Thursday, May 28, 2020

Registration link for expandance Fridays

*** expandance Fridays **

Every Friday

8am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 4pm Ireland & UK

Register here (takes 10 seconds, and you'll get an e-mail with the Zoom link)

https://bit.ly/RegisterExpandanceFri

Donate here:

https://www.paypal.me/expandance

or
CashApp expandance

Suggested donation $5-$20 *or whatever you can do*

* Calm your mind and clear mind chatter

* Find those places in your body you're holding tension and let it go

* Get grounded and centered

* Feel more free, easier in the body and mind, and more uplifted

"Rachel's capacities and tools are among the most impactful and transformative I have ever experienced." - A.H., Portland, OR




Monday, May 18, 2020

expandance practice ongoing

Have you tried expandance yet? 


I hope you can join me this week (and every week while we are in SIP) - 

1. Wednesday class for the cancer community (through St. Joseph's Health)
2. Friday class for everyone 


1. Wednesdays

5:30pm - 7:30pm 
FREE for the cancer community, current patients, survivors, and their caretakers
expandance followed by DEEP relaxation with restorative yoga poses, singing bowls and sound journey from Sarah Jenness
E-mail my amazing boss Sharon to register and for the Zoom link: Sharon.doughty@stjoe.org

''The combination (of dance and restorative) was spectacular" - Nikki 

2. Fridays

8am - 8:55am 
Lovely shortened link: https://bit.ly/ZoomExpandanceFri - YES! Just click on that link! It'll bring you straight to the Zoom room :-) 
DONATION based. 
$20 suggested / pay what you can / no one turned away to: https://www.paypal.me/expandance 
FREE for anyone coming from St. Joseph's cancer community classes, as well as for front line responders, delivery and store workers, and immigrants. 

A wonderful way to start the day! I open the room a few minutes early so we can start on time. 

This is what a Sebastopol mama said last week after an expandance Zoom class:

I did expandance this morning with Rachel Wynne. If you have been thinking about doing this, Do It! I am not a dancer, I don't exercise regularly and I have chronic pain. I loved the unconventional warm up she lead us through and the visualizations with movement. Afterwards, I felt relaxed and energized at the same time. Most notably, I was able to release a considerable amount of tension that I was carrying in my body. I did all of this a short amount of time and in a small space. - B

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

This week's offerings

Each Wednesday at the moment we have a FREE class for the cancer community - patients, survivors and caretakers - called Release And Restore. 

*** expandance gentle movement / dance followed by deep relaxation with sound healing, with me and Sarah Jenness ***

5:30 - 7:30pm East Coast USA (PDT)

Please e-mail Sharon at Sharon.doughty@stjoe.org for Zoom link and to register.

Hope to see you tonight!


"Release and Restore was exactly what I needed. It is true to its name: I was gifted with the space, safety, freedom, and encouragement to listen deeply to my body, contact my inner experience, and move and release what had been stagnating within; then, I got to melt into a warm, cozy sound bath while resting in regenerative yoga poses. Really, what more could I ask for?! I have been twice already, and will go again. Every time is a different experience. Taking this time to care for myself is invaluable (not only for me, but for my family who receives a more grounded and rejuvenated me afterward!)" - Erin, MFT

AND!

Each Friday at the moment I'm teaching 55 minutes of expandance:
Join me for 55 minutes of expandance to start our day centered, embodied, and alive. Move out your stresses and fears, and come back to a deeper connection with yourself.

expandance is a dance and meditation practice in one. If you're not comfortable with other people seeing you dance, you can tilt your camera or turn off video for those exercises.

We will start right at 8am; I'll open the room at 7:55am so we can all come in and start on time.

*** Fridays in May: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th ***

8am PDT - West Coast USA
11am EDT - East Coast USA
4pm BST - Ireland / UK

We will be finished by 8:55 / 11:55 / 4:55 so that California peeps can start work by 9 if they need to. ♥

Donate here:
https://www.paypal.me/expandance
CashApp expandance
$20
* Or pay what you can. No one turned away *

Facebook event is here. I'll be posting the Zoom link there this Thursday. 
Or you can e-mail me at rachel@expandance.com for the link.

Free for immigrants, the undocumented, and those on the front lines: anyone working in a hospital, grocery store, delivery service etc.

Monday, May 4, 2020

expandance this Friday May 8th! Zoom-ing to wherever you are in the world.

expandance this friday!

On Zoom - wherever you are in the world #GlobalExpandanceFamily

Dear friends,

Join me for a beautiful expandance class this Friday morning

8am PDT - West Coast USA
11am EDT - East Coast USA
4pm BST - Ireland / UK
Last Friday we had a lovely class with people from Dublin, Ireland, London, UK, and California! I hope you can join us. More info below.
$ 20 / Or Pay What You Can
E-mail me at rachel@expandance.com for the Zoom link

~ Rachel

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Join me for 55 minutes of expandance to start our day centered, embodied, and alive. Move out your stresses and fears, and come back to a deeper connection with yourself.

expandance is a dance and meditation practice in one. If you're not comfortable with other people seeing you dance, you can tilt your camera or turn off video for those exercises.

We will start right at 8am; I'll open the room at 7:55am so we can all come in and start on time.

We will be finished by 8:55 / 11:55 / 4:55 so that California peeps can start work by 9 if they need to. ♥
 
Free for immigrants, the undocumented, and those on the front lines: anyone working in a hospital, grocery store, delivery service etc.
 
Things I Get Asked All The Time / FAQs! 
* Do I need to know how to dance?
Nope. No experience at all is needed.
* What if I like dancing, but I'm supremely bad at it?
Well, firstly, that's most likely just your judgment speaking, and secondly, one of the wonderful things about expandance is it can actually help you change how you feel about your movement. One of the reasons I created this technique was to stop those ''judgey demons'' in my head that would decide to pop up whenever I started moving. There's a distinct possibility that after expandance, you'll replace the thought ''I'm bad at dancing'' with ''I don't care what I look like, I feel AMAZING'' or ''I'm actually not that bad!"
* I'm kinda self conscious and would feel better if others didn't see me. Is that cool?
Totally. You're more than welcome to tilt your laptop camera up to the ceiling during the dancey bits so that nobody can see you. Some folks do that! Bear in mind though, that (A) we're all going to be dancing too so nobody's looking at you, and (B) we all look tiny in our little Zoom windows anyway.
* What if I'm bad at learning choreography?
Good thing there's none to learn in this class :) I'll give guidance through improvised exercises - the movement though, comes from you.
* I have some injuries / can't move a lot. Can I still participate?
Yes! I also work with people who are chair-bound; with the dance improvisations there's always an intention or meditation behind them, and throughout, and so there's always a way to participate. And if you have concerns please e-mail me beforehand and we can work out what's best for you. rachel@expandance.com
* So what's this class about then?
It's about you getting into your body, getting in touch with it, freeing yourself up a bit, getting moving, allowing some creativity to be awakened, learning to trust yourself, gain a bit more confidence, shake off and move through stress and fear and other feelings that come from living through tough times, and ultimately coming out of class feeling a hell of a lot calmer, more centered, happier and relaxed than you did at the beginning.
Any other questions? Let me know!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Friday morning expandance on zoom



Join me for 55 minutes of expandance to start our day centered, embodied, and alive. Move out your stresses and fears, and come back to a deeper connection with yourself.

expandance is a dance and meditation practice in one. It has been called ''meditation for people who can't sit still'', ''so powerful'' and ''incredibly rewarding''. If you're not comfortable with other people seeing you dance, you can just turn off your camera for those exercises.

We will start right at 8am; I'll open the room at 7:55am so we can all come in and start on time.

*** Friday May 1st ***

8am PDT
11am EDT
4pm GMT

We will be finished by 8:55 / 11:55 / 4:55 so that California peeps can start work by 9 if they need to. ♥

PayPal ("Friends and Family" is appreciated)
$20 rachel@expandance.com
CashApp expandance
Or pay what you can. NOTA

Free for immigrants, the undocumented, and those on the front lines: anyone working in a hospital, grocery store, delivery service etc.

Go here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81631638748?pwd=UDl0dzQwcklYRERHdE9qcUNxVXY2UT09

Friday, February 7, 2020

Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival



Hi everyone,

I'm excited to be performing in the Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival.

I'll be onstage for Women at Large and Women at Home, and I hope to see you at one (or two) of the shows. We have some incredible talent, and all female-identifying playwrights, actors, producer and directors.

Tickets here

Monday, February 3, 2020

Release and Restore - free workshop for the cancer community


If you are living with cancer, a survivor, or a member of the cancer support community here in Sonoma County, this workshop is open (and free) to you. 

Please e-mail Sharon.doughty@stjoe.org to register

Next Workshop:

Wednesday February 19th 2020
5:30 - 7:30pm
in Santa Rosa, CA



Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from expandance!

This year was busy! We:
* hosted several pop-up Danceypants classes in Sebastopol, California
* gave free expandance and sound healing workshops, in conjunction with St. Joseph's Health and Bala Healing Arts, to survivors of, caretakers of, and those currently living with cancer in Sonoma County, CA
* taught private expandance classes
* hosted ''Release and Restore'' workshops
* choreographed for 6th Street School of Drama musical classes and performances
* taught some ballet classes
* started working on some exciting new projects for 2020

Thank you for showing up to classes, workshops, and performances this year, and in doing so, keeping the arts alive! 

See you on the dance floor in 2020 
"The EARTH without ART is just EH" - Demetri Martin

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Danceypants this Thursday Dec 19th - last of the decade!


Feel like dancing? 

Danceypants is a monthly pop-up dance class where you'll learn new and retro dance moves to fun music in a welcoming atmosphere. The aim is that you feel safe enough to make mistakes and laugh about it, that you get a bit of a workout, and that you leave feeling uplifted.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 19TH 7-8PM

This month ***come in your Santa Hat, Hanukkah sweater etc! :D ***

PLEASE RSVP to rachel@expandance.com

WHERE: West County Martial Arts (down the hall, in the SoCo Aerial studio at the back)
7231 Healdsburg Avenue, Sebastopol, California
*** go in the side door by sukkhothai ***

HOW MUCH: $15-20

PayPal in advance (up to the day before) to rachel@expandance.com or on CashApp $ expandance
OR on the day in cash
*NO PAYPAL DAY OF*

Every time someone pays $20, $5 goes into our scholarship pot.

PARKING: There is free on street parking a block away, and Safeway parking lot is two blocks away

WHAT TO WEAR: Workout clothes / yoga clothes / sweat pants and sneakers - not jeans! Bring water and something to tie long hair back if you like

INTROVERTS: Scared of showing up to something where there are a bunch of people? ME TOO! That's right, your teacher is an introvert and totally gets it, which is why I aim to create a welcoming environment for everyone. I or my door person will personally welcome you, show you where you can put your stuff, and where the bathroom is, and answer any questions you may have in the moment.

HELP I AM A BEGINNER: No problemo, this class is open to beginners! It's a mixed level class; just come ready to sweat a bit :-)

CAN MY KIDS COME? Everyone over 18 is welcome

WHO ARE YOU? I'm Rachel, and I've been working as a dance artist for almost 20 years. I'm trained in classical, jazz and modern dance as well as others. I work professionally as a choreographer and dance teacher and have taught and performed around the world. I'm originally from Ireland, where I was awarded National Dance Awards for choreography and Artistic Development Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. I currently live in Northern California. Danceypants is the absolute funnest class I teach, and I hope you'll join me for it.