learning dance online and Niio Dance 

find joy and connection through dance, a coming home to yourself...

In Niio Dance the first connection is with ourselves; the second is with the outer world; our environment and the natural world, the people around us and the relationships and support that is further out there in the collective field - such as how we are connecting now.

 The dance course videos are beautifully shot in some stunning outdoor locations that are wild, ancient, elemental and often sacred or have symbolic or energetic significance. Not only is this to convey the power and majesty of our natural world, and how it directly affects us but also to illustrate our own fleeting, (though precious and brilliant) spark of existence that we are - in the grand schema of events - of this world and beyond.

Together with carefully chosen music created by some of the most creative, progressive and eclectic artists, and lovingly mixed and mastered by professional sound engineer Jose Trindade, Niio Dance courses are a visual and sonic feast, helping you to discover the true joy of music, moving meditation and dance all from the comfort of your home.

a word from Helene..

When you dance with me online we are entering into the moving space together. Whilst the videos are pre-recorded for you to do in the convenience of your own time, we also have the chance to meet online.(and I hope in person one day at future Niio Dance retreats!) I am there to answer any questions, for us to share experiences, and for us to have moving time together -  in real time!    

I would not try to compare the energy of a large mass gathering of dancers and musicians to the intimacy and personal developmental aspect of an online dance course. This is a course for you, moments of dedicated 'me' time to begin, have a break in-between or end your day.

All the videos are bite sized to fit into a busy schedule, and designed to bring you fully into the present in a fun and light hearted way. It also affords an opportunity to get to know yourself better, and to take time out for yourself to reflect on the bigger picture of your unfolding life.    

The invitation is to be kind to yourself, and in doing so find a freedom and a courage to go beyond your usual comfort zone, that will filter into other aspects of your life.

Niio Dance Courses are designed to..

Help you to find new ways to move - new patterns, ideas, shapes, forms, structures and in the process release long held tensions, and rigid patterns in the body    

Help you to gain insight into what is happening in your body and why you might feel the way you do, both in movement during dance and in your everyday life - thus enabling you to recognise certain patterns of behaviour and beliefs that you might have - especially ones that do not serve you     

Give you an opportunity for self-reflection    

Open new options and pathways in the body to allow new ideas and insights into what is possible for you in your life    

Be more present in your body - which is enlivening, and give you a stronger sense of self - a strengthening of life force    

Thus in turn strengthens your spirit, your will and determination. Have the confidence and ability to make decisions, new plans and action them    

Promote a sense of calmness and ease where you are not so easily triggered - your body a metaphorical shock absorber, having the ability to 'cushion' unsettling events

Practical and Safety Aspects

Create a safe space for yourself - make sure there is enough space around you to ensure there is no furniture or obstacles in your way – perhaps light a candle or create a symbolic space in it.

Ensure that you will not be disturbed or distracted, so that you can stay focussed and drop into the activity.

Create a personal, private space so that as Rumi said - you have ultimate licence and freedom to ‘dance like nobody is watching’

Self checking in, self-care – honour your own rhythm, pace and energy levels – if at any point something gets too much either physically or emotionally, then it is advisable to stop immediately, rest and if necessary to seek professional help.

Course Structure

Every course is set out in a clear, easy to follow format:     
A.  Introductory Course Video    
1.  Module Introduction  
 
This video gives:  a) an overview of the subject/topics covered, any points of interest eg historical, anatomical, symbolic etc,  b) more detailed module information including any safety points, aims and intentions.    

2.  Warm –Up Video    
This video can be done as a warm-up to the main dance video, or as a mini movement activity in itself. The greatest gift we can give our bodies is that of movement, something we tend to forget with our modern sedentary lifestyles!     

3.  Dance Video    
This video always begins with time to arrive, before going into more active movement. Concepts, ideas and themes are introduced or demonstrated, depending on the course/module, for you to absorb and follow before it opens into guided freer dance.    
4.  Meditation    
The meditations I teach come from various schools, but are underpinned by the teachings of pranayama in yoga and my own experiences in Vipassana and other meditations.     

5. Post- Dance Reflection and related Exercises
When we move and dance, there is always the possibility that certain thoughts and feelings, memories and issues may come to the surface of our consciousness. It is advisable to keep a journal during the course, and for these reflective exercises. They can be for your personal reference, or you may like to share insights with your fellow course members when we meet:

6. Group Video Meet-Ups
We come together on a regular basis, to meet over a video call where we can ask any questions, share any experiences or insights, and get to know fellow course participants. From past experience, Niio Dance attracts those with a keen or informed interest in the body mind as well as movement and dance, and it can be a very supportive and heartwarming group.

7. Downloadable mp3's
For each course you have the option to download high mp3's of the dance journeys. This means you have the opportunity to sense into your body without external influence or distraction, discover your own dance flow, and get away from the screen. You might even be tempted to stick on some headphones and dance outdoors !

8. Live Zoom Meet-ups are weekly during live course period.