is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries.  Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Join the Nia Community.  Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.


Lainie is a Black Belt Nia Instructor who has had the pleasure of sharing the  Nia Technique with hundreds of students over the last 18 years.   She has studied a wide variety of dance and movement forms, and is a dancer and choreographer with the Toronto-based community dance company, PushPULL. Step in to her class and experience the joy of movement.



In order to keep everyone safe and healthy,

in person classes are limited during the

Covid pandemic. 


Check out my online schedule here



And take a look at my VIDEO page, or check out niatv to keep dancing at home anytime. 

We may be physically distanced, but we are still together in dance!





 I am so excited to be able to offer 

dance/movement classes

adapted for people

with differing levels of mobility.

Moving to Heal is for people managing long or short term illness or injury, and anyone who is simply looking for a more relaxed but still vibrant, wholistic workout.  Nia offers the Moving to Heal class

to move you to feel better


I include in this offering

a beautiful and unique program called

Dancing With Parkinson's

Get in touch to find out more

Or click here to find out about DWP's

free online classes.

What is Nia? Take a look:
The Arts of Nia





Join me from your home as we dance on ZOOM!

Here's the schedule for 2021:


Tuesday PJs:

9:30am Eastern Time

~ roll out of bed and onto the dance floor in your pyjamas!


Thursday Lunch Breaks:

12:30pm Eastern Time 

~ get-moving with a classic class


1:30pm Eastern Time 

~ seated class that's gentle yet invigorating.


Friday FreeDance:

9:30am Eastern Time

~ anything goes, movement wise!



To register for the January-March session click here.

You are welcome to join at any time.



Recognizing that the pandemic has hit many people financially, these classes are offered by sliding-scale donation and with no obligation.  You are welcome to join for whatever you can manage, or to pay it forward for someone else.  Payment for this session of classes can be made by credit card at the above registration link, or if you prefer you can pay by etransfer for one or more classes.



Once you have registered you will be sent the link for all classes.



POP-UP in the PARK!

Check the Events Page for outdoor classes in

Earlscourt Park which will Pop-Up when weather permits.

Class is open to all, but limited to 25 as per public health guidelines.

Class is offered by donation only.  $10 suggested (cash or etransfer) but less or more is fine too!

We meet just south of the gazebo at the west side of Earlscourt Park.  Can't wait to dance with you.




University of Toronto Athletic Centre 

Fitmix Dance (Nia/Moving to Heal):

Fridays at 11:30am

Note:  registration procedures have changed. 

You must register and complete a health check before every class. Click here for details.

This class is currently on hold.


Classes at other locations are currently on hold. 

Stay tuned and stay safe.

Capoeira Bamba (1069 St Clair W, 2nd floor)

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Hart House (




If none of these times work for you, gather a group of friends, family, co-workers, whoever, and I'll happily arrange your own personalized series or even a single class.   

Get in touch to discuss possibilities:  email


Looking for a unique way to celebrate with friends? I am happy to gear a class to your specific needs.  Birthdays or other moments marked in an embodied and social way by starting with a Nia class.  

Get in touch to discuss in person and virtual possibilities: email


Technology has now made it possible to take classes with Nia teachers all around the world.  Click here to find online class listings.

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Experience the unified beat of

mind, emotions, body and spirit.  

Understand your own nature.  

Realize your own potential.



Get in touch anytime:


I acknowledge with humility and respect that I am an uninvited guest/settler on the land in which I live and work ~ the territory of the Anishinaabe, Mississauga and Haudenosaunee peoples. I acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.  I recognise the enduring presence of all First Nations, MΓ©tis and Inuit peoples.