Arts, Culture, and Humanities

TRANSCENDANCE YOUTH ARTS PROJECT

  • National City, CA
  • www.tdarts.org

Mission Statement

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 communities, through dance and performance.

transcenDANCE programs provide development opportunities for youth in underserved San Diego communities through a unique three-tiered program model: Connect, Create, Contribute

CONNECT: transcenDANCE connects to youth and communities through school outreach, artist residencies, and summer and school break camps. The creative process connects our dancers to their bodies, minds, and spirits, as well as to their peers, alumni, and staff. transcenDANCE also connects community and corporate partners to their personal growth and social change curriculum through one-day workshops, residencies, and intensives.

CREATE: Create is transcendency's flagship program, in which 20-25 teens are chosen annually through an audition process. Selected youth explore dance and the performing arts through technical training and choreography that culminates in a performance in a professional venue and open to the public. Dynamic choreography is accompanied by live music, spoken word, professional media and video content. In preparation for the performance, dancers attend Saturday workshops, a retreat, and the summer intensive, where they learn about social change, build trustful relationships with adults and peers, receive therapeutic services, and are encouraged to expand their ambitions. Staff and alumni provide mentoring and help dancers build confidence and create motivation to go beyond the limits they experience in their lives. transcenDANCE also creates employment by bringing back alumni as paid teaching artists and choreographers.

CONTRIBUTE: transcenDANCE has always been a catalyst for student and community transformation. Students' transformative experiences develop their leadership, resilience, and confidence to make a positive contribution to the San Diego region and the communities they live in. transcenDANCE is committed to providing students with the ability to break barriers, become positive role models, and contribute to social change. 11 years of experience in creating exemplary youth development experiences allows us to be an advocate for expressive arts education and to contribute to the emerging field of Creative Youth Development.

Main Programs

  1. CONNECT
  2. CREATE
  3. CONTRIBUTE
Service Areas

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California

Our dance studio is located in the National City area of San Diego (91950). The space is shared with ARTS - A Reason to Survive.
transcenDANCE focuses on serving youth located in City Heights, Central San Diego, and in National City.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2005

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Catherine Corral

Keywords

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dance youth performance leadership community

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EIN

20-4641700

 Number

4194132062

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Dance (A62)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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We are proud to be a finalist for the 2011 National Youth Arts & Humanities Program in the country. We are one of fifty recognized for our holistic approach to serving youth through the performing arts. transcenDANCE received the 2012 Local Peacemakers Award from the National Conflict Resolution Center. Most recently we have been selected to present work in the UCSD Art Power 2013 International Wonderland Dance Festival. Year after year, our original dance theatre performances reaches thousands of audience members. Our last production toured for over 10,000 audience members in San Diego.

Programs

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Program 1

CONNECT

There are many ways transcenDANCE we connect:
1. trancenDANCE connects to youth and communities through school outreach, artist residencies, as well as summer and school break camps.
2. The creative process at transcenDANCE connects our dancers to their bodies, minds and spirits.
3. transcenDANCE also connects our dancers to their peers, our alumni and our staff. Each year, we co-create not only a performance, but an authentic, supportive community.
4. We have created many strong community partnerships in the past and will actively seek to connect and collaborate with governmental agencies and other youth-development focused not-for-profits to work on youth development, community and social change initiatives.
5. We connect our community and corporate partners to our personal growth and social change curriculum through one-day workshops, short- and long-term residencies, and week-long intensives.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

CREATE

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.

1. In our CREATE program, our youth explore dance and the performing arts through technical training and choreography, that culminates in an annual professional performance that is produced in a professional venue and is open to the public. Dynamic choreography is accompanied by live music, spoken word, professional media and video content.

2. At Saturday workshops, at our three-day spring retreat, and over the course of the summer intensive (30 hours a week), our dancers learn about social change, build trustful relationships with adults and peers, receive therapeutic services, and are encouraged to expand their ambitions. Many of our students create performances, a supportive community, and change with us for all 4 years they are in high school.

3. Through the mentoring our staff, artists, and alumni provide, our dancers develop their competence (as a dancer, as a team player and community builder) which builds their confidence and creates motivation to go beyond the limits they experience in their lives.

4. We also create employment by bringing back our alumni as paid teaching artists, performers and choreographers, as leadership team members, and other roles that support our annual performance and artist in residency programs. Currently, five transcenDANCE alumni are participating in our year-long 2017 residency at the San Diego International Airport.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

CONTRIBUTE

transcenDANCE has always been a catalyst for student and community transformation:
1. Our students’ transformative experiences develop their leadership, resilience, and confidence to make a positive contribution to the San Diego region and/or the communities they live in.
2. Our students’ ability to break barriers and to become positive role models continues to expand tD’s commitment and contribution to social change in the neighborhoods we serve.
3. transcenDANCE alumni contribute to tD through paid teaching artist, teaching assistant, and choreography opportunities; performance opportunities; residencies with various community partners; mentoring; as well as Advisory Board leadership roles.
4. Our founder, Catherine Corral, has been a pioneer, a trailblazer in Creative Youth Development. Our 11 years of experience in creating exemplary youth development experiences allows us to be an advocate for expressive arts education and to contribute to the emerging field of Creative Youth Development.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$15,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our dance studio is located in the National City area of San Diego (91950). The space is shared with ARTS - A Reason to Survive.
transcenDANCE focuses on serving youth located in City Heights, Central San Diego, and in National City.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Catherine Corral

BIO

Pioneer and trailblazer in Creative Youth Development. In 2005, co-founded transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. Cat has 20+ years experience in arts education and youth development.

BA - UC Santa Barbara 1997
Certificate Expressive Arts Therapy - UC San Diego 2003
San Diego's Top 35 Under 35 Community Leaders - San Diego News Network 2010

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"A primary need addressed by transcendence 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. transcenDANCE offers an engaging alternative to youth delinquency that typically occurs during these unsupervised hours. Programs provide an outlet for self-expresssion that promotes creative problem-solving as an alternative to the violence and conflict ever present in our students' daily lives.

transcenDANCE also addresses acknowledged physical, educational, and emotional needs of the communities we serve. The organization provides daily exercise through dance techniques and choreography classes and promotes healthy eating habits by providing wholesome lunches, snacks, and wellness workshops.

transcenDANCE students work with consultants who provide educational support, life coaching, and group and individual therapeutic services. Staff members are trained to recognize any at-risk behavior or concerns among our dancers and provide referrals to community resources, as needed.

What is unique to our model and distinguishes us from other youth dance and performance programs is our holistic model. We look at the whole child and use community-building and leadership training to support our youth reaching their highest potential. Our students bring personal and community stories to their art-making process which makes for powerful and emotionally charged dance theatre performances.

Each year, a relevant social change theme is selected for our "Create" program and performance. In 2017, transcenDANCE is exploring the themes and layers of racial equality as a direct response to a highly publicized act of violence in San Diego last summer - a shooting - that personally touched one of our graduate student dancers an alarmed the entire community. This spring as many of our students' express fear and uncertainty in the face of an uptick in deportations, this theme becomes even more personal.

Curriculum, choreography, and program activities will be centered on this theme to educate and empower students to develop critical thinking skills and artistically respond to complex social issues, in this case, racial inequality. The students' culminating performance along with smaller outreach performances through our Performing Arts Residency at the San Diego International Airport will bring our students' understanding of these issues to a wider community audience.

Themes in previous years have focused on blame & shame, collaboration (From Me to We), gratitude, change, conflict resolution, and resilience.
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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patricia Zigarmi

The Ken Blanchard Companies

Term: Nov 2014 - Nov

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