Alice Heller has been dancing for most of her life. Her focus for 2016 is on Nia, early movement education and African dance. She has been working with children and adults for over 20 years. Starting with the classic dance genres, she moved into African dance in 1989 and studied seriously for 25 plus years performing and teaching.
Besides African-based dance and drumming, Alice's studies moved her to work with children in preschools and private class settings. She has taught jazz, creative movement, hip hop, improvisational dance and gymnastics and more recently internal martial arts and Nia. She earned her white belt Nia certificate in 2011 with Casey Bernstein and her Blue Belt August 2013.
Nia classes integrate dance, martial arts and the healing arts including yoga. Alice brings all modalities to her class making them unique and moving - internally as well as externally.
Teaching in the Metro Boston area, Alice shares her passion for connecting body/mind through classes, workshops and drum/dance circles. In addition to teaching adults, she still regularly offers music and movement classes to young children, African dance to teens and adults, as well as weekly Nia and African dance classes in the Boston/Concord area with workshops as well as private sessions.
A passionate student, performer, Instructor and choreographer of West African dance for 25 years. Alice has been a member of various dance groups in Boston including Aconcone, directed by Ibrahim Camara and Under the Sun Dance and Drum led by Fatou Carol Sylla. Alice also dances with her own troupe Teriya that was formed in 2000 and performed for many events especially the Build a School in West Africa benefit concerts. Other influences come from teachers in the Boston and New England area including Boston teachers: Seydou Coulibaly, Fatou N’Daiye, Pape N'Daiye and Joh Camara, as well as Guinea’s Youssouf Koumbassa.