DIRECTOR: Mary Hencher
Welcome to the other side of fitness! 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. In 2011 we decided to move out of the gym into our own studio location. Please join us on the dance floor!
Mary Hencher – Director
Mary has been addicted to Dance Trance since January 2006 when she took a DT Intro class just to see what it was like. She immediately knew it was right for her and fell in love with the funky music and awesome choreography. Mary took dance classes since the age of 5 and up through high school. Dance Trance has brought back those old memories and good times. Mary is presently working as a Clinical Pharmacist. She says “DT has been the best workout and stress reliever ever!” Mary is looking forward to leading classes and is excited about her future with Dance Trance Gainesville.
Natalie moved from northern Virginia to Gainesville in 2006 to get her master’s in occupational therapy at UF. She started dancing at age 3, was on a dance team in high school and college, and found DT at Orion Fitness just when she was about to give up on finding some kind of fun way to keep dancing – she has been totally hooked ever since! Although she loves all of the creative choreography, her heart will always be with hip hop. Now working as an occupational therapist in adult physical rehabilitation, she absolutely loves having Dance Trance in her life to keep in shape, forget about the stress of the day, hang out with amazing people, and just dance!
Erica grew up near Daytona Beach and moved to Gainesville to go to school at UF. She got her master’s degree in early childhood education and now works as a Kindergarten teacher. She has been dancing on and off ever since she was a little girl and was on the dance team in high school as well as in a dance company while at UF. Upon graduating Erica was looking for a way to be able to continue dancing and she has found it through dance trance.
Toni grew up in a military family and moved around state to state all through high school. After attending college at UF, she decided to stay in the great city of Gainesville. She was invited to try out Dance Trance by a friend back in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. She currently works as a professional engineer and enjoys having Dance Trance to help de-stress and get a great workout. Toni is proof that you do not need to have a background in dancing to enjoy everything that Dance Trance has to offer!
Jennifer studied ballet for 15 years, including through her undergraduate college years. However, due to a busy schedule including graduate school, getting tenure, and raising two children, she stopped dancing. It wasn’t until her late forties that she resumed exercising. And, she quickly discovered that Dance Trance was the absolute best for dance exercise! The music and choreography are so varied – it is a great mind-body workout. Jennifer is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida and can’t wait to get to Dance Trance after the end of each work day. Dance Trance has reinvigorated her love of dancing!
In July 2012 we lost a great instructor, Shannon Eaton. She will forever be in our hearts.