"We consider our dancers to be outstanding students of the studio and of the world through their exposure to the diversity and cultural richness of our center. "

Cat Willis, Executive Director


The TWDCC Fall 2020 Program is now available!

TWDCC Youth Program Information

Our School:
The School is organized in two divisions: the first is the Youth and Teen program, which introduces the excitement of creative movement and developing dance technique. This modern based program, led by our Artistic Director Micha Scott, is an open program that welcomes everyone to join individual classes in a range of techniques including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop. Our second division is comprised of five pre-professional Youth Companies (Co. 1, Co. 2, Co. 3, Co. 4, & Co. 5) which train aspiring dancers up to age 18 yrs. who are considering dance as a career.

COMPANY is currently suspended due to COVID19.

TWDCC’s pre-professional program (INVITE ONLY) is the only one of its kind in Santa Cruz. We emphasize Modern dance as its foundation for technical development. Our Youth Companies integrate ballet, contemporary, jazz and dance composition in their training. Dancers receive a comprehensive, professional-level dance education based on technical training, creative expression, and performance experience. Company members take weekly required classes and have opportunities to take master classes with renowned dancers such as Gregory Dawson of DawsonDanceSF, Sharon Skepple Mayfield (Bessie Award winner, formerly with Garth Fagan Dance), and Guy Thorne of Garth Fagan Dance and FuturePointe Dance. TWDCC Companies perform in the Santa Cruz community on a regular basis, and travel to see professional dance companies throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area.

ATTIRE:  All students taking Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, and Contemporary Jazz are required to wear solid colored leotards & black leggings/hair tightly pulled back in a bun or ponytail. Jazz requires jazz  shoes, Modern and Contemporary require bare feet.

Ballet attire (Ballet 1-5 levels): Girls should wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Boys should wear a white shirt, black leggings, and black ballet slippers.

Hip Hop dancers may wear shirt/tank top & sweatpants and clean sneakers.

TWDCC does not allow dancers to wear short shorts or midriff tops in class.



Fall 2020: To receive your Cohort assignment, email Micha Scott at micha.twdcc@gmail.com

All students are assessed individually during their first two weeks of classes. Placement is made for each child to ensure proper development of technique and understanding of movement and sequences. Our teaching artists decide where each dancer is placed and take great care in making sure they are learning at an appropriate level for their individual success.  If there are any questions regarding placement, please reach TWDCC Artistic Director Micha Scott: micha.twdcc@gmail.com.

Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center was founded on the principle that dance should be accessible to all. Through our SCOPEDance Scholarship Program (www.tanneryworlddance.com/programs) we have been able to provide full and partial scholarships to over a dozen students per year enrolled in our classes and camps. Families that have a need for partial or full assistance for tuition will need fill out the SCOPE application. Depending on availability and funding, we will contact you within 2 weeks of submitting your application for approval or to be placed on our waitlist. Please CLICK HERE to be re-directed to the Fall 2020 Info page, which has a link to the Fall 2020 Online SCOPE application

Youth Program Weekly Schedule

Tuition Prices 2019-2020

Classes are priced for the entire dance year. However, you can register anytime throughout the year (we automatically prorate your purchase) or cancel your contract at anytime. We do encourage all students to enroll for the entire year to improve technical development and to build upon dance understanding each consecutive week.

TRIAL: Students may try out the first class for $15 before enrolling for the full semester.

NOTE: This does not reserve a place in the class and is only applicable to the student's first class.

Steps to Register for TWDCC Classes

If you already have a Mindbody account, skip to step 4. 
If you are new to TWDCC, make an account with your child’s name, but please use your phone number and email address. Add your payment information by clicking “Edit” in the top right corner of the center column of your “Profile.”
Navigate to the tab in the top right that says “Online Contracts.”
Choose the contract that suits the number of classes your child will take or the Company number they’re in. Click “Make Purchase,” then “Checkout.”
Once the contract is purchased, you may navigate to the “Enroll Here” tab.
Click on and enroll in the classes your child will take. (If a message pops up that says “Before enrolling your child, you must first purchase a contract,” it’s likely that the contract wasn’t all the way purchased or that you purchased the incorrect contract. 


Navigate to the “Log In/Create Account” Tab. Navigate to “My Schedule” to ensure you’ve signed up for the correct classes. If you see all the classes you signed up for, you’re good to go.


A: Send an email with your child’s age, dance experience, and what genre of dance they want to enroll in to tanneryworlddance@gmail.com. We’ll get back as soon as possible with a recommendation for a class they can try. Based on that teacher’s assessment, we’ll help to place them in the appropriate class for their age and ability.
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