Everybody was kung-fu... dancing

NIA Dance Technique teacher Ildika Koppen will hold her first class in Ipswich later this month.
NIA Dance Technique teacher Ildika Koppen will hold her first class in Ipswich later this month. David Nielsen

REMEMBER Zumba, the Latin dance fitness craze that swept through Australia in 2010?

Well, another hybrid dance movement is now sweeping the country and it's about to hit Ipswich.

The Nia movement incorporates modern dance, global music, eastern martial arts and yoga postures.

Nia Dance Technique teacher Ildika Koppen will deliver her first Ipswich class on Wednesday, April 18, and said she was eager to share the practice with Ipswich people.

"I was studying for my masters in teacher librarianship when I started studying Nia and it was a great release for me," Ms Koppen said.

"It's a really holistic fitness practice. It's given me a work-life balance and it uses lots of different things that I like."

Ms Koppen said Nia condensed physical exercise, mental relaxation and emotional healing into one movement.

"It's really fun, but it's also a gentle exercise," she explained.

"Trainers learn routines for each part of the body and it's all choreographed to different types of global music."

"There are 52 core moves of the body that are used in the routines, and Nia also incorporates a belt system for people to learn and extend their abilities."

Ms Koppen said Nia had its origins in the United States and had expanded into Europe over the past two decades.

"Nia was started in 1983 in the US by two aerobics instructors and it experienced a lot of popularity in the US, and then it moved to Germany and other parts of Europe," she explained.

"It has hit Australia now. I would say it's definitely catching on here.

"There's a big Nia community in Brisbane and I'm looking forward to building one in Ipswich."

Interested people can attend Ms Koppen's first class at the Ipswich East State School Hall.

Sign-up starts at 6pm, before an hour-long class from 6.15pm.

Phone Ms Koppen on 0422 870 227 or visit

Topics:  ipswich nia dance technique

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