EDUCATOR

"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. 

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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. Click here to learn More about Nya's NYC Tours

BUILDING A SENSE OF BELONGING

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nya committed to building Antiracism & Racial Equity policies centering on Black women in Concert Dance. Nya was nominated to the board of governors of the labor union American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) representing Dancers in the NY Region and one of the founders of the AGMA Black Caucus. This work inspired Nya to get a Certificate Diploma in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) from Cornell University (eCornell). Nya is available for DEIA consultation and ordains marriages.