T3 Triple Threat Youth Mentors (T3). Personal dance floors are provided and loaner tap shoes are available.

Since 2003 our free/ donation-based classes have aimed to make a variety of dance, voice and acting classes more accessible both financially and socially for all seeking to train in San Diego.

Whether an absolute beginner or you dance at a professional level all are welcome to train with us.

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Meet The Teaching Artist

Shirley Johnston began tap dancing at the age of 6 and fell in love with dance so immensely, she soon added ballet and jazz. At the age of 16 she was a member of an award winning dance company that went on to win a National Tap Dance Championship.

Shirley taught dance all over San Diego for over a decade before becoming a high school show choir choreographer. This put her on the path to musical theatre. In 1999, she was cast in her first professional show Some Like It Hot, at Starlight Musical Theatre in Balboa Park. Since then, Shirley has performed, choreographed and directed all over San Diego County and in New York City. This past summer, she launched her own Musical Theatre training program (Break A Leg Productions) where serious young artists took classes in acting, voice, and dance and were taken through the production process. Currently she teaches Musical Theatre Dance at Culture Shock Dance Center as well as teaching individuals and small groups privately. Most recently, Shirley was seen on the Moonlight Amphitheater Stage as The Witch in Big Fish. In the Summer of 2016, she will once again run the Break A Leg Productions Musical Theatre Boot Camp at Culture Shock Dance Center.

Shirley Johnston


In response to COVID-19 and state-wide conditions, T3 has moved its programs outside. In time “The Show Will Go On”, but for now we’ll continue to train & educate our students in the safest and healthiest of environments.

The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. All classes are held outside, mask are worn at all times and physical distance is always maintained. Click through on the link below for our full safety and operating plan.

We welcome your solutions, resources, and important information that helps our community move through this together. In fact, feel free to email us.

Morie Williams

Executive Director

Click through on the link below for our full safety and operating plan. Click Here for COVID-19 Operating Plan

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This class is designed for ages 16+. Exceptions may be made fro younger students able to manage skill level. “ The Best Of Broadway – Summer Workshop” forming for kids & teens. Click through to Summer 2021 for details.


Our Tap Dance Classes are designed for ages 16 and up. Technical classes will help students master the fundamentals and progress accordingly. Absolute beginner classes are designed for those with very little or no previous training. Open level classes are geared for the overall skill level of participants in class.


Our Tap Dance Classes are ongoing and held outside. We aim to find the most comfortable working conditions, that offer shading by trees or offer some protection from the direct sun.

While we live in beautiful sunny San Diego we just ask everyone to be a little to flexible regarding these matters. In person classes scheduled on a rainy or wet days will be rescheduled.

Saturdays ongoing between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Absolute Beginner

11 AM – 12:00 PM: Open Level – (open level classes mix skill levels; teachers work at the general ability of the class).

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Tap Dance Classes to be held at Morley Field 2600 Jacaranda Pl. San Diego CA. At or around the bocce ball courts.

If our residency at the North Park Recreation Center (NPRC) re-opens and becomes available, our program will be moved there; at 4044 Idaho St. San Diego – 5 minute drive from the park. The NPRC is very well ventilated. Lots of windows and two doors provide the perfect venue for dance activities.
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DONATION BASED CLASSES & HOW THEY WORK: (please acknowledge this information)

Since 2003 our donation-based model has aimed to make a variety of dance, voice and acting classes more accessible both financially and socially for all seeking to train in San Diego.

We’ve been able to sustain our donation-based program by partnering with talented teaching artist, our student base and community member seeking to support arts & education initiatives. Our donation-based model allows students in a position to contribute the suggested donation to do so and for others to give what they can. Like all other services – if we have met or exceeded your expectations we encourage you to show your appreciation with the suggested donation.

To help us maintain a quality product we’ve implemented guidelines for giving. These guidelines help us meet or exceed the cost of operation and better serve you.

In the past the average contribution is has been between $12 -15 per class. Everyone is welcome regardless. We just ask that if you enjoy your class to help us keep it going.

For the past 19 years T3 has been able to thrive exclusively from student donations and financial gifts from our website. Thanks for participating!

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