I am ecstatic to announce that I have received a generous grant from the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler group to teach Nia at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at the University of Virginia. 

Classes begin with a special celebration  (with refreshments after class!) on Monday, October 16 from  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Classes will be held  on the 4th floor in the reception area by the roof garden. Please spread the word that these classes are FREE for people with cancer, cancer survivors, their caregivers, & ECCC providers. 

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Red Line Option 2As a healer, dancer, and body worker 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, Co-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 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 nutritional consulting, wellness coaching, writing, and speaking. As a health educator for over forty-five 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 19 years ago. Stay tuned for my next local and global Nia offerings!

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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MOVING TO HEAL training in Charlottesville
With Jule Aquirre, M.ED., LPC, NCC
Mind-body psychotherapist from Dallas, Texas


October 7 & 8
The Tango Studio
(in the Glass Bldg)
313 2nd Street SE
Charlottesville, VA  22902

TO REGISTER OR LEARN MORE: www.nianow.com/moving-to-heal

Private Healing Nia Classes With Susan
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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 45 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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