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Jill is a Nia Black Belt instructor and Nia Faculty Trainer. She has enjoyed 13 years of teaching Nia in the Boulder area. Jill brings high energy, dynamism and somatically-skilled
cueing to her Nia classes.  She is a teacher of conscious movement and will inspire your creativity while pushing you to your next level of fitness – mindfully, with a focus on pleasure in the body. A self-proclaimed “anatomy junkie,” Jill brings an integral knowledge of the body to her classes. Students appreciate her athletic yet compassionate teaching style, as well as her ability to adapt choreography for a variety of movement abilities and body types. “I have always loved to move my body in an expressive way. To share the joy and pleasure of living in a body that seeks pleasure over pain and to grow older in a healthy vibrant body is a gift I love sharing.”   When Jill is not teaching classes you will find her cheering on one of her kids at a dance recital, spending time with her sweet grandson, or sipping a bhakti Chai and listening to “Discover Weekly” on Spotify.


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Lora Skien’s greatest passion is her physical and spiritual connection to dance. Studying many styles of dance throughout her youth provided important  foundations to disciplines and expressions through movement.  In college, Lora embarked on a year long study abroad to the Ivory Coast in Africa.  Her life was forever transformed through this experience.

The demanding physical movements of African Dance and the foreign, cultural experiences of the “spirit” in dance captivated her.  Her adventurist spirit and love for cultural diversity and travel propelled her to seek further.  Along her journey, she discovered the soul of Flamenco.   Traveling and studying mixed disciplines (in both Egypt and Turkey), Lora dove deep into the feminine spirit and rich history of  Belly Dance.    Recently, Lora trained in Nia, her most  recent connection to movement. Nia for postcard For her, Nia brings together dance, personal expression and spiritual  awakening.  When  you attend one of  Lora’s Nia classes you will experience all of these movements forms!!


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sue-raymentSue Rayment is our front desk team member.  Sue returned to Denver after a 15 year stay on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, where as a painting contractor she worked on everything from yachts to custom homes to faux finishing.  Sue later earned her real estate license and for 5 years, she thoroughly enjoyed showing waterfront homes and rural acreages in such a beautiful and rustic part of the world.

Sue has been singing professionally since she was 22 and spent several years touring on the road in the spandex 80’s, first as a back-up singer and later with her own Top 40 band and even played the summer fair circuit across Canada with an Elvis Impersonator!  She continued singing blues, jazz and pop during her painting and real estate careers, playing local jazz festivals, fundraisers and dancers.

All that physical labor took its toll and Sue found herself back in Denver needing some serious healing.  She found the different modalities offered at DtS to be deeply healing in different ways.  Working here has been a special part of Sue’s journey for which she is very grateful.  Sue now uses only watercolors and paper to her her “paint-on”!


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Nia is a heart opening, body-mind-spirit fitness class set to danceable beats of world music. Nia blends the martial arts, the dance arts, and the healing arts into a non-impact, cardiovascular workout. No previous dance experience is necessary.

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