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 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.


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


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 or on CashApp $ expandance
OR on the day in cash

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.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Free expandance and sound healing workshop

Free event ❤️

***expandance and sound healing workshop***

Wednesday December 11th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Finley Center, Person Senior Wing, 2nd floor room 21
2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA

Sarah Jenness (Bala Healing Arts) and I are facilitating another expandance and sound healing workshop in conjunction with St. Joseph Health. This is a free workshop for those living with cancer, survivors, and their care givers. We had a truly beautiful and healing workshop last time. Feel free to share this with anyone who would be interested.

To register e-mail Sharon:

For the first hour we will be exploring our connection to our bodies through Rachel's gentle movement and meditation, and for the second hour we will relax in restorative poses while Sarah's singing bowls wash blissful sounds over us.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

Ballet barre tonight

Hi everyone, 

Elana has a cold so I'm subbing for her tonight

Ballet barre
$15 cash or check 
Sebastopol Ballet 
964 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Open level; some experience is helpful (even if it was a long time ago)

No ballet shoes necessary; socks are fine

See you there! I promise to use Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter for tandus. 



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Finley Class canceled owing to PG&E power shut off

Hi everyone, 

I just heard that because of the PG&E shut offs in the Bay Area, our class at the Finley Center tomorrow is canceled. I'm sorry, and I'll see you all soon.


Monday, October 7, 2019


Well, it's ''fall'' as they say here in the States, but it has been so hot it barely feels like it! Happy fall!

It's also my birthday month! And because I LOVE birthdays, I want to spread the birthday love and invite any of you who share my birthday month to come to Danceypants this month for just $5. YUP. Just show Sophia your ID at the door.

Wednesday October 16th 7pm-8pm 
At SoCo Aerial Collective studio (down the hall, in the back)
7231 Healdsburg Ave, Sebastopol, CA 
$15-$20 sliding scale 

Every time someone pays $20, we add $5 to the scholarship pot, to give a scholarship place to someone who needs a bit of help coming to class. We have a scholarship place to give away this month to someone who needs it - if you'd like it, please e-mail with the subject line ''Danceypants October Scholarship" and I'll pick a name at random before this weekend.

Please pay in advance if you can, it helps us greatly on the night getting everyone checked in! You can pay by PayPal to or Cash App $ expandance

Cash only on the door - No PayPal day of

Wear comfy clothes, and bring water.



This Wednesday October 9th I'm giving a 2 hour expandance workshop at Finley Center in Santa Rosa in conjunction with St. Joseph Health. This is a free workshop for those living with cancer, survivors, and their care givers. We had a truly beautiful and healing workshop last time. Feel free to share this with anyone who would be interested.

Wednesday October 9th
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Finley Center, Person Senior Wing, 2nd floor room 21
2060 W College Ave, Santa Rosa, CA