"People will always remember how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou
Nya believes that an Educator is like a "tour guide" in a student's development. One of many people who guides a student into the type of Artist and person they want to be. Nya's teaching approach is to offer adaptable tools and resources so that young artists can build confidence in achieving their goals, use imagery to ignite their imagination, be authentically themselves, and have fun! Nya's classes are rooted in humor, positive encouragement, and conscious individuality so that her students have a sense of belonging. Nya aspires that her students leave her with a sense of self-empowerment that they can do anything as long as they are consistent, accountable, and their authentic selves on stage and off, all rooted in kindness and mindfulness.
Nya teaches the Martha Graham technique, Contemporary Dance (Graham-Dunham based), Dance Improvisation, Movement for non-dancers, and Dance Composition. She also gives workshops on Antiracism and Sense of Belonging. Nya considers herself a Dance Dramaturg too.
She is available for workshops, residencies, company classes, guest teaching artists, zoom classes, and private coaching. Contact her below for more information.
NYA'S NEW YORK CITY TOURS
Nya’s career is not only limited to the performing arts, she is a proud licensed New York City Tour Guide for 20 years and a member of the Guide Association of NYC. In 2009, she created NYCSTAR HOSPITALITIES a tour company that specializes in creating unique NYC tour experiences rooted in storytelling and entertainment centering the Black, Hispanic/Latine, and Indigenous New Yorkers.
COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION AND RACIAL EQUITY
Since 2017, Nya has been legally ordained in New York State to marry any couple thanks to her friends pictured above whom she married. Nya is available to ordain marriages.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nya committed to building equitable and inclusive policies and practices centering Black women in the Concert Dance industry. She is one of the founding members of the AGMA Black Caucus and sits on the labor union's board of governors. Nya is also professionally certified in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity by Cornell University. Nya is available for (J)EDI consulting.