Welcome to the other side of fitness, Dance Trance! If you are looking for a new and exciting workout you have found it! Dance Trance was created in 1986 by Jay & Beth Handline, and is now spreading across the globe through the Dance Trance License program. The program was introduced to North Carolina here in Winston Salem in 2010 through Stephanie Kohn, a previous instructor trained by Jay & Beth Handline. She quickly grew the classes and trained additional instructors (see bios below). Melissa O’Buch is the current Director of DTWS and is excited to continue to bring the dance party to North Carolina!
Dance Trance is a dance fitness class that incorporates funk, Latin, jazz, and hip hop choreographed to all your favorite music! The DT choreography is created in a manner that allows students to pick up combinations as they learn. You will get to see and practice the routines in every class. You can follow this class without knowing a single step! The key to Dance Trance is repetition, so the more you come in to any class, the better your execution and your workout!
Visit DT three times for free before becoming a YMCA member! To sign up for the Dance Trance Winston-Salem e-mail list, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com
William G. White, Jr. YMCA
775 West End Blvd.
Winston Salem, NC.
Melissa O’Buch (Director)
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Please check our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DTWinstonSalem and the YMCA schedule for monthly schedule, http://ymcanwnc.org/locations/williamgwhite/schedules/.
Sunday 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Dance Trance
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:00 PM – DT Breakdown (new song introduced and reviewed for two weeks)
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Dance Trance
Thursday 4:30 – 5:30 PM – Dance Trance
Friday 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Dance Trance
Saturday 10:05 – 11:00 AM Breakdown
(check facebook or online YMCA schedule for dates – only once per month)
New to Dance Trance? The DT choreography is created in a manner that allows students to pick up combinations as they learn. There are no tricked up combinations that are difficult to follow. No add-on choreography that makes it impossible to learn. You will get to see and practice the routines in every class. You can follow this class without knowing a single step! The key to Dance Trance is repetition, so the more you come in to any class, the better your execution and your workout!
For membership rates: http://central.ymcanwnc.org.
Can I drop in as a guest? The YMCA allows new guest with no membership to visit up to three times for free (allow extra time before class to complete paperwork).
Break Down (DTBD) - This is the perfect class for new Dance Trance students to learn the DT choreography. Advanced students also love this class because they have the opportunity to talk about routines and learn more intricate movements. Break Down (DTBD) is a workout class where each routine is reviewed and “broken down.” Typically there are 2-3 songs introduced, reviewed and repeated per class. Learning the moves will help you execute and dance stronger and with confidence = more calories burned!
Dance Trance (DT) – Dance Trance is a dance fitness class that requires no dance experience. This is a high energy, great cardio workout that incorporates funk, house, rock Latin, Jazz, hip-hop and other types of rhythm movements to the beats of music from all genres. This is your jam class and does not include much instruction on specific moves. You simply follow along with the instructor.
What do I wear? Students wear dance pants, tees, and anything they feel comfortable dancing in. Gym or aerobic shoes are required for this class. The smoother the sole, the better for turning purposes, but you also need shoes that aren’t too slick in order to have some traction. Running shoes are not recommended for this class due to the heavy side movement and turning. Our favorites include the Reebok Zig series and the Nike Free series, but there are several other great shoes out there.
Melissa O’Buch, Director
Melissa was an avid dancer throughout childhood including jazz, tap, ballet, and high school dance team. Too many years sitting at a desk and two children later, she attended a Dance Trance class with a former high school dance team friend and was immediately hooked. She’ll tell you that “Dance Trance provided a thorough cardio workout, but also kept my ever wandering mind engaged, making the workout fun and something I wanted (rather than hated) to do!” Under Stephanie Kohn’s inspiring leadership, Melissa began going to every Dance Trance class offered, even altering her work schedule to make Thursday 4:30 classes. The positive changes both physically and mentally were overwhelming to her. When Stephanie announced she would be leaving, Melissa knew she couldn’t let Dance Trance leave with her and insisted on continuing to support the amazing community that Stephanie created. Dance Trance is much more than your average fitness class!
Jamie Forsey, Instructor
Jamie’s passion for dance began when she was four years old. After college, she never seemed to find an activity to fill her dance void. When a friend told Jamie about a new dance class being offered at the Y, she knew she had to check it out. All it took was one class, and she realized she had finally found her passion again. “Dance Trance is the perfect combination of cardio and dance and it never gets boring. The loud music, the challenging choreography, and the fabulous friends that surround you make Dance Trance the best workout in town.” Jamie has been involved with Dance Trance since 2011.
Anna Livingston, Instructor
Before joining the Dance Trance family, the only time you would find Anna dancing was at a wedding. But since trying her first class in February of 2012, there isn’t a day that goes by that she isn’t in a class or practicing in her living room. “The Dance Trance community has brought so much to my life. I look forward to letting go of my worries on the dance floor and seeing people who I genuinely care about all in one place. Stephanie used to say that Dance Trance provides you with an opportunity to express yourself artistically, which most adults don’t get to do very often. I couldn’t agree more. Dance is an outlet in so many different ways.” Come check out a class and join our community!