Matakana Moves’ dance instructor Mariska van Egmond also holds Nia dance classes at the Warkworth Town Hall on Wednesdays at 9.30am.
Warkworth Town Hall is hosting a free Nia dance class on Friday, March 6, to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Internationally acclaimed composer and vocalist Lis Addison will be joined by dance instructor Mariska van Egmond for a 60-minute introduction to Nia and KiVo.
Nia is a dance style that provides physical exercise through movement to music, while KiVo aims at improving mental wellbeing and social connection through singing.
The event is a collaboration between the Town Hall, Matakana Moves and Women’s Centre Rodney.
Women’s Centre course coordinator Bridget Farmiloe says there will also be the opportunity to contribute towards a combined artwork.
“It will give women the chance to express themselves and their feelings about being a woman and contribute to International Women’s Day celebrations,” Bridget says.
“The event is a chance for women to connect with others and take some time out to celebrate being a woman and advocate for further steps towards equal rights for all.”
Artwork will be set up from 9am, while the dance class will run from 9.30am to 10.30am, followed by refreshments until midday.
The event is the second time the Women’s Centre has collaborated with Matakana Moves. The organisations held a fundraiser at Christmas that raised $250 for the centre.
“We both have a firm commitment to empower and connect women, so it makes sense to work together,” Bridget says.
International Women’s Day is officially on Saturday, March 8, and has been celebrated since 1911.
It is a time to celebrate the achievements of women, whether social, political, economic or cultural. This year the theme is #EachforEqual.