Birmingham Dance Trance operates out of the Rock Your Body Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Dance Trance Birmingham was originally begun by Jay and Beth Handline. When Jay and Beth decided to make the move to Jacksonville, Florida, Dance Trance Birmingham was taken over by Carla Higginbotham, Erin Mooney, Krista Niedermeier, and Melissa Dameron-Vines. These 4 ladies have moved DT-Bham out of the local fitness centers and into its very own exciting, funky studio. DT-Bham offers morning and night classes, breakdown classes, specialty classes, and a ballet class with an edge – Rock Your Core.
DT Birmingham is part of the unique program of Dance Trance and maintains the same exciting and fresh choreography of the Dance Trance experience. The music and combinations of the program keeps members pumped up and full of energy. Classes are packed and it is something that you will not experience in the average fitness class.
DT Birmingham is located at 3412B Lorna Lane in Hoover, Alabama. For those that live in the Birmingham area, or those that are visiting this area, please check us out! It is an experience you will not forget.
Rock Your Body Studio
3412-B Lorna Lane
Hoover, Alabama 35216
Current Class Schedule:
Dance Trance Birmingham Class Descriptions
Dance Trance High Cardio (Inter – Adv) -
Dance Trance is a loud, high-energy dance experience that leaves you soaking wet! DT is a fast paced workout without choreography instruction and/or break down. This is your cardio JAM class! All levels are welcome!
Dance Trance Break Down (Beg- Inter) –
In this class, we do the same routines seen in regular DT, but it is a slower version of it. We will only do 2-4 routines. We’ll do each routine with the music, then we stop & talk about each combination, then we do it with the music again. You will work up a sweat in this class, but it is intended to be more instructional. We encourage new members to try this class first, but LOTS of our regulars come to DTBD and DT. Also NOTE…all NEW material is presented in DTBD a week before it is introduced in the DT classes. Pay per class and DTBD monthly packages are available.
DT Rewind (Beg- Inter) is Break Down style class that meets on the first Sunday of every month, & it is another chance to see all the DTBD routines from the month before. This is a great chance for those that can’t take DTBD during the week to get “caught up.”
(*DTBD, DT & DT Rewind are NOT included in the regular DT membership, but can be added as a combo.)
*First Class at Rock Your Body Studio is FREE!
Gift Certificates: Dance Trance Birmingham offers various fitness & dance programs to meet the needs of our students. If you are looking to purchase a program package as a gift, please call us at 205-821-4475 or Click Here to buy a gift certificate online. All gift certificates are same as cash and can be used towards any studio purchase.
$75 – 1 Month Unlimited DT
$190 – 3 Months Unlimited DT
$380 – 6 Months Unlimited DT
DT Unlimited includes all Dance Trance, Rush Hour, & Rock Your Core classes – at least 11 classes each week..that’s at least 44 per month!!)
Dance Trance Break Down:
$50 – 1 Month DTBD only (at least 9 classes per month)
*Includes DT, Rush Hour, Rock Your Core, & DTBD
$99 – 1 Month All-Access Pass ($26 savings)
$260 – 3 Month All-Access Pass ($37 savings)
$510 – 6 Month All-Access Pass ($84 savings)
*Monthly Membership Packages may be purchased at the studio or online. NOTE…you can save 5% off the above rates when buying online! It’s our way of helping you save time & money!!
Click Here to Purchase Membership Packages Online
Per Class (Drop-in) Rates:
10 classes for $100 – Good for 3 months
Student Memberships: (must have high school or college ID)
$60 – 1 Month Unlimited DT
$40 – 1 Month DTBD only
*One-Time Only $15 registration fee the first time a membership package is purchased.
*Cash, checks, Visa, & Mastercard accepted.
*Childcare provided for every class with fee.
E-Mail us at Carla@dancetrancefitness.com for further info!
Carla Higginbotham Director
Carla has always been active; enjoying running and swimming. She took dance classes throughout college and assumed that that part of her life was over after graduation.She forced herself to suffer through hi/lo aerobics classes, watching the clock the entire time. Then Carla attended a new “hip hop” class being taught by Jay Handline, and her life was changed forever. That was in 1992. She began teaching the Dance Trance classes with Jay soon after that and became Director of Dance Trance Birmingham in 1999. She often attends “master classes” in New York and Florida and has attended the last two “Groove Tours” (sponsored by Dance Trance Culture Shock Atlanta), and taught to students on the 2004 cruise. Carla enjoys all dance styles and music, but prefers hip hop/street dance because it allows you to become very expressive with your movement – basically, anything goes.”Dance Trance is special because it offers something for everyone – hip hop, jazz, Latin, rock – we do it all! Our goal in Dance Trance is to show the latest in choreography, use the coolest music around, encourage all fitness dance levels, and provide a high energy workout.” For Carla Dance Trance is her escape – we call it “dance therapy”, and it truly is a release for mind, body, and soul.
Melissa Dameron-Vines Melissa Dameron-Vines has been involved with Dance Trance since 1993 when she took a Dance Trance Master Class at the Jewish Community Center in Birmingham, AL. Since she was a member of her high school’s dance line, she felt right at home with the choreography and the music. She was one of four substitute instructors for Dance Trance until Jay moved the home base studio to Jacksonville, FL in 1998. For the next five years she and the other teachers shared the Birmingham class and it is still going strong. In August of 2004, Melissa and her husband, Adam, moved to Gainesville, FL so he could attend UF. Because of Melissa, DT Gainesville is up and running. While Melissa prefers the dance and Latin pieces, she enjoys the variety offered in DT and often choreographs routines and hip hop add-on material. She plans to make DT Gainesville the hottest class in town.
Krista has been involved with Dance Trance since 1993, and became an instructor in 1996. She loves the high-energy routines that allow you to let yourself go as well as hip hop and other styles that let you experiment with different types of music. Dance Trance helps her to release creativeness and helps her to (during class time) not worry about all of her many responsibilities. Dance Trance helps Krista to have fun and exercise at the same time. Although she has always been involved with sports and exercise — water skiing, softball and volleyball, Dance Trance lets Krista have fun and exercise while forgetting about life’s challenges for a little while.
Erin has been involved with Dance Trance since 2001. From the moment she attended her first class, she knew Dance Trance was a part of her life that was missing. Dance Trance is now a huge part of Erin’s life. Dance Trance has kept her in great shape for the last four years. She has always been very active with sports, dance, and exercise, but never before Dance Trance found something she was completely dedicated to and forever indebted to. Dance Trance has brought to Erin beautiful friendships, creativity, expression of true emotion, release of daily tensions, a great overall workout, and a time to capture her inner peace. She is truly honored to have been asked to be a Dance Trance instructor. Her hope is to “give to others what my instructors have given to me, a deep passion for dance.”