John Carrico

Best Place to Dance Like a Hippie Chick

NiaSpace

An instructor here may ask, "Shall we go to the known or the unknown?" or even, "Moby or Terminal Mind?" NIA is the acronym for Neuromuscular Integrative Action; more simply, it's dancing, both for a healthier body and soul. Nia employs a lot of stepping and rocking motions (which can be as gentle or vigorous as you care to make them), along with some martial-arts movements. There's always a "free dance" portion of the class, and a yogalike stretching and cool-down period. The music for the classes tends to be cosmic, I-am-a-goddess, multicultural stuff (at times, we strain not to giggle), but mindless dance music really wouldn't do here. The best part about NIA is that there's no way to do it "wrong"; it would be hard to find a less threatening atmosphere to explore movement than at NiaSpace.

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