Niara was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium. She studied classical ballet at the Conservatory of Brussels and spent 2 summers as a full scholarship student at the Chicago City Ballet. Her classical training instilled in her an appreciation for foundation, hard work and discipline.
At 18, Niara relocated to the U.S to attend Boston University. After earning her B.A in Psychology, she spent time living and working in Paris and Hawaii before settling in NYC. It was there that she resumed her dance training at Broadway Dance Center and Manhattan Motion. She was soon drawn to Boulder, Colorado and it was at Motion Underground Dance Studio that she expanded on her hip hop and contemporary training. Her drive as a student soon led her to teach numerous classes, encompassing various styles for all ages and levels, and eventually to direct performance hip hop troupes.
Colorado's thriving dance community offered many performance opportunities. Niara joined Mob Squad, the Denver Nuggets hip hop dance team led by Kenny Jimenez. She also performed nationally with Jimenez' dance company Elements of Motion. As a member of F.E.M, Niara danced at the esteemed San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, and as the founder and artistic director of Boom Unit, she performed at the Colorado Hip Hop Festival and Colorado's Best Dance Crew. She was also fortunate to have toured nationally and abroad with Gary Kendell's Monster Shop Bumpin' Tour. The opportunity to work with the legendary Jabbawockeez founder has had a lasting impact on her.
Niara's next Dance venture was as a founder and co-owner of StreetSide Studios – a performance based dance studio in Boulder. She spent 2 years managing the studio, directing hip hop performance troupes, and teaching a mix of dance styles for youth and teen students. In 2010, Niara refocused her energy towards the development of Niara Dance, an adult dance program specializing in urban and contemporary movement.
Her continued dedication as a student has kept Niara inspired and motivated as a teacher. Her dynamic classes are influenced by a myriad of styles including hip hop, dancehall, street jazz, burlesque, breakin', house and contemporary jazz. Since moving to San Diego in 2012, Niara has loved exploring her new local dance community. She taught contemporary jazz at the Academy of Performing Arts, worked with circus performers at the San Diego Circus Center, is on staff as a contemporary instructor at the Del Mar Ballet, runs her own adult dance program out of Fitness West in Pacific Beach, and is the Artistic Director of 'DUSK' - an adult performance dance group. Her classes have been featured in 'The Beach & Bay Press", abc's t.v show "The List" and most recently 'San Diego Magazine'.
She is excited to reach new students and share her passion for movement as a form of expression. She always encourages her students to step outside their comfort zone, to strive for maximum growth, and to move with purpose.