transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project
transcenDANCE’s mission is to guide youth in underserved San Diego communities to transcend barriers, expand their ambitions, and create positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities through dance and performance.
Our Program Framework: transcenDANCE programs provide development opportunities for youth in underserved San Diego communities through a unique three-tiered program model: Connect, Create, Contribute
transcenDANCE CONNECTS with youth in many ways, and also connects youth to their bodies, minds, spirits, and their communities.
CREATE is our flagship program. It is where we get to do our deepest work with 20 – 25 teens selected every year through an audition process.
Through CONTRIBUTE, transcenDANCE is a catalyst for student and community transformation.
Programs provide an outlet for self-expression that promotes creative problem-solving as an alternative to the violence and conflict ever present in our students’ daily lives. A primary need addressed by the transcenDANCE Youth Project is to provide a safe, creative and supportive space during the “at risk” hours when youth are out of school and have no adult supervision at home. Many transcenDANCE students return as alumni to take on leadership roles within the performance group as paid choreographers, teaching artists, and volunteers. They become the role models and mentors who inspire and motivate incoming students.