Catherine Corral co-founded transcenDANCE in 2005 with a vision to combine dance theatre and performance with community building, youth leadership, and social change in San Diego. Cat has served as Executive/Artistic Director since 2005 and has co-directed ten original dance theatre productions with transcenDANCE to date. In 2010, she was named one of the top 35 under 35 Community Leaders of San Diego by the San Diego News Network.
Cat received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a professional certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from UC San Diego. In 2014, Cat completed the Mastery of Life Yoga training with Deep Yoga and has integrated mindfulness practices into the transcenDANCE curriculum.
Prior to transcenDANCE, Cat worked in the social service field and as a dance educator and teaching artist mentor with San Diego City Schools for ten years. She has been inspired by her collective experiences in movement education and healing practices in places such as the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, Creative Dance Center in Seattle, WA, Urban Bush Women Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and Projeto Axe and Centro De Referencia Integral De Adolescentes, in Bahia, Brazil, and the Tamalpa Institute in Marin, CA.
As transcenDANCE evolves and the national movement for Creative Youth Development gains momentum, she looks forward to fusing the expressive arts with personal and social change work for youth in innovative ways.