TranscenDANCE—Lessons from Living, Loving, and Dancing

Can you imagine what it would be like to allow the Universe to lead your dance with life? What if every step, misstep, and subtle turn on your journey inspired you to keep dancing, showing up on the dance floor of life, and enjoying each moment—even the challenging ones?

This inspiring memoir and self-help book will help you:

  • Relate dance to complex life stories and themes, including trauma, codependency, self-sabotage, mental health, addictions, and recovery.
  • Revisit and accept childhood wounds, unearth adult stressors, and dance with daily obstacles.
  • Feel and celebrate, rather than ignore or repress, life’s challenges.
  • Embrace dance as a medicine that’s collaborative, communal, and intimate.
  • Integrate what you’ve learned through music, dance, 22 exercises, and diverse playlists with thousands of songs.


“We need this book. It’s an excellent story full of hope and overcoming hardships. TranscenDANCE is a call to connect with ourselves and the outer world through dance. It’s a reminder that the Universe has our back and we have the tools and abilities to live a beautiful life.”

— Linda Gordon


“I absolutely love, love, love this book!! There is so much in it that I want to share with my family and friends! It’s so relatable, honest, and fun. Truly a fantastic story of how to rise above your own bullshit and become who you were born to be! All while dancing the night away!”

— Sue Thompson


TranscenDANCE speaks to spiritual strength and emotional perseverance. It also speaks to vulnerability and the willingness to live one’s best life, no matter what. Her readiness to try new things and to find joy, despite the pain, is truly inspirational.”

— Sean Cardinalli


“This very unique book uses the language of dance to connect the dots to personal growth. When reading this book, I could often see the parallels to my own experiences.  No matter what your preferred style of dancing, it can create joy and increase your self-esteem. Sometimes that first half-step is the hardest; give this book a chance to dance its way into your library.”

— Eric Cedeno

Melissa Drake is the author of TranscenDANCE, an entrepreneur, proud single mama, certified life coach, and NLP practitioner who helps individuals and businesses find solutions and go further than they imagined. When middle-age life and an empty nest presented a wake-up call in the form of two concurrent chronic illnesses and a job loss after a 25-year career, she turned to social media and dancing for a reprieve. The results included recovery from a lifetime of depression, a cross-country move from the Midwest to California, full-time entrepreneurship, and a TEDx Talk, “The Dance of Collaboration.” She lives life knowing “everything is happening perfectly” and accepts life’s tough transitions as redirection and an opportunity to experience a more fulfilling life. Melissa writes, edits, speaks, and leads workshops helping others expand and realize their dreams. Connect with her at uncorpedinfluence.com.

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