Rachel Wynne is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, improvisor and performer, new to the west coast, having spent much of the last decade training and teaching in New York City. She holds a Joint BA Hons in Contemporary Dance and Theatre from De Montfort University, UK, and has further training from DNA (formerly Dance Space Center), NYC; Tanz Atelier Wein, Austria; Magnet Theater, NYC; among others. Rachel started choreographing professionally at the age of 18 with a bursary commission from the Irish Arts Council for Dublin Youth Dance Company. She went to on choreograph for the Irish National Youth Dance Company (winning awards for them at the Irish National Dance Awards), later choreographing for arts festivals and film makers in Ireland. She is also the recipient of a €4k Arts Council Professional Development award and individual Irish National Dance Award for her solo choreography. To date, she has taught and performed in Ireland, the UK, Austria, Belgium, India, Costa Rica and the States and produced three short dance films, shown at film festivals in the UK and Ireland. She has trained in ballet (RAD, 15 years), modern and contemporary forms, capoeira, fencing and clowning, et al.
She founded expandance, her dance theatre company at the Irish Choreographer’s New Works Platform in Ireland in 2006, together with long-time collaborator Laurie Schneider and U.S. dancer Alicia Christofi-Walshe. Between 2006 and 2012 expandance performed choreographed and improvised works in Ireland at Dance House, Riverbank Arts Centre, The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Dance Theatre of Ireland, The Project Theatre, The Lab, Block T, The Back Loft and The Backstage Theatre. In New York we presented work at Webster Hall, The World Financial Center Winter Garden stage, Movement Research at Dance Theater Workshop, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Galapagos Arts, and Bushwick Starr among others. In 2007 we were awarded€21.5k from the Arts Council of Ireland to support our practice and the development of the company. In 2011 we were awarded €1k by Wicklow Arts Council to develop a new piece and take on two new dancers in Ireland, and €3.6k from Culture Ireland to bring that work to Boston and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC) in January 2012. During that period we ran two dance studios: in Dublin city and rural Wicklow, Ireland, from which we would choreograph, rehearse, run workshops for professional dancers, and develop and teach classes open to the public in Pilates, yoga, and modern dance for teens, adults and seniors, while continuing to teach the expandance technique in New York City. expandance were fiscally sponsored by The Field, a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit organization in New York City. The company is currently on hiatus while Rachel gets acquainted with Northern California.