The Nia Technique, Connecticut

  Movement arts for holistic fitness 

You'll sense the difference the moment you enter our space, located in an historic Civil War era train station, now home of the Milford Arts Council...better known as the MAC, in charming downtown Milford, Connecticut. Stepping into the rich fullness of your own creativity and self-expression, you feel enveloped by an energy that feeds your spirit.  You feel supported on all levels of your being.  Free to explore the connections of Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit. You sense the possibility to self-heal and to reach your personal potential.

You might describe it as cardio dance fitness, but it's so much more!  Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts.  It empowers people of all shapes and sizes.

Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring multi-cultural music, including pop, electronica, jazz, New Age, and classical.  Class cycles include warm-up, sustained non-impact aerobic conditioning, strength training, cool down and stretching.  

Students are guided through 52 basic movements and techniques that draw on a combination of Jazz, Modern and Duncan dance styles, Tai Chi, Taekwondo and Aikido; and the bodymind healing arts of Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Yoga. 

Athletes, dancers, casual exercisers and gym-haters alike embrace the Nia movement lifestyle because it feels good.  It's exhilarating...not guilt-driven; expressive...not one-dimensional; healing... not exhausting.  Nia fits you and your needs.  It's not a rigid's guided, but with room for you to play.

All aboard now!   Join us for Nia!


Students say:

"I'm in the best shape I've ever been in...Nia is an intense workout!  This has been one of the best life-changing things that I've ever done."

"Nancy Hammett's Nia classes are therapy for body and soul.  A phenomenal

cardio workout in addition to being the most liberating exercise experience

imaginable.  Choice of music, varied choreography, empowering tai chi moves,

and Nancy's sparkling energy lift me away from my problems and concerns and

get me in shape.  Absolutely magical and exhilarating."


"The first thing I noticed was that everyone in my classes learned everyone else's name.  It's amazing how you can go to conventional fitness classes for years with the same people and never speak to anyone...Nia is like a night out with the girls...with benefits!"


 "From my very first Nia class...I felt myself moving with grace and creativity - things I'd never felt before in aerobics classes..."

 Professionals say:

"I love Nia.  It's a total mind, body, spirit celebration."Christiane Northrop, M.D., Author of "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom"


"Nia is both therapeutic and enjoyable.  The movements feel natural and open up insights and feelings that will make you feel like you are discovering yourself in a new way." – Bernie Siegel, M.D., Author of "Love, Medicine and Miracles"

See you soon at the MAC!

Nancy Hammett, Director 


Following State and City guidelines with regard to the global Covid19 pandemic, we regret that all classes at MAC 

are currently suspended 

***On a positive note***

All of my classes are available

 at 10:30 am, EDT, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

via Facebook Live


Pre-registration required

Stay healthy all!  Keep moving!

Also, Nia HQ in Portland, OR 

is currently offering 30-day free trial,

 followed by 50% off the regular price for six months to Nia TV

Our regular schedule of classes 

will resume when we have the all clear at:

Milford Arts Council


40 Railroad Avenue

Milford, CT 

(in the old train station)  

        And, at the Jewish Community Center

360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT

           To see Nia in action, click play!



Nia stands for human rights, dignity and freedom for all. We stand with the oppressed and we are committed to do all that we can to right the wrongs that have plagued this nation for generations. Systemic racism must end now. We pledge to do our part.



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