The DanceSpace - Class Descriptions and Instructor Bios

These classes and events are year-round or throughout the school year.
Ashland Country Dancers - English and Scottish Country Dance

Ashland Children's Theatre
Nia with Rachael Resch
Modern Dance with Liz Finnegan

Ashland Country Dancers - English and Scottish Country DanceAshland Country Dancers

Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm (year round)
Instructors Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett
From lyrical to boisterous, silly to sublime, written dance descriptions for English country dance were first published in 1651. Discover the dances of Shakespeare's and Jane Austen's times as well as newly composed dances. Experience the strength and elegance of Scottish strathspeys and the high energy and sense of flight of the jigs and reels.
No partner or experience necessary. $4.


Ashland Children’s Theatre offers a variety of classes and performances for children ages 4 through 17. Our classes explore everything from Improv to Shakespeare’s , to productions of classics and original works, presenting children with the enriching experience of utilizing their imaginations and working together on expressive techniques. We offer after-school programs, on-site classes and summer camps.
Co-Directors, Eve Smyth and Kate Sullivan
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Nia with Rachael R. ReschNiaNia
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 9:30-10:45 am (year round)
Wednesdays 5:30-6:45 pm (year round)
Rachael Resch, MS PT/LMT, is a certified Nia Black Belt instructor, Nia Next Generation Trainer, and holistic physical therapist. Her practice is devotion to the sacred body for healing, fitness, play and prayer. Rachael holds degrees in science, religion and dance, and since 1978 has studied with leading teachers in mythopoetics, somatics, energetics and the arts.

New students: Two weeks free
Drop-in: $10
Class cards - Good for four weeks from date of purchase
4 class card:  $36
8 class card:  $64
12 class card:  $84
Private Nia sessions available

The Nia Technique is a joyful, dynamic, sensory-based movement practice that blends dance, martial arts and healing arts. Since 1983, Nia has been empowering people of all shapes, sizes and abilities around the world to transform their bodies and their lives. We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life – by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. Come dance, laugh, kick, shake, stretch and play with us! For more info: Nia in Southern Oregon - Nia worldwide -
For more information email or visit her website at


Intermediate Modern Dance with Liz Finnegan
Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm (ongoing class, walk-ins welcome)

Liz Finnegan has a BFA in Modern Dance as well as training in Ballet and Jazz. Her class is designed for the seasoned dancer, with a performance background, who may want a weekly class to stay in shape, learn new choreography, and meet other dancers.
For more information call 541-488-3443


TransformOtion with Michael Garber
Fridays 5:30-7:00 pm (ongoing all levels dance class, walk-ins welcome)
TransformOtion is a system of developing all levels of one's being. We address the physical, mental, emotional, and engergetic bodies, activating and integration all aspects of a person. This creates a deep feeling of wholeness, richness, and radiant self-empowerment.

The dance class structure is improvisation-based and empowers the dancers to explore their range of power and complexity. TransformOtion methodology intelligently fuses European and contemporary dance technique, energy healing from Hindu tradition and traditional Chinese medicine, visualization, breathwork, and more.

Michael Garber has been teaching, performing, and choreographing professionally, nationally and internationally, for over a decade. He has taught in universities and academies in the US and abroad. He worked and studied as a dancer for five years in NYC and attended the University of Utah for modern dance. Michael is a certified Reiki master, quantam healing hypnotist, and yoga instructor. His life's work is supported by his desire to empower people in their path of awakening and his passion to DANCE!

For more information call 801-803-0151 or go to