boost the Soaringwords Foundation, which provides hand decorated quilts and pillows for children in area hospitals.

"The money we raise will purchase pillow kits to donate to one of our hospitals," explained Shantz. "We're hoping to follow up with a 'Dance and Decorate' Jam in a hospital in the area.

"We always love an excuse to get together and dance."

The fundraiser fits with Nia's theme this year, added Shantz.

"In Nia, we say 'Now I Am,' and this year, we say 'Now I am a healer," she said. "Our goal is to reach farther into the community to provide healing for others, even it they're not dancing with us that day.

"We dance with them in spirit."

The Carlisle Nia Jam takes place on Saturday, October 22 at Carlisle Memorial Hall from 1-3 p.m.

For further information, contact Anna Shantz at 905-332-3012 or by email at annaschantz@cogeco.ca.

For further information on The Soaringwords Foundation, visit the Web site at www.soaringwords.org.

Nia Jam aims to dance and donate for those who can't

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's not really dance, and it's not really exercise. But Kilbride-based Black-Belt instructor Anna Shantz knows one thing: Nia feels good. And she wants to share it with others.

"We call it 'movement arts,'" she said of the form that is best described as a fusion of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, such as yoga. She stresses that Nia does the opposite of what most disciplines set out to do.

"It's based on functional fitness," Shantz explained. "If you look at athletes' bodies, you can tell what sport the body has been adapted to. In Nia, the movement adapts to the body."

Shantz has been teaching Nia in the Oakville, Burlington, Kilbride and Carlisle areas for the past five years. She points out that part of Nia's draw is its unique approach to fitness.

"We don't work, we play," she said. "I think everybody works quite enough."

Another attraction, she adds, is the music used during Nia sessions, including international forms such as African tribal music.

Next Saturday, the curious can come out and get a taste of Nia at Memorial Hall in Carlisle, just west of the four-way intersection on Carlisle Road. Shantz is planning a "Nia Jam" that will not only introduce the exercise form in a comfortable setting, but will help out a good cause.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The proceeds, said Shantz, will boost the Soaringwords Foundation, which provides hand decorated quilts and pillows for children in area hospitals.

"The money we raise will purchase pillow kits to donate to one of our hospitals," explained Shantz. "We're hoping to follow up with a 'Dance and Decorate' Jam in a hospital in the area.

"We always love an excuse to get together and dance."

The fundraiser fits with Nia's theme this year, added Shantz.

"In Nia, we say 'Now I Am,' and this year, we say 'Now I am a healer," she said. "Our goal is to reach farther into the community to provide healing for others, even it they're not dancing with us that day.

"We dance with them in spirit."

The Carlisle Nia Jam takes place on Saturday, October 22 at Carlisle Memorial Hall from 1-3 p.m.

For further information, contact Anna Shantz at 905-332-3012 or by email at annaschantz@cogeco.ca.

For further information on The Soaringwords Foundation, visit the Web site at www.soaringwords.org.

Nia Jam aims to dance and donate for those who can't

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's not really dance, and it's not really exercise. But Kilbride-based Black-Belt instructor Anna Shantz knows one thing: Nia feels good. And she wants to share it with others.

"We call it 'movement arts,'" she said of the form that is best described as a fusion of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts, such as yoga. She stresses that Nia does the opposite of what most disciplines set out to do.

"It's based on functional fitness," Shantz explained. "If you look at athletes' bodies, you can tell what sport the body has been adapted to. In Nia, the movement adapts to the body."

Shantz has been teaching Nia in the Oakville, Burlington, Kilbride and Carlisle areas for the past five years. She points out that part of Nia's draw is its unique approach to fitness.

"We don't work, we play," she said. "I think everybody works quite enough."

Another attraction, she adds, is the music used during Nia sessions, including international forms such as African tribal music.

Next Saturday, the curious can come out and get a taste of Nia at Memorial Hall in Carlisle, just west of the four-way intersection on Carlisle Road. Shantz is planning a "Nia Jam" that will not only introduce the exercise form in a comfortable setting, but will help out a good cause.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The proceeds, said Shantz, will boost the Soaringwords Foundation, which provides hand decorated quilts and pillows for children in area hospitals.

"The money we raise will purchase pillow kits to donate to one of our hospitals," explained Shantz. "We're hoping to follow up with a 'Dance and Decorate' Jam in a hospital in the area.

"We always love an excuse to get together and dance."

The fundraiser fits with Nia's theme this year, added Shantz.

"In Nia, we say 'Now I Am,' and this year, we say 'Now I am a healer," she said. "Our goal is to reach farther into the community to provide healing for others, even it they're not dancing with us that day.

"We dance with them in spirit."

The Carlisle Nia Jam takes place on Saturday, October 22 at Carlisle Memorial Hall from 1-3 p.m.

For further information, contact Anna Shantz at 905-332-3012 or by email at annaschantz@cogeco.ca.

For further information on The Soaringwords Foundation, visit the Web site at www.soaringwords.org.