Tuesday, July 22, 2014

expandance is coming to Canada!

Good news, everyone!

After Ireland, India, New York, and Costa Rica, 
expandance is coming to Canada for the first time 

1 day workshop in Vancouver, B.C.

Saturday August 2nd 2014
10am - 4.30pm
Location: Centro Flamenco, 102 - 2083 Alma St., Vancouver, British Columbia

Early bird special - before July 27th: $100
Thereafter $125

Book here now! 

"When I first began performing improv, stories and character pieces, I had a tendency to overthink things. Studying the expandance technique with Rachel helped me become a more grounded, confident performer. Years later, I still use many of the techniques I learned from Rachel to prepare myself before a performance."

- Sarah Rainone

"There are so many things to recommend about Rachel's course it's hard to know where to begin. First of all, she helped me remember that I have a body as well as a mind. Like a lot of people I suppose, I find myself locked inside my head far too much for my own comfort. expandance teaches you how to feel and experience your body in a way that's both profound but totally joyful and light. I loved the way that expandance incorporates play and gives you permission to let your inner freak out. Since doing the course my days feel that bit more spacious and my body feels my own again. Rachel is a wonderful teacher: encouraging, empathic and great at intuiting where your head's at. Before expandance, I couldn't ever imagine myself running around a stage like a little kid in front of others. But one of the real joys of the program is that it teaches you that it's not only okay to give
yourself permission to open up in this way, it's also really, really good for you.
 "You don't have to be a dancer to do this. All it takes is a willingness to test your boundaries and to put your faith in others, but most of all in yourself. The rewards are enormous." 

- Paul Willis, NYC,


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

expandance: PDX JULY

Hi everyone!

I'm in Portland, Oregon for the month of July and giving private expandance sessions at 

200 NE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

1 hour sessions are $65 / 1.5 hour sessions are $85

To book, e-mail me at rachel@expandance.com 

I am very much looking forward to working with you, Portland!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Last performance of Wicked Frozen!

Our last performance of Wicked Frozen is tomorrow (ok, today, technically!) - we've had the most wonderful response from audiences so far and we hope you can join us for the last show at the West Village Musical Theatre Festival.

A musical parody mashup of "Wicked" and "Frozen"
Written by two people who have never seen "Wicked" or "Frozen"

Players Theatre, MacDougal Street (near West 4th), New York
Sunday June 29th 2014 2pm

And here are some photos I took over the last couple of weeks!

Enjoy - and see you tomorrow!

- Rachel 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our musical opens next week!

Hi everyone,

I'm delighted to announce that tickets to Wicked Frozen, the musical I've spent the last month directing here in New York, are now available online.

It has been a learning curve directing and choreographing actors rather than dancers, and I've enjoyed every minute working with this incredibly talented cast. I've brought the expandance technique into rehearsals too and it has been really gratifying witnessing the cast take the technique on board and utilize it in their work.

Wicked Frozen is funny, fast paced, and fabulously written and scored.

I hope you'll come join us and laugh your capes off.

- Rachel

Friday, March 14, 2014

Performance last night photos

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the lack of advance notice on this; I got back from the expandance workshop in Costa Rica late Tuesday and spent the last two days in rehearsals for this show, which we presented last night, so didn't have a moment to put it online. But we'll be doing it again most likely so I'll let you all know then!

It was a partly improvised, partly set piece by Savina Theodorou, to composed live free jazz music by Sten Hostfalt, and it was a lot of fun. I met some lovely and incredibly talented musicians, and it's always a treat to dance to live music. 

Thanks to Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn for hosting.  

- Rachel 

Constance Cooper – voice
Liliana Santon - voice
Robyn Siwula – viola
Takuya Nakamura – trumpet
Stan Nishimura – trombone
Claire de Brunner – bassoon
Noah Preminger – tenor saxophone
Evan Gallagher – Casio keyboard
Sten Hostfalt – guitar, compositions
Matthew Garrison – electric bass guitar
Shayna Dulberger – acoustic bass
Jimmy Weinstein – drums
Dave Miller – drums
Savina Theodorou – dance
Rachel Wynne – dance

Monday, January 20, 2014

Upcoming classes NYC

Smile, do a twirl, and mark your calendars! 

Upcoming 2014 expandance classes in NYC: 

Thursday January 23rd 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
Thursday February 13th & 20th 7.30pm - 9.30pm 
Thursday February 20th 7.30pm - 9.30pm 

Location is 30th Street & 8th Ave, cost is $20. 
E-mail me to RSVP (please specify which class/es you're coming to) and I'll send you the address and other relevant info. YAY!

Also - remember there's the COSTA RICA workshop coming up at the end of February! See below post. E-mail me for more info, check my website or peruse at your leisure the event page on Facebook. 

No dance experience is required for these classes. 

See you there!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

expandance Costa Rica workshop Feb / Mar 2014

The beautiful space for our workshop

Hi everyone!

I'm delighted to share with you our next worksop: a 4 day dance workshop and retreat in beautiful jungle surroundings at Lake Arenal, Costa Rica at the end of February / beginning of March 2014. Discover your body’s true potential - whatever your walk of life. Relax, rejuvenate and surprise yourself. This is a creative, holistic movement workshop designed to help you let go of preconceived limitations and get you moving in a safe and fun way! Explore where your movement and creativity come from. No prior dance experience is necessary. 

Workshop dates:

Friday February 28th 2014
Saturday March 1st
Sunday March 2nd
Monday March 3rd

expandance is a healing movement technique that combines over a decade of Transforming Cellular Memory healing and facilitation with over 25 years of dance training and teaching. 

The technique has helped many people overcome chronic pain, prevent injury, become more centered and less anxious, relax into the present moment, unblock creativity, learn how to work and move in a more collaborative manner, and overcome performance fear. This workshop is open to anyone wanting to take some time out for nurturing, peace and creativity in magical, warm Costa Rica. Enjoy home-made, locally-sourced, buffet-style healthy and delicious food, tropical birds and flowers, sun, and a beautiful place to stay at Lake Arenal, all at an incredibly reasonable price.

Eating area at Living Forest

Early bird special $490 (booked before Dec 31st 2013) includes workshop, shared accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. 

Cost after Dec 31st: $575

To book your place or if you have questions, please e-mail me at rachel@rachelwynne.com 

See the place here

More info about expandance here or of course by scrolling through this blog.  

"My greatest lessons from expandance have ultimately been about fearlessness. The meditative technique goes beyond other types of sitting or moving meditation I've practiced. That is, it accesses deep awareness, calm acceptance, and loving-kindness...and also manages to make me feel like a better communicator and more confident in general. This technique has allowed me to give myself permission to take risks...at work, at play, and in my relationships with other people."
- Erica Frankel, NYC

“For me, the two most powerful things that I’ve received from expandance so far, are experiencing what my body is capable of and wants to do - I had never been invited to move in that way before - and getting Divine Light into the body in a way that can be difficult to do if you’re not using the body.” 
- Caitlin Kelley, NYC, November 2013

Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

"Living Forest, what a place! Everything about the place is perfect. The workshop was life changing, the location, the comfort of sitting in the workshop space, the views of the amazing jungle like trees surrounding the workshop space, with the odd howler monkey visiting! The passing exotic birds, the hospitality and warmth of the owner Johanna, and the natural swimming pool by the river, and as for the food! Deeelicious! A piece of paradise!" 
- Sharon, Ireland

If you wish to extend your stay at Living Forest; Lake Arenal Retreat center please contact us for pricing. 

Looking forward to sharing this very special workshop with you,

Founder, expandance 
Owner, Living Forest Retreat Center

From New York: JetBlue has great fares direct from JFK to Liberia, Costa Rica. 

From outside the US, the following airlines operate to Liberia International Airport: American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, United, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Iberia, US Airways, Air Canada. 

Other cool stuff: Lake Arenal is home to some great wakeboarding, water-skiing, kayaking and wind surfing. There are also zip-lining trips over the jungle forest not too far away.