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.  Youth are selected through auditions to become a part of the transcenDANCE Performance Group where they explore dance and the performing arts through technical training and choreography.  The Performance Group works daily in the National City studio throughout the summer months in collaboration with professional dance instructors, choreographers, teaching artists, transcenDANCE graduates and staff.  This intensive program culminates in an annual performance, produced in a professional venue and open to the public. Dynamic choreography is accompanied by live music, spoken word, professional media and video content.

At workshops, our three-day spring retreat, and through 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.  Throughout their time with us, our students create performances, a supportive community, and change.






Through their mentoring and strong belief in Creative Youth Development our staff, artists, and alumni provide our students assistance in developing competence as dancers, team players, and community builders; which builds confidence and creates motivation to go beyond the limits they experience in their lives.

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

Past CREATE themes and performances:

2017: United We Move
2016: 10 x Change
2015: Me to We
2014: Because… I’m Still Becoming
2012: Peace of Courage
2011: Exit In