- What Material I Teach
- What To Do Next
I have no established set of rates and I have no minimum requirement to visit and teach in your community. Here’s how I find it works best for everyone:
I appoint a Producer in each town I plan to visit. If you are reading this, you are probably being asked to be my Producer in your town. The Producer and I decide together what materials I’ll present while I’m there and we’ll settle on a date and time.
The Producer will secure the space and promote the event to the local community. The Producer will also set the price for the event, collect fees from the students and use those fees to pay the rental in the space, if applicable. The profit after expenses is split 30% / 70% between the Producer and myself, respectively.
I am also open to other suggested ways of arranging this.
There are some cases where the best location to invite me to is a place that strictly offers a single payment for the class. In the past, we have had great success with asking the students to consider making a voluntary donation to the "JAG & River Road Trip Love Fund". In other words, when the students are paid members and would otherwise get the class for no cost, we have put out a donation bowl and have found that the students are happy to contribute what they can to supplement the standard payment from the facility for a special Nia event.
It is important to note that I do travel with my dog, River. He is always at my side. He comes into the studio with me on his leash, I set up his crate in the corner and he sleeps in the room while we do class. Afterward, I put him back on his leash to lead him out and back to my car. Over the years, I have had a number of facilities balk at allowing a dog on the premises, which I totally understand, but I've also had dozens of facilities allow River to accompany me. He is very well-behaved and has probably been in more different gyms and movement studios across the country than most people have.
WHAT I'LL TEACH:
Here is a list of what I’m considering offering this year. If there is something you'd like me to present that isn't listed here, please ask me; I'm confident we can arrange it. But what I've put together specifically for this year's road trip are:
1- Frankie Say Nia: an 80’s New Wave classic format Nia routine (55 mins)
2- Community Network Synergy: a choreography Playshop intended to develop a song for inclusion into a full Nia routine to be created by multiple communities and presented by me in 2016. (2-3 hours)
3- FreeDance Playshop: An informative, experiential playshop for students and teachers. This playshop can be taught with or without the accompanying classic Nia class taught almost entirely in FreeDance style. (2-4 hours)
4- The Art of Joy: An informal playshop inspired by First Degree Black Belt. The focus is on happiness and the intent is to learn and share all the ways in which we bring and find happiness in our lives. (time varies)
For a more in depth description of each item, visit this page.
Many producers have asked about helping me with housing while I am in town. And my short answer is, "Don't worry about it."
It is usually my experience that staying at the local Motel 6 offers such ease, simplicity, predictability and privacy that I actually prefer it to being housed locally.
I do appreciate the gesture enormously! And I do still stay at private homes and love it. But I say this so that no one feels obligated to house us.
If the community wants to step up the hospitality, the best way to help me would be to feed me. I would be amenable to prearranging for some students to pay their class fees with fresh, wholesome, food or homemade meals that travel well.
Another possible way to assist me is for someone to offer me the use of their kitchen for cooking up some of my own meals for stocking my travel cooler, but that requires a lot of preparation and planning.
And it’s always nice to be taken out to a restaurant or visit a home for a meal, as long as River can join us.
And again, I want to say that none of these things are requested by me. These are things that have come up on prior trips often enough to warrant my mentioning them here.
WHAT TO DO:
The first step is to decide what you want me to present in your town. You can choose more than one thing.
The second step is to establish a date and time for these presentations. Here is a basic outline of where I plan to be and when. I have probably already contacted you with a proposed date for your town, and I don't have a lot of wiggle room as you can see from this proposed itinerary. But things can be shifted around a little bit as long as it's still early in the process, and as long as we don't stray too far from the course.
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I am excited to be working with you on putting together the most epic yet of all of my road trips. Please let me know if you'd like to move forward.