Roots and Wings
Feel more Connected, Embodied and Whole 
through the Power of Dance
A foundation into your Vital, Breathing Dancing Self
7 week Self - Study course - Available Now

Inspire your creativity through conscious somatic dance

Remembering Who You Are

Would you like to give yourself more time to listen and tune into your body and what it needs? To release your worries and thoughts and be more attentive to yourself? To be given new ways into access your body, to learn new tools and frameworks to give you a better understanding of who you are?

Come home to your body, and the essence of who you are ; through the energy and exhilaration of dance. Renew your relationship to your breath and body, connect to its innate strength and power, renew your presence and being in the world, your zest for life.

This course is a deep dive foundation into the map of Niio Dance - a dance practice that looks at both the structural and energetic qualities of the body. We look at the physical aspects that make up our bodies - our bones, fluids, muscles, organs. And at the same time we know that these physical structures are the gateway to deeper realms of knowing and existence.

 Each week we focus on a Sphere of Influence in the Niio Foundation.  Whilst the movement sessions have guided structure for expression, the invitation is still there to find your own style, your own voice, your own dance.

Moving from tangible to the poetic, you have the opportunity to travel deep within into your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. 

Join me if you would like to gain:

A new Map to support your Movement vocabulary

I have defined the seven Niio Spheres of Awareness from a lifetime of exploration and discovery into what supports our bodies and our being through our movement in life. The support from the natural world, our energetic body system, the qualities that enable us to truely be Humans Being. 

New Inspiration for your Dance

If you love dance, and would like to go deeper into knowledge of your body mind connection, this course will give you a foundation.
We all have the capacity to find a true voice and dance within us. This course will give you new tools to help you find that dance within you, and to learn more about yourself along the way. 

A new sense of Ease and Flow in your body

As you are inspired through new insight and guidance, your mind may release some of its previous holding around movemet. With new frameworks and ideas for focus you may be taken away from your usual mind chatter to discover a new sense of deepening and stillness within the body. 

  NB:  All the above are potential gains, dependant upon time and commitment invested, prior health conditions and personal constitution.
Seven weeks is an introduction to what is possible through the power of dance. Also whilst dance is potentially healing, Niio Dance cannot be held responsible for any outcomes. For more info please see disclaimer.

                                                                     Roots and Wings Course Intro

Course Modules and Previews

Each week we look at one of the Niio Spheres of Awareness, the foundation of Niio Dance.

Grounding

Everything starts from the ground. If we are not connected to the earth, we are 'disconnected', unplugged from our source, and we can feel dizzy and 'spaced out'. That is why astronauts can suffer severely when away from the magnetic and gravitational pull of the earth. We need the earth for support, from which we can grow and expand.

Structural Integrity

Our bodies are an incredible living liquid matix of bones, tissues, organs, fluids that have an inner tensile strenth that can assist us if we allow it, to go forth into the world and create what we desire. With awareness we can recognise the different states we can be in, and the inner support that we have. 

Breath

Our breath not only keeps us alive. it is our direct connection to ourselves and to the world around us, and it has the unique ability to be both part of our autonomic nevous system and yet we can affect directly. It directly connects us to our inner subconscious realms, which is why breathwork alone is so powerful.

Fluidity

Our bodies consist of seven different fluid systems and if we can recognise and harness the energy and power inherent in each one, we can tap into our natural rhythms and flow, to suport us when we need. We can tap into a natural fluidity and flow in our movements, that transfer out into the wider world. 

Power

Our power lies in our core, our third chakra centre, and represents not only our fire and get up and go, but also our sense of self-worth, our self-esteem. When we connect to the forces of our passion, we can move mountains and change the world!

Compassion

When we stop to listen to our hearts, rather than be ruled by our heads, our whole physiology softens and changes. We can feel in touch with our bodies, and connect to emotions that can often be long buried, hidden behind layers of stories and histories. Practising compassion is a fundamental human need for us to access deeper realms of feeling and healing. 

Connection

Life is all about connection. As humans we do not live in isolation, and the foremost relationship we have is that of connecting to ourselves. Once we have established a relationship to self, we need to cultivate the support that is available to us from our outer world, if we allow it. And this begins through our breath and our bodies.

Is this course for me?

If you love to dance, and would like to explore the bodymind connection deeper then this course is for you!

You may already have a regular conscious dance practice such as ecstatic dance or 5 rhythms and would like to explore or study deeper on a somatic level.

This course gives a comprehensive look into the Foundational aspects of Niio Dance. We look at some yoga principles, ideas from Body Mind Centering, the creative aspects of Life Art Therapy and some energetic aspects from Kung Fu. We are influenced by the chakras, our energetic power centres, the elements in Nature and the clarity of mindfulness through the body.

This course may also suit you if you already have a conscious or ecstatic dance practice as you explore your dance on a new, deeper level. Experience the holistic aspects of wellbeng through the body mind connection as you explore your creative free movement.  You may become inspired with new ideas and motifs. The invitation is for welcoming in flexibility, curiosity and openness. In this way, you may notice new details, nuances and textures in your movement, which may also reflect in your everyday activity and your movement in life.  

Unlike Dance Basics which gives you clear structure and framework for steps and ways to move, this course goes deeper into the symbolic realms of your movement. Each week the dance journey will be both guided with structure, but then expands out to give you the opportunity to move more freely, dive in and dissolve into your dance.

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What you Receive every week:


MODULE INTRODUCTION VIDEO
Here I introduce the main focus for the week, and relevant bodymind information


GUIDED WARM UP VIDEO: 20 mins
This video will give a concise warm up that prepares you for the session, or can be done on its own as a general mini warm up and movement session for your body.


REFLECTION EXERCISES
These may be questions that you can reflect and journal on, before, during or after the module


Closed Facebook group for ongoing support and sharing


GUIDED DANCE VIDEO: 25 - 35 mins
These videos have focussed guidance to demonstrate new movement pathways, time for you to follow, and then with freer guided movement exploration after. The videos are deliberately bite-sized. From experience, it is possible to drop very deeply when we focus our energies, and in 25 -35 mins, we can access a new state of perception and transcend our current state of being; whether that is to shift our energy levels, or to uplevel our mindset.


GUIDED MEDITATION VIDEO: 10 - 15 mins
The meditations are also an opportunity to go back to basics, of the body and the breath, as we begin to explore our interior. I give you simple guidance accompanied with beautiful music and subtle visuals to help you ease into the meditative mind without pressure or expectation.

DANCE JOURNEY MP3 DOWNLOAD: 25 - 35 mins
Every week you have the opportunity to download the audio of the main dance journey so you listen offline with headphones, and really drop in deep into your own dance exploration without distraction. You can take the dance journey outdoors to a favourite place of your choosing and fully immerse yourself in an outdoor sonic dance journey, in the beautiful elements of nature!

NB: Unlike the Gold Package where you have ongoing mentoring and group support, this option means that you are accountable to yourself. Every week you will receive new videos for the module, and you take responsibility for your own needs and self-care.
Please see here for further information.

Meet Your Instructor
Helene Su

ecstatic dance outdoors

Dance is Helene's first love, giving her joy, expression and freedom since childhood, and she originally began with ballet but has since studied martial arts, yoga, dance movement therapy, somatic movement education and meditation in the UK, India, Thailand and Japan. She has also explored a whole range of dance since including contemporary, conscious, contact and trance dance. Dance's unique synergy of mind, body, spirit and soul has helped her to gain clarity, resilience and confidence and inspired her to create Niio Dance.

She has presented talks and workshops in UK and Europe, and is now creating online dance programmes so you can find your flow, and reconnect with your joie de vivre in the comfort of your home! Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Helene is committed to helping you to find personal tools for your vibrant health and wellbeing, through the joy of dance.

Each video lesson has the corresponding Audio download so that you can really sense into your body and tune into your inner world, whether in warm-up, dance or meditation. Having an audio download means that we can totally enter into our internal world without distraction, or have the luxury of moving in a beautiful outdoor place of our choice, which can bring new inspirations - and get away from the screen!  Some of the exclusive Niio Dance mixes are incredibly evocative and can send you to beautiful places. All the lessons are kept in the Niio Dance course portal for you to reference and access again for 365 days altogether. MP3 downloads are yours to keep forever!

The music for Niio Dance is carefully curated from some of the finest musicians and producers, and the range is eclectic, worldly, soulful, tribal and many layers in between! Along with my guided voiceovers, these selections are all professionally mixed and mastered to give you a flawless audio experience.

NB Dance Journey Audio downloads are available with Silver Package. Audio Downloads for warm-ups and meditations are available for separate purchase from the shop.


Facebook Group Access

You can continue to be part of the Niio Dance closed Facebook group long after the course has finished, where you can connect with me and others on our dance and bodymind journey. I drop into the group regularly and post news of interest.



Community

In Course Group Access

During the course access period, you can communicate with others in the group directly and to me.

Facebook Group Access

There is a closed Facebook group Niio Dance Foundation, which you can continue to be a part of long after the course has finished, where you can connect with me and others on your dance and bodymind journey. I drop into the group regularly and post news of interest.

If you are inspired to explore deeper into the body mind connection, learn more about yourself and your body, and instill a moving meditation and dance practice as part of your regular health and wellbeing self-care programme, a more in depth foundation Niio Roots is beginning in September and Niio Wings early next year.

from previous courses:

Beautiful Dance Course

Helene is really amazing and she know how to help us access exactly what we need to do in order to grow our ''roots and wings''.

The outdoor settings were inspirational and a real tonic during this strange time of Covid. The course has made me feel more flexible and given me hope!
Rated 5 out of 5

Gillian
Music Lecturer

I loved your course.

It helped me to get through those tough days when I struggled to get on with anything!

Hayley
Reflexologist

Great course, really enjoying it.
 
Love your instruction and the lovely backdrops, and the meditations are really beautiful.

Also its really helping with my lower back, which has been giving me a lot of pain but is getting better and better.

And my husband has noticed I'm being a lot more expressive in my dancing!

Claire
Wellness Expert

Oh my goodness,loving your course!

Love love love the music... the African dance in the first was wonderful,,, felt the spirits near..  

Bimba
Circus Performer

Dr Jeff Watkins

Tivoli Healthcare

Thank you for such an excellent course.
The presentation was highly professional, filming was impressive
and it's clearly been really well planned and thought through.

Your on-line dance classes are really, really good. I particularly like the bits in the open air !!'
Rated 5 out of 5 

Elizabeth

Grandmother

In spite of some misgivings that the course was on a computer, I found the course very enjoyable. I liked the conversational way in which you directed our dance movements, and the suggestions that you made that included, as well as movement, ways of perceiving; ways of thinking about and feeling the sensations of our bodies. I couldn't always follow them, as sometimes they changed too quickly for me, but that didn't seem to matter. There was enough input for there to be at least one new idea or discovery made each session. I learned a lot about how I move, and how I could perhaps move, given enough practice and attention. There was so much that was new in the sessions that I can't comment on it all, but I will continue to use the recordings long into the future I think, as I carry on exploring. There only remains to say, thank you Helene, for the gift you have given. Bless you.

Pauline Crozier

Aerial Yoga Teacher
/Studio Owner

Niio Dance was a very transformative practice for me. Listening to Helene’s words of inspiration and guidance, I was able to hear the invitation, not to just follow on mindlessly someone else’s practice/regime but to listen to the wisdom of my own body. We all have very different bodies and what we need to heal is to feel what’s going on for us. By going inward and being able to focus on the aliveness of our bodies, our minds and emotions. And I really loved the music Helene used, it carries you, takes you into yourself.

During the course I feel I've released my body of so much built up stress and emotion. My space at home felt part of Helene’s space it didn't feel uncomfortable dancing on my own, even at times when I could feel resilience arise in my body, like I wanted to stop dancing, I would hear Helene’s voice encouraging me, talking to me and I managed to work through it.

Helene has so much to share and is such a generous and empowering teacher. Her instruction is so natural you can feel it comes from the heart. It was my favourite tool for staying well in lockdown. I really embraced the opportunity to tune into my body, getting out of my head and feeling confident with such an embodied dance movement experience…Niio Dance…shake out your stress and dance your way to freedom…xx

Mazal Goulding

Ecologist

"I was not too sure what to expect with Helene's digital course, as it was the first dance and well-being online programme that I had subscribed to. I always found dance a therapeutic activity and I discovered that dancing, whether alone or as part of a class, helped to develop my confidence and identity through that mind-body connection.

However, what is different on Helene's course is that she facilitates a journey where I can process emotions in my movement. My understanding was that this holistic approach would help me to reconnect with my sense of self after a long period of caring for my parents. This is helped through Helene's narrative guidance, synergised with the music and scenery featured in the dance videos. The process also includes introductions, warm up exercises,  meditation videos and reflective activities.

In Grounding Module Dance 1, Helene starts with the idea of Genesis and our evolutionary beginnings. She combines descriptions of physiology and natural history with movement, simulating ourselves with the flow of nature. The visual landscape, music and the poetry of her narration are so vivid, and changes as we explore our feelings. In the second video I felt that that she is commentating on the story of my life, describing real experiences that we all feel - a unifying and affirming sensation. I cannot wait to start week 2!"  

Giom 

Designer

On Compassion:
 Was giggling to myself once I'd finished this module, giggling at the fact we sometimes are too harsh with ourselves and was reminded to be playful and compassionate first on foremost to onself  
On Fluidity:  
I loved this module, it really resonated with me and brought calmness and safety to being, it is just right for where i am at right now.
Rated 5 out of 5 

If you enjoy movement, dance and music and would like to experience a deeper insight into your body mind, then curiosity and interest are the most important prerequisites. I might give you ideas, themes and visualisations, but there are no specific techniques. Any previous dance training may influence your movement repertoire, but you may feel encouraged to, and in fact feel the ‘permission’ to explore movement in other ways. This could be very liberating.

With regards to personal ability and mobility, all movement however big, small, abstract or ‘understated’ is a dance, and dance does not demand to be of a certain size, or physical ability. However if you are looking to learn specific steps on how to move and dance with guided instructions and techniques, then Dance Basics may be a better fit for you. To go further in depth into the basics, then Niio Roots will give you an ideal grounding for your moving dancing self. 

Whilst experiencing freedom in movement, we also have to be mindful of our surroundings. It is possible to move and dance in a very limited space if that is all that is possible. We can move and travel in many directions, not only across the floor! The videos will take up approximately 1 hour per week, though the reflection questions may be something you take more time to ponder and absorb. The additional follow on art work all depends on you, but it could be as simple as a short 15 min session of writing/sketching after any particular movement session, or more if you have the time and feel called.

 We then meet every week for a group zoom which will take 1-1.5 hours. If you have time, you may enjoy to do the videos again, perhaps as downloads where you can go deeper without visual distraction, giving you the opportunity to have a new and different experience. (this is of course an option you can do anytime again after the course has finished!)

Everything is always optional. Meeting together every week is so that we can feel the support of a group on the same, albeit individual journeys, and also to meet with me for any questions you may have. There is never any pressure or expectation, you come as you are, and participate as much or as little as you like.

There is also the option of booking private sessions with me in lieu or in addition to the group sessions. 

Whilst dance can be therapeutic, this course is not deemed ‘therapy’. Working with a Dance Movement Therapist is often one-on-one, looking at specific issues over a certain period time. You may have certain aspects in your life that you would like to give the time and space to reflect upon, and this course may give you that valid opportunity.

On one level we are using mindful movement and conscious dance, that can at times feel like a moving meditation as you go into your flow. You may discover tools that help support you in your own journey to wellness, and in Niio Dance the emphasis is on empowering You with your own resources, to cultivate deep self-awareness, and to promote self-care. It is allowing and affirming for yourself dedicated holistic ‘me’ time. If you would like to explore more deeply into your body mind connection, and your mental and emotional world for guidance, then you may like to look at Niio Wings which will be launching in 2022.

Roots and Wings Bronze

£179

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Roots and Wings Silver

£349
or 2 x £185 monthly instalments

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7 x MP3 downloads