Take 5 & Dance like there’s nobody watching

You’ve heard it before – “Dance like there’s nobody watching”. I have been given a mug with this on and a beautiful cross-stitched picture with these words and a figure dancing with gay abandon (see below) because I think I must say them quite often in Nia classes.

But that’s exactly what I hope people will do. They don’t need to get it right, be able to dance or even be co-ordinated – Just Dance. I’ll explain why I’ve concluded it’s so good for you below and suggest a few dance styles you might like to try.

Please note the changes to classes over the summer and have a great week.

Summer break

Both the Oakleaf and Woodham Nia classes are taking a break from now until September. With people on holiday at different times, numbers were just too unpredictable. Watch this space for new start dates. See Classes & Events for details.

If you’re away over the summer, you can search for a Nia class anywhere in the world in the “Find Nia” section of the main Nia website.

Tip of the week: Dance like there’s nobody watching


  • Because it makes you smarter!
    And the “New England Journal of Medicine” says so. This follows a 21-year study in New York of “recreational activities on mental acuity in aging“.  Read the full article, or a summary.
  • Cross stitched by Carol
    Cross stitched by Carol

    Because it’s fun!
    Have you ever watched small children at a live concert, ceilidh or wedding reception? Usually down at the front of the room, moving and giggling, enjoying the music and totally oblivious to anyone watching them? Where does that unself-conscious spirit go as we get older?

  • Because it can help your health!
    I’ve already posted on how Irish Set Dance can relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and how Nia has helped people recovering from breast cancer (and if you’ve read the About Me section, you’ll know how it helped my arthritis).

So, do you want to give it a try? There’s something for everyone.

I have friends who go salsa dancing in Darlington and Durham,  and others who do French and Breton dancing on the second Sunday of the month in Newcastle (note to self: must put that in my diary).

I used to go to an Appalachian step dance group just north of Durham (watch some here) until circumstances prevented me from attending regularly. And there’s Irish Set Dancing of course in Newcastle Irish Centre on Tuesdays and in Croxdale Community centre on Thursdays (and lots of other places too, at home and abroad).
You might also consider the Saltaire Day of Dance – a charity event that takes place twice a year. You’ll find me leading an Irish Set Dance workshop at the next one on 17 October and you can try just about any style of dance you can think of.

And they’re only a few of the ones I know about!

But you don’t have to join a group or feel you have to get it right (although sometimes it helps), just put on your favourite track and dance round the house – nobody’s watching! What’s your favourite track for dancing round the house to?

DR 5 stagesWhat I’m watching

Here’s a short interview with Debbie Rosas co-creator of Nia talking about the healing power of movement.

Where you’ll find me

Did I mention the workshop I’m going to in Edinburgh this weekend? Yes? Wellm maybe just a few times. And did I tell you about next weekend,  when I’m going to an event with Sarah Seed who does the most amazing confidence-building coaching and retreat days?