Nia Classes at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center
at the University of Virginia

Moving to heal, your body’s way, for all abilities


Thanks to a generous grant from the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler group, I have the honor of teaching  FREE Nia classes twice a week at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at the University of Virginia.  

Classes are held on the 4th floor in the reception area by the roof garden (but we are moving to a new location April 2–see info below).  Please spread the word that these classes are FREE for people with cancer, cancer survivors, their caregivers, & ECCC providers. No registration required; so drop in anytime! (Any weather-related cancellations will be posted at the top of this page.)

Nia Classes at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center
at UVA

Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Construction to remodel the 4th floor at ECCC begins soon so in April we will be moving classes right around the corner to the
University Baptist Church.

University Baptist Church
Community Room G 17
FREE Parking in the church parking lot!


Red Line Option 2As a healer, dancer, and bodyworker who teaches people to fall in love with their bodies and stay connected to sensation, Susan’s words, advice, and insights give us tools for having a passionate and sensual relationship with the body.

~DEBBIE ROSAS, Founder of The Nia Technique
From her endorsement of Susan’s Wellness Wisdom book
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The dynamic precision of martial artsT’ai Chi, Aikido, & Tae Kwon Do
The expressiveness of dance artsJazz, Modern Dance, & Duncan Dance
The self-healing potential ofYoga, Feldenkrais, & The Alexander Technique

ST Nia Photo for new siteIt was truly a JOY to discover Nia in 1997 while I was the Director of Health Promotion and assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. I remember a colleague walking into my office with a flyer advertising a free Nia class that night at a local studio. She said, “Susan, this has your name all over it!” She was right. After enjoying classes for two years, I flew to California to take the first level of Nia training. I began teaching in Charlottesville a few months later.

carlosDebbie-Rosas-Headshot-2011-0319It has been a privilege to complete all my trainings with The Nia Technique co-creators Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas (pictured right). As a black belt Nia instructor, Nia Moving to Heal instructor, and certified Nia 5 Stages of Self-Healing instructor; I continue to learn and grow through joy with each class I teach and each Nia training I take. And after teaching several thousand classes, I can assure you that the learning and the joy continues.  

Candle1Nia students and teachers in Antwerp, New York City, Washington DC, Toronto, Seattle, Waimea (Hawaii), and cities in between have been moved by my signature workshop: Igniting the Power of the Pelvis. It combines the best of my experiences as a sexuality health educator, nourisher, and Nia teacher.

When I moved to the Seattle area in 2000, I happily expanded my Nia practice and found it to be such a wonderful complement to my wellness coaching, writing, and speaking. As a health educator for over 46 years, adding the Nia principals to all the work I do has made my work more sustainable and valuable for those I serve.

I have just recently moved back to Charlottesville, where I danced my first Nia steps 20 years ago. Through a generous grant from the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler group, I am teaching Nia at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at the University of Virginia. My current class schedule can tell you more.

I am the ecstatically proud mother of two amazing adult children and I delight in being a dancing grandmother! Gratitude fills my days.


Do you want what I’m having? Come dance with me!

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Nia Classes at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at UVA
Moving to heal, your body’s way, for all abilities!

Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm


An Afternoon Workshop with Susan Tate

The Polarity Barn
Charlottesville, VA

Sunday, April 8, 2018
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm



Igniting the Power of the Pelvis & Maintaining the Flame
A mini-retreat with Susan in Seattle 

Move2Center Studio

Sunday, May 20, 2018
1:00 – 5:00 pm


Private Healing Nia Classes With Susan
Learn more

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“An emotional fitness odyssey, Nia is just plain exhilarating.”

~The New York Times
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Nia has opened the doorway to profound joy, healing, passion and wholeness in my life. I respect each opportunity to share this lifestyle practice with others.
~ SUSAN TATE, Black Belt Nia Instructor
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You’ll find Nia classes in 50 countries
across the globe!

Click here for classes worldwide.

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 Photo credits and gratitude

Nia with Susan Tate photo courtesy of Walter Zamojski at WZIMAGES.

Susan’s “It was truly a joy” full body photo courtesy of Jennifer Lucero-Earle.

Photos of Debbie, Carlos, and group dancing photos courtesy of The Nia Technique.





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