transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

San Diego, CA   |
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transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

EIN: 20-4641700


Our mission at transcenDANCE is to provide equitable access to dance and performance, and holistic wraparound services, for young people from marginalized communities. We support youth as they transcend barriers, recognize their own potential and power, and create positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities.  Our programs provide a safe outlet for self-expression that promotes social/emotional resilience and creative problem solving as alternatives to violence and conflict. Our holistic approach includes an expressive arts-based social change curriculum, therapeutic services, mentoring, and leadership training.

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Cofounder and Executive/Artistic Director

Catherine Corral

Main address

5700 El Cajon Blvd

San Diego, CA 92115 USA

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Subject area info


Performing arts education

Youth services

Youth mentoring

Youth organizing

Population served info




Young adults

At-risk youth

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NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Dance (A62)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A primary need identified by transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project is to provide a safe, creative, and supportive space during the "at risk" hours when youth are out of school and have no adult supervision at home. transcenDANCE offers an engaging alternative to youth disengagement that typically occurs during these unsupervised hours. Programs provide an outlet for self-expression that promotes creative problem solving as an alternative to the violence and conflict ever present in their daily lives. Over the course of our programs, youth form lasting bonds with their peers despite any preconceived racial, cultural, or socio-economic boundaries, which, in turn, promotes a more connected and resilient youth population in San Diego.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Through our year-round CONNECT program, we connect to the community via drop-in dance classes, artist-in-residency programs, and performance residencies in public spaces. We serve children ages 4 through 13 in on-site classes, and our CONNECT school residencies are showing great success at thirteen sites.

At the 8 schools in the Lemon Grove School District, plus Hoover High, Monarch School, Nativity Prep Academy, Jefferson Elementary, and the Linda Vista Rec Center, we serve approximately 1,285 students (preschool through high school). We also serve over 500 students in summer sessions with the Lemon Grove School District, through their on-campus summer program. Our successful involvement in the Parks After Dark summer park residencies in communities impacted by higher crime rates will be renewed for the next few summers.

In-studio classes offered through CONNECT include Creative Movement, Youth Dance, and Tween Hip-Hop, at our Lemon Grove Arts Center.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

Through CREATE, the heart of our programs, we offer three cohorts from October through May: youth (ages 9-10), juniors (11-13), teens (14-18). Students explore dance & performing arts through technical dance training & a social change/emotional resiliency curriculum that incorporates self-reflection, community-building, life & leadership skills training, & expressive arts education. CREATE culminates in an annual performance on a professional stage. We also provide intensive CREATE CAMP experiences during school breaks. Each CAMP has a culminating community sharing event at the Arts Center.

We measure the success of CREATE using data-driven student self-assessments (Holistic Student Assessment by Program in Education, After School, and Resiliency (PEAR)). We are happy to report that, per our most recent assessments, outcomes for our CREATE students met & exceeded expectations in Resiliencies, Emotional Control, Learning & School Engagement, & Relationships.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
At-risk youth

Our CONTRIBUTE program provides alumni with jobs at transcenDANCE as teaching artists, choreographers, and performers. We offer college and career coaching, mentoring, counseling services, and a newly established college scholarship fund. During Summer 2023, we will offer paid roles for eight alumni through a site-specific residency program.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work


Local Peacemaker's Award 2012

National Conflict Resolution Center

Torch Bearer Award 2012

World Harmony Run

Youth Program Awards Certificate of Excellence 2011

National Arts & Humanities Council

Featured Performer 2013

UCSD Art Power-Wonderland Dance Festival

Clare Rose Sabbatical Program 2018

Fieldstone Leadership Network

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project's aim is to accomplish the following:

• To use movement, dance, written and spoken word, and creative journaling work to explore one’s voice and authentic expression
• To give teens a rich experience with peer collaboration
• To give teens the opportunity to be reflective about self in the context of the world around them
• To give teens the opportunity to work with local professional and practicing artists
• To connect young people to foster a sense of belonging and reduce feelings of isolation as a young generation
• To break down barriers and preconceived ideas about others who come from different backgrounds and life circumstances
• To increase social emotional resiliency through the arts
• To have students see themselves as artists, leaders, community builders, and individuals capable of making a positive impact in the world

We hope that the disciplined and expressive art-making, social change curriculum, and therapeutic services youth engage in ignites their imaginations to what is possible, which in turn develops their grit and ingenuity --- characteristics needed to face life challenges. Our primary objectives are that students’ have a transformative experience through the three-tiered creative and holistic program that develops their leadership skills, social/emotional resilience and confidence to change the trajectories of their lives and positively impact their communities and create systematic change.

How we listen

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transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 1.07 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 4.9 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 12% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$40,470 $24,963 $277,754 $81,029 $109,223
As % of expenses -9.2% 6.1% 71.5% 13.7% 14.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$41,102 $24,331 $277,754 $68,001 $83,167
As % of expenses -9.3% 5.9% 71.5% 11.2% 10.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $447,568 $416,689 $711,965 $601,535 $970,321
Total revenue, % change over prior year 82.6% -6.9% 70.9% -15.5% 61.3%
Program services revenue 3.7% 1.9% 1.7% 10.0% 11.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 16.1% 31.1% 21.3% 24.6% 36.0%
All other grants and contributions 79.2% 66.4% 77.0% 65.3% 52.1%
Other revenue 0.8% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $440,833 $409,384 $388,517 $592,873 $749,297
Total expenses, % change over prior year 84.4% -7.1% -5.1% 52.6% 26.4%
Personnel 46.4% 55.7% 61.7% 52.7% 58.9%
Professional fees 12.1% 11.5% 9.3% 14.3% 15.6%
Occupancy 2.3% 3.4% 1.4% 7.5% 1.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 39.2% 29.4% 27.5% 25.6% 23.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $441,465 $410,016 $388,517 $605,901 $775,353
One month of savings $36,736 $34,115 $32,376 $49,406 $62,441
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $182,224 $72,606 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $478,201 $444,131 $603,117 $727,913 $837,794

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.4 3.0 9.1 4.7 6.2
Months of cash and investments 2.4 3.0 9.1 4.7 6.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.3 2.2 5.2 3.6 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $86,410 $103,872 $296,156 $231,679 $386,540
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,959
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $9,470 $9,470 $191,694 $260,557 $266,532
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.9% 39.5% 2.0% 5.0% 14.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 11.1% 11.4% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $55,721 $80,052 $357,806 $425,807 $508,974
Temporarily restricted net assets $47,205 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $47,205 $29,547 $75,241 $2,874 $114,773
Total net assets $102,926 $109,599 $433,047 $428,681 $623,747

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Cofounder and Executive/Artistic Director

Catherine Corral

Cat is a pioneer and trailblazer in Creative Youth Development. In 2005, co-founded transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project. Cat has 20+ years experience in arts education, the expressive arts and creative youth development

BA - UC Santa Barbara 1997
Certificate Expressive Arts Therapy - UC San Diego 2003
San Diego's Top 35 Under 35 Community Leaders - San Diego News Network 2010

Number of employees

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transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2023
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Board chair

Tonya Chavis

Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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Transgender Identity

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