The Higher Ground Performing Arts Studio offers a variety of dance lessons. This wide range of dance formats are offered as Private Classes, Master Classes, Workshops, or Four to Six Week Sessions throughout the Season.

Our classes are offered to students from age 6 to adults, at a novice thru professional level. 

We also offer Zumba and Zumba Toning, – a Latin fusion dance workout that will transform your body and soul and keep you wanting more. We host several Urban Dance  Workshops throughout all of Florida, “HG Redefined”. 

New programs are constantly being added, be sure to check our website for new classes and upcoming community events.The Higher Ground Performing Arts Studio also has a Company that performs all over the community. The company is audition based. The Higher Ground Company is available for performances, concerts and special events.


Salsa is a fusion of dance styles with roots from the Caribbean, Latin America and North America. It originated through the mix of mambo, danzón, guaguanco, Cuban son and other typical Cuban dance forms. Salsa is usually a partner dance, although there are solo steps, and can be danced in groups of couples with frequent exchanges of partners, known as “rueda de casino.”

Latin Fusion

Latin dance blended with modern, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary styles. This class will take you through exercises that strengthen technique, musicality, stamina, and flexibility while breaking down the intricacies of Latin dance rhythms. You will learn Choreography that is both invigorating as well as challenging. You will work on presence and power!

Anointed Dance Project


This class will be held every Wednesday. It is for students interested in leading others to Christ through the art of dance. They must enjoy dance and love to perform. The class will include instruction in several genres such as Modern, Jazz, Caribbean, Contemporary, Liturgical, Ballet, and many other dance techniques.

Hip Hop & Break Dancing

The most popular and fastest-growing dance class at Higher Ground is without a doubt Hip Hop and Break Dancing. In our Hip Hop dance class students will learn the latest Hip Hop moves while building stamina and emphasizing body isolations, developing a strong, confident attitude, coordination and free expression of movement and rhythm.

In the Break Dancing classes students will learn all the hottest moves, spins and flips that only break dance can teach.  Our Break Dancing classes will also improve stamina, strength and confidence. Prior experience is not required, but can be helpful. We pride ourselves in teaching a technique-based class with age-appropriate movement, music and costuming.

Liturgical Dance

Liturgical dance is an expression of worship.  This class incorporates genres such as Modern, Jazz, African Caribbean, Contemporary, Ballet, and many other dance techniques to worship the Lord. Condition your body and improve your dance technique. Focus on core strength and flexibility. Improve body alignment and placement. Great class for praise teams or those interested in starting one.

Contemporary & Modern

Contemporary & Modern Dance is a combination of intricate, technical, pedestrian and naturalistic moves, with a connection of breath-expressing emotions.  Classes include floor and center work that incorporates the use of gravity and weightlessness (fall and rebound).

Solid ballet technique is a component required for this style of dance.  Therefore, a ballet class is required.  Classes may include improvisation. Graham, Limón and Horton techniques will be used.


Zumba dancing is best described as a fun, joyful Latin inspired fitness class that combines all the rhythms in Latin music. Zumba applies dance moves from Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Rumba, Mambo, Belly Dance, Flamenco, Samba, Tango, Reggatone and of course Hip Hop.

Mondays at 6:00pm  

Zumba Toning Classes:

Zumba® Toning combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba® moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness party. Using Zumba® toning sticks or light weight dumbbells, you’ll work every muscle group while you groove. Please bring a towel, Bottle of water, mat and 1-2.5 weights.

 Wednesdays at 6:00pm

Higher Ground Performing Arts

Founded by Kathleen Candales, Higher Ground Performing Arts, is a renowned dance studio and company based in Port Charlotte, FL.

Do you have questions about our dance studio or the classes we offer here?

(941) 625-3622

19048 Edgewater, Unit F. Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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