Spirit Bird

The Spirit Bird routine was created by JAG with the spirit of collaboration. As JAG describes it, "I feel like I gave this routine a few sparks in the community and created the space for this routine to manifest itself. A strong 'bird' motif showed up as I created the playlist and then the concept of 'flight' in our movement naturally followed." Spirit Bird is an empowering and freeing routine focused on the Ground in order to give our bodies Flight.

The focus of the routine is on The Sensation of Grounded, which is an awareness of the relationship between the foot and the earth. The intent is to use the power of the Ground to find Mobility, Strength Agility, Flexibility and Stability. It is a lovely opportunity to explore the Three Planes of Movement and a great chance to use awareness of your Levels One, Two and Three to find a relaxed powerful flight.

Flight can be described as feeling heavy on the outside but light on the inside. Or magnetically attached …

JAG's 2019 Classes and Workshops

Saturday - Sunday, April 27 - 28
"Men of Nia", classes and playshops @ Soma Ranch
10176 Pooles Rd.
Montgomery, TX

Wednesday, May 8
10:30 am
"Blue Earth" Nia routine @ Health Within
8226 196th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA

Thursday, May 16
9:00 am
"Blue Earth" Nia routine @ Embody Movement Studio
115 S Tower Ave
Centralia, WA

Saturday, May 18
10:00 am
"Blue Earth" Nia routine @ Just Move Studio
35859 Hwy 58
Pleasant Hill, OR

Monday, May 20
10:00 am
"Blue Earth" Nia routine @ Shine Collective
578 Searls Ave
Nevada City, CA

Thursday, May 23
10:00 am
"Blue Earth" Nia routine @ Ace Dance Academy
1825 Mt Diablo Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA

JAG & River: Road Trip 2019

This is a list of scheduled stops for my 2019 Road Trip. It's a list of places I'm sleeping and has nothign to do with where I'll teach and or visit during the day. Most nights I'll be at Motel 6 with a few exceptions as noted.
Visit this page to see what routines I'll be bringing this year:
And visit this page to see what teaching gigs I have set up.
Centralia - Wed, May 15 (Embody Studio teacher loft)

Portland - Thur, May 16
Springfield - Fri, May 17
Medford - Sat, May 18

Marysville - Sun, May 19
San Rafael - Mon-Thurs, May 20-23
Santa Barbara - Fri, May 24 - ? (Aunt Dorothy’s house)
Orange County tbd
Twentynine Palms - Thur, May 30

Kingman - Fri, May 31
Sedona  - Sat, June 1 (Alba’s house)

Santa Fe - Sun-Mon, June 2-3
Albuquerque - Tues, June 4
Santa Fe - Wed-Sun, June 5-9

Amarillo - Mon, June 10
Dallas - Tues, June 11
Houston - Wed, June 12
San Antonio - Thurs-Sat, June 13-15
Amarillo - Sun, June 16


Ghost Light

Doing this show was a whirlwind incredible experience. I consider myself, for the most part, retired from show business and now only pursue acting for the love of the art and the joy of practicing. I only occasionally look at casting call websites and am not interested in 95% of what I find there. But this particular notice for Ghost Light caught my eye for many reasons.

Tod Rainey's ad introduced him as an award winning theater artist from NYC who had worked with Alan Menkin and Public Enemy and on the Sleep No More project. He didn't describe the Ghost Light script except to say that he was interested in doing an immersive thing similar to Sleep No More. If you don't know what Sleep No More is, I urge you to look into it as it was one of the most memorable evenings I have ever spent immersed in a theatrical production. So I put together a monologue really quickly and went to go meet Tod.

Tod's energy was distinctly "New York"and I felt a connection right aw…

JAG Menu 2018

The two new routines I have for 2018 are Blue Earth and Spirit Bird.

Blue Earth is a collaboration. It was created through a project I initiated on Facebook so that I could co-create with Nia teachers all over the world. What we put together is a wonderful routine, with a focus on the Sensation of Feet Touching Earth and the intention to both Relax into and Generate Power from the Steps and Stances. I have also used a focus on Feldenkrais Technique with the intention to invite Ease and increase Range of Motion.  It uses great music and fun movements, some familiar and some new. Further descriptions of the Blue Earth routine are here. 

Spirit Bird is a routine that I created on my own, except that I included two songs that were created in Choreography Playshops. This is my newest creation and I'm sure it will grow and change as I teach it more. But at this time, the focus is on the Low Middle and High planes with the intention being to Sense Grounded Flight in our movement. 
The fe…

JAG and River Itinerary, Fall 2018

In October of 2017, as soon as I got home from my epic road trip, I took over the classes of a teacher who was leaving town, so I decided to stay in town to nurture these classes. I didn't take a trip in 2018 so I could spend the year in Seattle.

But then I was invited to participate in the Men of Nia event in StudioNia Santa Fe in October. Originally, I planned to fly there and only miss a minimal amount of my classes at home, but it proved to be difficult to organize the flight and someone to stay home with River. Eventually, I decided to drive. 

I figured a fairly direct route to Santa Fe and back could be pretty quick. As it turns out, I'll only need to take two weeks off from my classes.

So here's the schedule I worked out.

Friday, Oct 12
DRIVE: Seattle to Walla Walla
TEACH: Nia in Richland (Shelley)

Saturday, Oct 13
DRIVE: Walla Walla to Boise
TEACH: Nia in Boise (Britta)

Sunday, Oct 14
DRIVE: Boise to Woods Cross, UT

Monday, Oct 15
DRIVE: Woods Cross to Green River

the SPIRIT of Nia

I come from a sports background. After I got out of school, I no longer had an outlet for my athleticism so I got into dance. I felt it was a discipline that offered me a good physical challenge. I had considered going into boxing or martial arts, but I had a problem with the fighting mentality that pervaded. Being a dancer eventually led me to become an aerobics instructor, professionally.
This satisfied me for several years until I started to notice my body breaking down. I was in constant pain and it was not uncommon to see overuse and misuse injuries in my field.
So it was this that led me to Nia. I read about it as a practice that combined the best of all worlds. The martial arts barefoot practice of self discipline, the healing qualities and self awareness of Alexander and Feldenkrais, the spiritual connections of yoga and tai chi, the freedom and expression of modern and jazz dance.... it was perfect for me. It combined exercise with self improvement with healing.

And as I scie…