The Sarasota location was the second to open nationally. Sandi Cauley, the current Director of Dance Trance Richmond started her first class at this location. Melanie Morrow became the Sarasota Director after Sandi moved out of state. She has grown this location to now include three jamming locations that are packed daily with students that can’t get enough of this class! If you are looking for a new and exciting workout you have found it! Dance Trance was created in 1986 by Jay & Beth Handline. Presently, Dance Trance locations are rapidly popping up around the globe via our Dance Trance License and Certification program. Jay & Beth presently teach Dance Trance classes at the Jacksonville, Florida location. Their program is unique because all studios share and maintain the same choreography. This keeps the music and combinations fresh and alive at each studio. At all locations each class is packed and full of energy because of the variety and music selection this tight network offers. We appreciate your interest in our unique program, and we hope you enjoy your experience in Sarastoa!
Dance Trance Downtown
YMCA-Babe Weiler Branch
1991 Main St. #200
Sarasota, FL 34236
Director: Melanie Morrow
Other Locations in Sarasota:
Dance Trance Midtown
Frank G. Berlin, Jr YMCA
1075 South Euclid Ave
Sarasota, FL 34237
Director: Joey Panek
Dance Trance South
Evalyn Sadlier Jones (ESJ) YMCA
8301 Potter Park Dr
Sarasota, FL 34238
Director: Melanie Morrow
Call for information. Varies according to location.
New Class Schedule:
|Monday||10:15 a.m.||Berlin YMCA|
|Monday||5:30 p.m.||ESJ YMCA|
|Tuesday||9:00 a.m.||ESJ YMCA|
|Tuesday||6:30 p.m.||Babe Weiller YMCA|
|Wednesday||6:30 p.m.||Babe Weiller YMCA|
|Thursday||11:30 a.m.||ESJ YMCA|
|Thursday||12:30 p.m.||ESJ YMCA (Instructional)|
|Thursday||5:30 p.m.||ESJ YMCA|
|Friday||10:15 a.m.||Berlin YMCA|
|Saturday||10:00 a.m.||Babe Weiller YMCA (Instructional)|
|Saturday||11:00 a.m.||Babe Weiller YMCA|
|Sunday||10:30 a.m.||Berlin YMCA (Instructional)|
|Sunday||11:30 a.m.||Berlin YMCA|
Melanie Morrow ~ Director of Dance Trance Downtown & Dance Trance South
Melanie began her dance career in her hometown of Burlington, Vermont at the age of 4. Instructors at the Movement Center taught Melanie Jazz, Modern Dance, Tap and Ballet. As both she and her dance experience grew, Melanie began teaching younger students and participating in traveling dance productions at nearby schools. Around age 13, Melanie traded in her dance shoes for cleats and took to the soccer fields. But after moving to Sarasota in 1994, Melanie again found herself looking for something with a beat. It took one Dance Trance class and Mel was hooked, “It is what I was looking for, it is up to date, fun and challenging and I jumped at the chance to help teach.” Melanie is now running the Dance Trance program in Sarasota.
Joey Panek – Director Dance Trance Midtown
Joey Panek started dancing as a “chubby eight-year old” and hasn’t stopped. Growing up in Syracuse, NY, he was active in local community theater most of his childhood and teen years, beginning with tap dancing lessons. He moved to NYC at the age of 19 and began working as a professional stage actor, touring the country in national tours and performing in regional theaters in such shows as A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, 42nd Street, The Full Monty, Evita, Little Shop of Horrors and many others. He toured Italy dancing in a production of West Side Story. While working at a theater in Sarasota, Joey tried his first Dance Trance class and was quickly hooked. “I started with a Breakdown class and then couldn’t wait for the next one. I loved going to the regular DT classes and challenging myself to pick up the routines on-the-fly. It was great practice for dance auditions!” Joey remained an enthusiastic student in Sarasota for two years, before accepting a theater job in Jacksonville. After taking class with Jay & Beth for six months, Joey purchased his franchise license and became the first traveling DT franchise. “I taught in every city I worked in. Whenever I’d take a theater job, I’d find a gym or dance studio and set up class!” In Spring of 2010, Joey made Sarasota his home and, with the help of Director Melanie Morrow, brought Dance Trance into an additional YMCA location. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I love teaching this class. It keeps my mind and my body healthy. And I love the way this program helps forge friendships. Our students don’t just take class together… they enjoy each other’s company.”
Leigh has been involved with Dance Trance since 2006 and has been in love with it since her very first class. Growing up dancing and cheering in her home state of Kentucky, she truly missed choreographed dance since graduating from college. She immediately discovered that Dance Trance would fill that void and would be an essential part of her life from then on. She became an instructor the following year and loves leading a class full of fun, energetic, and passionate people who love to dance. After spending her day working in the food service equipment field, a DT class is the perfect way for her to “dance it out” and relieve stress at the end of the day. In addition to Dance Trance, Leigh also loves to attend sporting events and concerts, spend time with her family, and raise funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation.
Amy started taking ballet lessons at the age of four. She continued to take jazz and tap classes through junior high school. For four years, Amy was on the Crimsonette dance team at Santa Fe Catholic High School and choreographed most of the routines. She was the first to be voted best dancer all four years. In college, Amy was a member of the Auburn University Tiger Pause dance team. She danced half time shows, pep rallies, and for the troops at Fort Benning. Though she loved being a part of the dance team, she hung up her dancing shoes once she was accepted into pharmacy school. Sixteen years later after graduate school, residency, getting married, and having two children, she stumbled upon Dance Trance. After her first class, she was hooked! Dance Trance has helped recapture her joy of dancing. Amy can’t imagine being without it.
Candace attended her first Dance Trance class in 2006 based on a friend’s recommendation, and she was immediately hooked. She got chills several times during that first class because she knew she’d found what she’d been searching for…an outlet for her love of dance. She started taking nearly every DT class offered in Sarasota, and later, began taking lessons in ballet, jazz and hip-hop. She says, “Dance Trance has changed my life! Not only am I in better physical shape than I’ve ever been, but the dancer in me has been awakened and I know now that dance will be a part of my life forever. I’m so excited to be an instructor! I hope that by doing this, I can share with others the incredible joy that Dance Trance, and dance in general, have brought to my life. I would also like to encourage even those with no dance experience to try this class. It’s never too late to try something new!”
After many years devoted to dance, fitness, and teaching (usually independently of each other), Courtney says it is an honor, a privilege, and an absolute thrill to be working in a program that combines all three so beautifully! She happened upon Dance Trance in 2007 while looking for something new and fresh; it was love at first step. Prior to becoming an instructor, she would often help students build confidence with the program by showing tricky combinations and steps in between songs. Outside of class she is an artists with her own studio and aids with a local high school art department as well as an avid martial arts student.