Nia: Dance for Good, a fundraiser for eight different Midcoast nonprofits, will be held eight Sunday afternoons at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St. beginning April 29. The one-hour classes, taught by Meg Barclay, will run from 4 to 5 p.m. weekly through June 24; there will be no class Memorial Day weekend.

Suggested donations are $10 to $15 per class.  All ages are welcome and no registration is required, the public is invited to support their favorite nonprofit or attend the entire series. The beneficiaries will be: April 29, The Community Schools; May 6, Common Journey Women’s Cancer Support Group; May 13, Coastal Mountains Land Trust; May 20, University College at Rockland Scholarship Fund; June 3, The Rig; June 10, New Hope for Women; June 17, Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League; and June 24 – Merryspring Nature Center. There is no class on May 27.

Nia, an internationally acclaimed practice for more than 25 years, offers a fun, creative pathway to health and wellbeing regardless of age or physical condition. Choreographed, hour-long, low-impact classes are done barefoot to music using a combination of 52 moves that deliver cardiovascular, whole-body conditioning and correspond to the main areas of the body — the base, core and upper extremities. Nia integrates nine forms in the dance, martial and healing arts — tai chi, tae kwon do, aikido, jazz, modern dance, Duncan Technique, yoga, Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method.

Classes will be led by Meg Barclay, a certified Nia white belt teacher who has a passion for helping others fully inhabit their bodies through the sensory joy of movement and to love their bodies wherever they are on life’s path. Barclay, who has studied dance, martial arts and yoga, first discovered Nia in 2008 and was immediately attracted to its integration of movement forms. After using healing movement to recover her strength and range of motion following several surgeries and radiation treatment, her ambition became to share the power of healing movement by teaching Nia. This fundraiser was inspired by Barclay’s desire to support the community she loves through dance.

For more information about the class series or Nia, visit Barclay’s website,, or contact her at

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