Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NYC May class schedule & special offer!



May class schedule is here!

Friday May 1st      6pm - 7:30pm      studio 17H
Friday May 15th      6pm - 7:30pm      studio 16E
Saturday May 23rd      6pm - 7:30pm      studio 17C


All classes are at Ripley Grier, 520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), New York
Closest subways are the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 34th Street.

Each class is $20 on the door (cash or credit) or $17 in advance here

SPECIAL OFFER For MAY ONLY!

Take all 3 classes this May for only $45 - saving you $5 per class, a total of $15 in savings! To avail of this offer, click here to pay. T&C: $45 must be received by midnight April 30th and is non-refundable  (as a whole or in part) in the event you miss class/es. 

After last week's class, dancer Olga wrote online: "What a great experience it was today to take my first class of expandance technique. If you're interested in researching within yourself for new 'places' to move your body, free of mental judgements and chaos I recommend to check it out. Thank you Rachel, definitely discovered new places in me today."

What to wear: Comfortable clothes you can move in - sweats, t-shirt, yoga pants etc. Nothing too baggy as baggy pants can be a tripping hazard! We move barefoot or in socks. There are water fountains and changing facilities at Ripley Grier studios. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Self-judge much? Come to class tomorrow!



Do you know - one of the reasons I created the expandance technique was because I was crippled by my own self-judgement every time I walked into a dance class. Even every time I danced on my own. I created it and developed it over years to be a technique that would help me (and YOU!) to find that peace, that lovely kid inside who dances with joy and abandon. And people LOVE this technique for this very reason. If you can not let your self-judgement win *long enough* to get you to class, you're on the right path smile emoticon See you tomorrow!

expandance is open to all, regardless of prior experience

Saturday April 18th 
5pm - 6.30pm
Ripley Grier studio 17C
520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th streets) New York City
Closest subways at Penn Station 
$20 on the door / $17 in advance here



Saturday, March 14, 2015

Upcoming classes New York City

Dear friends,

I'm so happy to share with you two upcoming drop-in expandance classes this month in New York City

Saturday March 21st 2015
5pm - 6.30pm

Saturday March 28th 2015
5pm - 6.30pm

GREAT for: 


* total beginners who want to move 
* musical improvisors / reg. improvisors
* more advanced dancers



 At Ripley Grier Studios
Midtown Manhattan

Special online advance rate: $17
or $20 on the door

To get $3 off pay here

RSVP (or simply pay online) to rachel@expandance.com 

This class is a mixture of easy-to-follow contemporary technique and mindful movement, all woven together with consciousness, love, and support. Open to beginners who are perhaps fearful of dancing and want to be more conscious of their bodies, get moving, and feel more confident, to musical improvisors who want to learn better spacial reasoning skills and rhythm, and to more advanced dancers who want to create a deeper dialogue with the body and learn how to heal and prevent injury. YAY!


I look forward to dancing with you!

Rachel 
rachel@expandance.com 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Photos from Costa Rica workshop

Well, it's only been a year (!) since our first expandance 4 day workshop in Costa Rica, and I'm getting on top of things by finally posting some photos :) Go, productivity!

We had a powerful, profound, beautiful, transformative and fun workshop at Johanna Harmala's incredible space near Lake Arenal. Delicious food, monkeys playing in the trees, swims in the river, hummingbirds, dance, play, art and music. Here are a few photos from the workshop.





"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, UK / NYC writer and Costa Rica workshop participant 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dance for musical improvisers

Are you on a musical improv team? Yay!

Are you a fabulous singer and an incredible improvisor … who secretly quakes at the thought of dancing on stage? Do you find yourself rooted to the spot for your spot songs and shutting down on your opening numbers? Did you see "Blank - The Musical" and think "I could do that… if only I could dance like that!"
Do you feel like a dunce dancer?

All is not lost my friend. 

It's going to be ok. 


I've been improvising movement on stage since the age of 12, and I'd like to share with you some of what I've learnt from studying improv, dance improv, choreography and direction in the 20 years since. 

Things like:

* Interpretation of musical style - what gift did your pianist just give you, that you can turn into movement?  

* How to bring details from your scene into your choreography

* Back line choreography

* Movement inspired by your location / the driving emotion of the scene etc

* Spot song / duet / trio choreography and spacial relationships

* Motifs - call back your moves!

* How to listen to your team mates on a whole new level - with your BODY! 

* Creating dynamic stage pictures

Stage picture, you guys. 


… AND how to do all this without having to think about it!

Let me help you elevate your musical improv.

Book a rehearsal with me today: rachel@expandance.com 

*** Currently I'm in NYC. I'm happy to travel to give workshops too - let's talk! ***









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,

2014


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!

Rachel 

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.

WICKED FROZEN
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