I want to remind everyone that Nia or Nia Technique is a specific practice. It was created in 1983 by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. They were married and now they are not, but Nia is such an important part of their lives and so important to them, that they continue to work together.
Nia has different belt levels; White Belt, the newly added Green Belt, Blue Belt, Brown Belt, and Black Belt. Each Belt has its own set of principles, except for Green. You must wait a year in between belts before you can take the next intensive. (Except for green because it a newly added in the system to assist teachers.)
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I am a White Belt, so I continue to work with the thirteen White Belt Principles:
1–The Joy of Movement 2–Natural Time and the Movement Forms 3–Music and the 8BCs System 4–FreeDance 5–Awareness - Dancing Through Life 6–The Base; Feet and Legs 7–The Three Levels and the Three Levels of Intensity 8–The Core of the Body; Pelvis, Chest, and Head 9–Creative Arm and Hand Expressions 10–X-Ray Anatomy 11–Business and Marketing 12–Continuing Education 13–Dance What You Sense
When I talk about Nia it is based on what Debbie and Carlos have created. They have been working and growing with Nia for 25 years. And if you look at their work and information you will see that it has morphed a little. It is the same basic practice but I believe it gets refined as they grow and change.
So please keep in mind when I talk about Nia, I am talking about something wonderful and specific and it is entirely based on the work of Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas.