About Didi

Didi in GreeceNia Black Belt Practitioner in the Niagara Region

The Joy of Movement

Fitness has been an interest of mine for as long as I can remember. It happened incidentally growing up, being involved in sports and particularly dance. I studied and assisted in ballet, tap, toe, jazz and ballroom dancing while in school and choreographed (and performed) many numbers for student productions during my teaching career. Over the years, I became involved in yoga, aerobics, speed walking, swimming and hiking but found something was missing. Really I wanted to DANCE

I took my first Nia class in February 2006, looking for a dance fitness technique that I could offer while introducing clients to my favorite second home, the island of Lesvos, Greece. I fell in love with the fun and fitness of it immediately and began researching the best place for my first ‘retreat’. Having visited the island for 40 years, taught English there in 1987 and lived there for most of 2000 – 2006,  I have an insight into the Greek community and a knowledge of the island of Lesvos that is priceless.

I did my first Nia Intensive training week, my White Belt, in July 2006 and began teaching immediately. A year later I trained for my Blue Belt level in Portland Oregon with Carlos and Debbie Rosas, the founders of Nia.

This photo was taken there with 3 of our top trainers. In June 2009, I completed my training for the newest belt in Toronto, the Green Belt. It was created as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration that year and focuses on the teaching of Nia and ‘delivering the promise’. In November 2009, and  December 2010, I took my Brown and Black Belt training. The personal growth in these sessions is transformative.  I continue to hone my skills by hosting and attending workshops and retreats in Toronto and abroad.

Travel is a passion of mine, as well as dance, and now I am thrilled to be able to combine the two. I am researching more trips to Lesvos, Greece; and Bali, Indonesia at the moment.

In the future I would like to plan retreats to the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand to begin with. There are many destinations in Canada that I would also like to revisit with fellow Nia lovers including Vancouver Island, and the Shuswap area for house boating and Nia. I am excited to be able to share my knowledge of and enthusiasm for these destinations.