Creative somatic elemental
Niio Dance with Helene Su

Dance is my first passion and love.

Through dance I have experienced release, joy and freedom of body and mind and I have journeyed inward to tap into and learn from our amazing human body.

Having worked with children and young people using drama and the arts, I am also inspired by spontaneity, improvisation and explorations into the unknown, which can reveal new dimensions in our creative psyche.

Niio Dance is my commitment to helping you to find personal tools to be vibrant, vital and alive.

I have presented talks and workshops in UK and Europe, including Spain, Holland and Portugal. In previous times I have worked in the London media, created my own clothes line, and worked in education in Asia. 

Some Seminal teachers..

Teachers I have trained with include:

Anna Halprin (Life Art Therapy), Mary Abrams (Continuum), Linda Hartley (Bodymind Centering), Patricia Martello (Biodanza), Marie Ware (Dance Voice), Shiva Rea (Vinyasa Flow/ Yoga Trance Dance), Dr Nagarathna (Integrated Yoga Therapy) Stephen Ornellas (Hung Gar Kung Fu) to name but a few.

My biggest teachers, however, apart from an initial eight years of intensive ballet has been thirty years of freeform creative, tribal and elemental dance practice on dancefloors both indoor and outdoor around the world, and students. 

Developments in somatic and body mind research

Ongoing discoveries in Body Mind research, reinforce and confirm ancient teachings, and bring fresh insight, and I am continually updating with this new Somatic Movement and Dance Education.

I would love to share with you its profound benefits, and to empower you to be your authentic, inspired and creative self; to be in tune with your body and in flow in your life. I look forward to sharing, connecting and dancing with you.

Qualifications

MA Dance and Somatic Wellbeing        
University of Central Lancashire    
BA Combined Arts        
University of Liverpool    
QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills)        Society of Education and Training    
Counsellling Skills       
CACHE    
Certificate in Periodical Journalism        
University of London    
Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy       
Dance Voice, Bristol    
Yoga Teacher Training       
VYASA Yoga University,
India  Reflexology & Swedish Massage       
IIHHT  
Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage        
The Healing Hands Center, India    
Diploma in Ayurvedic Massage         
Asramam, India  
TouchPro Acupressure       
TouchPro, UK    
Reiki Master       
Usui Shiki Ryoho System, Tokyo    
Registered Teacher of Society for Education and Training  
Registered Teacher of Independent Yoga Network ISMETA

My Story

I grew up in a traditional Chinese home in the UK, a BBC - British Born Chinese.  At home I was surrounded by red and gold calendars, chopsticks and blaring Chinese opera. Outside I was thrust into an English working class city and (then) fear of foreigners. For me the concept of a homeland was not straightforward and I grew up feeling like a misfit, like I didn’t belong.    

A shy child, I was a good Confucian student who studied hard but was socially awkward. I buried my head in books where I could excel and gain recognition, but there was a feeling of disconnection, that carved a hole deep into my psyche.        

Seduced by its grace and beauty my dancing “career” began with intensive ballet from aged seven. I was a stellar student, and life was a round of classes, exams, festivals and shows. Finally I stopped in my mid teens, disillusioned with the competitive dance world and stolid conviction that my legs were too short. After that I was at sea for a while. The only thing that grounded me was to get into my body, move, dance and lose myself in music.

my path of healing through dance

After my BA, and a foray into the media and film industry in London, I decided I needed to go taste and smell the 3D world rather than see and hear the celluloid one. I had travelled the US and Europe alone before, but this time I set off with my backpack on an extended trip - with a one way ticket to India in 1995.  

As I was exposed to different values and ways of being in a world that challenged, questioned and expanded my beliefs and perceptions, I had to unravel and unlearn. My travels were not all plain sailing as I was also confronted with myself, and my childhood feelings of alienation. Making documentary films had been my original intention, but instead I “discovered” yoga and meditation whilst continuing to dance. In my path of healing through dance I experienced first hand the power of the mind and body connection.

Dance and calming the nervous system








Through working in various countries with their differing environments and cultural norms, I have often been out of my ‘comfort zone’. My breathwork and somatic movement practices have helped to pacify my nervous system and navigate big transitions.    My dance has kept me grounded in the present. By keeping me in my body (rather than getting lost in my overactive brain) I have directly connected to that other Chinese part of me – the spontaneous, creative Taoist side that explores life with curiosity.

When I returned from Asia in 2004 I began studying Dance Movement Therapy, and in doing so something deep in my body told me that I had found a “home” again. I continue to update my skills and knowledge in the Embodied, Somatic and Dance Education world, in an area that is continually expanding in diversity. As we discover more about our amazing, multi-layered, quantum human body, it is clear how little we really know.

The Tao

And in Taoist belief (amongst others), our individual bodies are made from all the elements in the universe and the part is never separate from the whole. We are like waves in the ocean – there is an essential oneness between us and the world. In that vein I would love to help facilitate you in your personal journey; towards finding and celebrating the true joy possible through dance, and to obtaining your full, vibrant health.