LIVING IT UP: Carol Greenwood (floral tights at the front) with fellow dancers.
LIVING IT UP: Carol Greenwood (floral tights at the front) with fellow dancers.

Festival's principal goal is dance jam for charity

WHEN Brisbane school principal Carol Greenwood and her husband retired to Yamba, little did they know that one of Carol's hobbies would help her make friends and become an important part of the community.

Carol will host the Nia Dance Jam in Yamba on Friday April 5 from 6pm.

The event, now in its third year, is part of the Clarence Valley Plunge Festival and this year it's a fundraiser for the CWA and women affected by drought.

The Clarence Valley Plunge Art and Culture Festival is on from March 28 to April 30, with more than 175 festival and fringe events celebrating the region's art and culture.

It is a chance to do or see something new - like Nia - something that was an occasional hobby for a busy Brisbane school principal but is now something she teaches twice a week in her new home town of Yamba.

"I've been retired since 2013 - I was a primary school principal in Brisbane but we decided to retire to Yamba," she said, adding that Yamba had been a favourite holiday spot and despite not really knowing anyone, she and her husband now feel right at home.

"I decided to join the Nia classes - I had done it in Brisbane and enjoyed it. But when both of the then teachers said they wouldn't be continuing, I wondered where I was going to get my Nia fix."

When the retiring teachers suggested Carol study to teach it herself, she decided to take up the challenge.

"I started teaching later that year and now teach two classes a week," she said. "Nia is a fun barefoot movement practice set to soul-stirring music designed to cushion the entire body and spirit."

For Carol it has been a way to really become part of her new community and embrace her new quieter, less frantic life. She now has her own community of friends and another way of keeping healthy and fit along with practising yoga several times a week and enjoying walking by the ocean and along the many beautiful tracks around her home town.

And, of course, she is looking forward to taking off her shoes and joining with other teachers to present more than an hour's worth of eclectic Nia dance routines in a show that is open to the entire community.

"Leave your shoes and worries at the door, quiet your mind and be guided into the sensations of your body with Nia. Move in fun ways, sharing the joy of movement to global music and leave sweaty and smiling!" Carol said.

Cost is $15 with all proceeds going to the CWA. Bring your water, wear comfortable clothes and prepare to have loads of fun ."

For more information, head to Carol's Facebook - Nia Yamba, go to NiaAustralia.com.au or phone her on 0412255306.


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