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 Brown Belt Nia Instructor who has had the pleasure of sharing the  Nia Technique with hundreds of students over the last 16 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, all classes are cancelled during the Covid pandemic. 

Watch this space for updates. 

In the meantime, take a look at my VIDEO page, or check out niatv to keep dancing in your home. 

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





(Please get in touch before your first class: email)

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

Classic Nia:

Fridays at 9:30am

Please note: No shoes of any kind are allowed on the dance floor at this location.

Generate (  

(Classes currently on hold ~ contact the studio for updates)


Hart House (

Classic Nia:

Tuesdays at 1pm 

Moving to Heal:

Wednesdays at 10am

(Moving to Heal is a slightly gentler Nia class geared toward seniors, people managing long or short term illness or injury, and anyone who is simply looking for a more relaxed but still vibrant, wholistic workout.)

University of Toronto Athletic Centre 


Fitmix Dance (Moving to Heal):

Mondays and Fridays at 11am

(This class geared toward seniors, people managing long or short term illness or injury, and anyone who is simply looking for a more relaxed but still vibrant, wholistic dance workout.)




If none of these times work for you, gather a group of friends, family, co-workers, whoever, and I'll come to you for a 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 possibilities: email



 I am so excited to be able to offer 

dance/movement classes

adapted for people

with different levels of mobility,


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

upcoming online event.

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Experience the unified beat of

mind, emotions, body and spirit.  

Understand your own nature.  

Realize your own potential.

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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, Métis and Inuit peoples.