HOLIDAY CLASS SCHEDULE:
Sat Dec 21 at 6pm: Nia with Erin
Sat Dec 21 at 7:15pm: Solstice Ecstatic Dance with Pam
Sun Dec 22 at 12pm: Holiday Nia Jam and Fundraiser
Tues Dec 24 at 8:30am: Christmas Eve Nia
with Anna and Kate
Tues Dec 24 at 10am: Christmas Eve Nia
Sat Dec 28 at 6pm: Nia with Erin
Wed Jan 1st at 11am: New Year’s Reflection
Wed Jan 1st at 12pm: New Year’s Day Nia
DECEMBER 2019 CLASS SCHEDULE
Nia with Beth
Rise and Shine Nia with Kate
Nia with Anna
Oula Fitness with Katy
Ecstatic Dance ABQ with Elizabeth and subs
Nia with Erin
Second Wednesday Yin Yoga with Ryan (12/11)
First and Third Wednesday Hip Hop with Alysmooth starting in January
(no class New Year's Day, first class on 1/15)
Rise and Shine Nia with Kate/3rd Thursday Form and Freedom Nia
Nia with Beth
Nia with Anna or May
Pranavah Yoga with Peggy (12/13 and 12/20 only)
First and Third Friday Ecstatic Dance with Pam (12/6, 12/20)
Second Friday Caldera de Lila with Pam and Io (12/13)
Fourth Friday music/moves with Carla (12/27)
Rise and Shine Nia with Anna
Nia with Beth
Second Saturday Therapeutic Movement for
Lymphatic Health with Patricia (12/14)
Nia with Anna
Nia with Erin
music/moves with Carla HOLIDAY NIA JAM and FUNDRAISER on 12/22
African Dance with Rujeko
Classes at Studio Sway
-Ecstatic Dance ABQ-
Free flowing spontaneous heart centered movement is my sacred movement practice. I began teaching NIA in 2007. As my movement practice expanded, my heart was drawn to free-form movement expression, known as conscious dance. Both 5-Rhythms and Souldance served as inspiration for dance facilitation as it is expressed through me today. I began facilitating Souldance in April of 2009 and established Ecstatic Dance ABQ in 2010. If you want a safe place to move and be moved - join us.
-LMT, Nia Black Belt-
I enjoy guiding people to
find joy in living life in a body.
For 11 years, I've shared Nia with hundreds of students, including eight years as adjunct faculty in UNM's Physical Education Program. Through my work as a movement facilitator and massage therapist, I encourage people to find dynamic ease, relaxation, and a captivated sense of gratitude for their body. I hope my education and
experience can nurture others' sense of curiosity and how to heal with movement. Come enjoy great music,
fun and movement exploration any
Wednesday or Sunday!
Kate has been dancing since childhood and has studied modern, jazz, tap, and aerobic dance. In her first Nia class in 2005, she was inexplicably brought to tears, and knew she had found a fitness practice that offered her much more than physical conditioning. She earned her White Belt in 2007 and has been teaching ever since, earning two more belts along the way. Kate is a playful and enthusiastic teacher committed tohelping students move safely in their body's way. Her classes are appropriate for any fitness level. She is also certified in Nia FreeDance and offers a hybrid of classic and
FreeDance Nia in her 'Form and Freedom' classes.
Katy Woodward grew up dancing and minored in World Dance during her undergrad at the University of New Mexico. After many years away from dance, it is Oula that brought Katy back to her dancing roots. She was introduced to Oula (which started in Missoula, Montana) in 2016. Katy traveled to Montana for instructor training and is proud to be the first certified Oula Fitness Instructor in New Mexico. For Katy, Oula is not only a fun workout, but a welcome opportunity for expression and community building. She feels connected to the motto that it's not about how it looks, it's about how it feels, and she's excited to share this class with Albuquerque and
May's Nia classes focus on expression, play, and precision, to create an experience that brings you back to your body during a busy day. May has been teaching Nia for over 12 years. She earned her Blue Belt in 2011 and a certificate in Moving to Heal in 2018. She started taking dance lessons when she was 7 in Norway and has explored jazz, tap, modern and African dance throughout her life. She is an experienced yoga student and has a green belt in Taekwondo. May is also a certified reflexologist and a leader in the non-profit community working towards social justice and social change.
Pam Arenella is a Psychiatrist, Musician, Figure Skater, and Nia Blue Belt Instructor by training. She has been singing and dancing since early childhood and is passionate about music, dance, and creative self-expression. She has been practicing conscious dance such as ecstatic dance for many years. She began holding space and DJ’ing for ecstatic dances in 2010 and has subbed at ABQ Ecstatic Dance periodically since that time. She is very enthusiastic to share her dance practice and love of music with you!
-Therapeutic Movement for Lymphatic Health-
Patricia Marie Huband is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Southern NM- Las Cruces area. From an early age, she was intrigued by and involved with mental and
physical health and rehabilitation. For over 15 years, she has been a manual bodywork therapist, as well as an educator for other therapists and healthcare providers. In 2012, she moved to Albuquerque to complete her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. Her passion for working with the Lymphatic System and swelling conditions began over a decade ago. Her clinical and private practice experience led her to
develop the Therapeutic Movement for Lymphatic Health method.
Rujeko Dumbutshena is a university dance instructor who was on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College for 8 years and now teaches in the dance department of the University of New Mexico. As a Zimbabwean artist living in America, Rujeko has successfully been a part of innovative works and was an original ensemble member in the Broadway musical production of FELA!. Rujeko was commissioned to choreograph and produce an original piece, Jenaguru, as a part of the Smithsonian African Art Museum's African Cosmos exhibit. She received a Brooklyn Arts Council 2013 grant and a BAM/De Vos Institute 2013 Fellowship, and is a 2014 New Mexico Arts grantee. She teaches neo-traditional African dance.
Anna began dancing ballet at age three and has been dancing ever since. She was thrilled to find Nia as a new way of moving. She earned her White Belt in 2011, her Blue Belt in 2013, and her Green Belt in 2015. For Anna, Nia brings back a childlike, joyful, and uninhibited love of movement, and she enjoys sharing the delight of Nia with students. Her classes are athletic, playful and fun. She believes that students of all abilities, ages, and stages of fitness can benefit from Nia, and explore their body's potential. Come share the Joy of Movement!
Beth O'Neall, M.Ed., is a certified Nia black belt who has been teaching Nia since 2000. She brings experience, humor, emotion, and power to her classes. Her style includes athletic Nia; some classes may include optional interval training, strength work, and small hops. All classes include a variety of outrageously good music. We practice precision in technique so that we can move safely, effectively, and with joyful enthusiasm. Our focus is on connecting with the music, each other, the movement, and our lives.
Music and dancing have been vital parts of my life for the past 40 years. In the decade-plus since I have been dancing Nia religiously, they have also become actively therapeutic. Earning my White Belt in Nia in 2017 and, more recently, participating in Ecstatic Dance at Studio Sway have opened me up to the truly profound changes dance can inspire. music/moves comes out of my desire to share more fun and moving dance experiences with others in this great community!
Studio Sway Teachers
Studio Sway is available to rent for dance and movement classes, workshops, special events, and private rehearsals. Our beautiful 1,500 sq. ft.
space features a floating birch wood floor, a fantastic sound
system, and adjustable
Studio Sway is a safe space for everyone to experience the joy of movement.
photo credit: Kelly Ferguson
Elyse is a professional dancer, Certified Rolfer™, and the happy owner of Studio Sway. She has had extensive training in multiple dance and movement disciplines, and enjoys continued study through a rigorous movement practice. Elyse became a certified Rolfer™ in 2013 and has had a private practice in Albuquerque for 6 years. She is currently pursuing her BA in Dance from the University of New Mexico, and performs locally with J. Garcia Dance Company, SHIFT Dance, and other independent dance artists and collectives. Elyse took ownership of Studio Sway in 2018.
STUDIO SWAY IS A BAREFOOT DANCE STUDIO!
All patrons of Studio Sway are asked to remove their street shoes upon arrival. No street shoes are allowed on the dance floor at any time, for the purposes of safety and cleanliness. Indoor shoes with clean rubber or soft soles are permitted. No high heels or shoes with hard soles.
We are located at
1100 San Mateo Blvd NE, Ste. 32,
on the northeast corner of
San Mateo and Lomas
(downstairs from Ace Hardware
and next door to Quarter Celtic).