Found yourself feeling tense and overwhelmed? What better way to unwind and re-collaborate yourself with some Gentle Nia Dance in Raglan or online. Nia “Neuromuscular Integrative Action” or “non-impact aerobics” but, its best representation of the dance is from its Swahili derived meaning “with purpose”.

Nia Dance is all about giving purpose to its movement. Nia combines elements of yoga, martial arts and tai chi with dance and yoga movements, and, like aerobics, is set to music. In a single class, the music genre may vary, making it a certainly eclectic exercise.

Gentle Nia Wednesdays

Located within the beautiful Raglan community in the stunning Raglan Town Hall, Dance NZ offers Gentle Nia classes. Held every Wednesday at 9.30 am, you can enjoy the serene atmosphere, while Belinda offers easy to follow guided choreography. Gentle Nia accommodates every person, suitable for beginners, seniors whether you do or don’t have any experience in dance, this class will be perfect for you. Using soul, uplifting music from the Nia Technique and the body’s science of the way it moves, the Gentle Nia classes have something to offer you.

Make sure to check out the amazing Dance NZ offers and deals on our website here, where there’s something for everyone. If you want to attend Gentle Nia, or a different class, for the whole of Term One 2022, check out the Term Passes here, which offer 12 classes for $13.33 ($5 cheaper than a singular class). Or if you’re a first time member, check out our 3 classes for $15 deal here.

What Can I Gain From Gentle Nia?

There are many benefits in which you can gain through the movement of Nia Dance. Moving is more than just exercise and doesn’t require an effort but does require action. Movement affects every aspect of our health, including circulation, digestion, metabolism, and immunity. We roll over, crawl and bounce as babies, gaining muscle in our bodies as we move. As children, we run, shake and dance. But as adults, we sit for hours a day and don’t necessarily get as much movement as we used to.

Additionally, in Nia classes, the cardio movement enhances our heart’s fitness and its ability to supply oxygen-rich blood to the muscles. By releasing feel-good chemicals called endorphins, cardio exercise also boosts and alleviates one’s mood, benefitting you. Experts believe those who live with elevated moods, tend to live a happier life and while mood affects both the brain and heart functions, it can positively impact your health.

EveryBODY benefits from greater activity in their routine, and movement also aid in any healing processes you may need, whether you realize it or not. Through the use of Nia, it has allowed me to tap into my full potential in order to live a healthy and meaningful life. Nia helps me to pay attention to my body’s, mind’s, spirits’ and emotions’ requirements. Nia is a holistic fitness practice that addresses all elements of my life – body, mind and soul. It is more than just a workout. 

Book Now

So, head on over to the Dance NZ website and book the ideal class for you! On the Dance NZ site, you can also find purchasable class replays and other blogs that can provide extra knowledge on Nia Dance and Dance NZ classes so you know what one is the best fit for you.

If you have questions or concerns, CONTACT

Dance NZ and we’ll respond to you as soon as we can.

Kind regards, Belinda.

Brown Belt in the Nia Technique. A Certified Parkinson Dance Teacher.

Nia Dance Classes at Dance NZ Weekly: In-Person and Online HYBRID-Style Programs 

To gain access to online HYBRID-style classes and in-person sessions, sign up to be a free member at Dance NZ through the website here.


• Nia Dance Move to Heal: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 11:15 a.m on Tuesdays, the class venue is Saint Aidan’s Hall (detailed location: corner of Thames Street & Heaphy Terrace, Hamilton).

• Classic Nia: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 5:30 p.m on Tuesdays, the class venue is the Waikato Sports Fishing Club (detailed location: Grantham Street in Hamilton).

• Gentle Nia: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 9:30 a.m on Wednesday, the class venue is the Raglan Town Hall (detailed location: 41 Bow Street, Raglan). 

• Classic Nia: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 9:30 a.m on Friday, the class venue is the Saint John’s Hall (detailed location: 20 Wellington Street, Hamilton).

• Nia for Parkinson’s Freedom Dance: Reserve or check out this class here. Starting at 12:00 p.m on Friday, the class venue is the Saint John’s Hall (detailed location: 20 Wellington Street, Hamilton). 

Nia HYBRID-style class sessions and 24-hour replays with Belinda Goodwin can be reserved and purchased on the Dance NZ website here.

Other information on HYBRID-style classes and on 24-hour replays are available and accessible here.

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