Dance


Below are all of the dance classes we offer annually. To view and register for our currently available classes click 'Register Now'
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Afro-Brazilian Cotillion Instructors
Ballet Hip-Hop
Belly Dance Hoop
Breakdance Jitterbug Swing
Contemporary Salsa

Afro-Brazilian Dance

Afro Brazilian Dance your way into the best shape of your life and have fun while you work out! Dance is a great place for self-expression. We provide a safe environment to be yourself and let go of the typical refined movements of the body. Enjoy the exotic rhythms and sounds from Brazil exploring samba, pagode, samba-reggae, axé, and afro-contemporary. In this high-energy dance class we will fusing together both power and grace incorporating traditional African dance with Indigenous influence. Improve your flexibility, strength and cardio. No experience necessary!

Ballet

Ballet - Level 1

Students will be introduced to the basic vocabulary of ballet including the five-positions of the feet and arms. Emphasis will be on proper placement and correct execution of turnout. In this class students will learn the basics of barre work to warm-up the muscles and to prepare for the following centre work, where choreography will be introduced. The class will be responsive to the needs and level of the current students but is designed to be an introductory class.

Ballet - Level 2

This class in designed for students who have had a minimum of one year of recent ballet training.  Emphasis will continue to be on proper placement and correct execution of turnout.  Building on the fundamentals of ballet, combinations at the barre and in the centre will focus on movement of arms, legs, and head as a coordinated whole.  We will continue to work on developing core strength and stretching to increase range of motion.  The class will be responsive to the needs and level of the current students but is designed for dancers with previous experience allowing you to develop your ballet technique and art as a dancer.

Belly Dance

Come flow, spin and fly with the most ethereal and magical prop in belly dance, the veil! This beginner class, part 2 (*) of the classical belly dance cabaret format, will teach you basic concepts of body isolations (hips, shoulders, head and chest), muscular and core training as well as spotting and spin techniques. For an example of veil work visit this link (http://youtu.be/aUqYchugHeM). Students will also learn how to play finger cymbals (zills or segat) to the Bolero rhythm. Class requirements: finger cymbals and a 3-yard rectangular veil (chiffon or silk material). Wear comfortable clothes but not too loose so you and the teacher can see your movements. Many dancers prefer dancing barefoot. But for those who wish to wear foot covering, soft-soled dance shoes like ballet slippers, jazz shoes or Hermes sandals are options. Come explore the beautiful world of Middle Eastern dance in a fun, supportive, and relaxed environment! (*) Students are not required to take part 1 before attending this class.

Breakdance

Are you interested in learning how to Breakdance? Do you know some basic moves but want to expand upon your skills? This class will cover the foundation movements of breakdancing incorporating rocking, footwork, freezes, and power moves and expanding for those students who want a little more. Whether you’re trying to get into breakdancing, looking for a good workout, or just want to have fun, this class for everyone.

Contemporary Brazillian

Dance your way into the best shape of your life and have fun while you work out! Dance is a great place for self-expression. It provides a safe environment to be yourself and let go of the typical refined movements of the body. Burn up to 500 calories while enjoying the exotic rhythms and sounds from Brazil featuring Samba, Bossa Nova, Axe and Samba-Reggae. Afro-Brazilian dance brings movements from traditional African dance with Indigenous influence. This high energy dance demonstrates power and grace fused together bringing a rich historical context to the class. Afro-Brazilian Dance tones your entire body as it increases flexibility, cardio, range of motion and motor coordination! No experience necessary! Mariano has studied and performed Afro-Brazilian Dance in his hometown of Salvador Bahia, Brazil for over ten years. He was a student and performer at the local University and part of Mr. King's famous Ballet Folclorico da Bahia. In the United States, he has toured with Ballet Folclorico do Brasil and taught Summer Dance Santa Barbara.

Contemporary Dance

This class will allow students to explore lyrical and contemporary movement as well as develop their technique. This style of dance serves as a great stress reliever allowing the dancer to express their emotions through movement. You're sure to walk out of this class each week feeling refreshed, level headed and ready to take on the week.

Cotillion Dance

Learn Ballroom, Latin, and Nightclub dances for social & competitive dancing from the Cotillion Dance Club Leaders. This class is beginner friendly lessons with opportunities for intermediate and advanced dancers. New dances are taught every week. 

Hip-Hop Dance

Hip Hop Dance is a good way to get exercise while learning movement and having fun. Each week students will learn a new piece of choreography that will vary in style and difficulty, and build upon each other to form the fundamentals of dance. This is a great opportunity for learning, exercise, and just having fun! No experience is necessary!

Hoop Dance

Hoop Dance - Beginning

You will gain a stronger core, a sense of timing and rhythm as well as learn basic hoop tricks and flow! Hoop dance is a great way to express yourself and your personal dance style while working out and having loads of fun! Hoops provided.

Hoop Dance - Intermediate

Do you want to expand on the basic tricks and flow of hoop dancing? This class is geared toward those with experience hooping. We will learn and refine tosses, body rolls, advanced tricks, and partner moves. Hoop dance is a great way to express yourself and your personal dance style while working out and having loads of fun! Hoops provided.

Jitterbug Swing

Discover the fun and enjoyment of Swing Dancing, a truly original American dance form. In this 8-week progressive beginning-to-intermediate level class you will learn the basics of the East Coast Style Swing Dance and will also be introduced to some of the popular variations, such as The Lindy Hop, The Charleston, and The Balboa. This class will work on timing, technique, style as well as social dance etiquette. As a bonus, you will also learn Swing Dance Line Dances. If you have never Swing Danced before, come on out and give it a try. No partners or prior dance experience is needed.

Salsa Dance

Salsa - Beginner

In our beginner class, you will learn timing, rhythm, partnering, connection and footwork along with a series of turns and fun patterns. All taught in a fun atmosphere while preparing you for social dancing. You're sure to have fun and meet great people while learning your salsa skills. Partner is not required.

Salsa - Intermediate/Advanced

Our intermediate class is for all those who have taken beginning salsa or have the basic foundation down, such as basic step, natural turn and cross body leads. In this class you will gain a stronger sense of timing, rhythm, partnering, connection and footwork along with better body control as you are introduced to more challenging moves. All taught in a fun atmosphere while preparing you for social dancing. You're sure to have fun and meet great people while learning your salsa skills. Partner is not required.

Instructors

Mariano Silva

"If you can walk, then you can dance" is his motto; and dance he does. He has danced his way from Bahia Brazil into the hearts of many in Santa Barbara including physically, mentally and emotionally challenged youth and young adults. “It’s in my soul,” he says. “It has nothing to do with color or race. You don’t need technique to dance with me.”

For most of his life Mestre Mariano has danced and been a student of Capoeira. His diligence as a capoeirista and commitment to his community earned Marcos Mariano the respect and recognition of renowned Master Amen Santo, who invited Mariano to tour with the world-traveling Ballet Folclorico Do Brazil.

After performing to sold-out crowds, being so impressed with Mariano’s abilities and warm personality, Master Amen extended his invitation to Mariano and encouraged the development of a Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian dance school in Southern California.

Mariano is a community activist and cultural leader. His outreach programs, which include but are not limited to his founding of Grupo de Capoeira Angola Renascer, which benefits and inspires underprivileged children in Brazil. He continues to be a pillar for underprivileged youth by spearheading dance and Capoeira workshops and community projects.

As Bob Marley said, “Education is the key”; Marcos Mariano Silva lives it. He nurtures the body, mind, heart and spirit by enlightening and sharing the origins of the dances and Capoeira customs, which are deeply rooted in the African cultures of the millions of slaves brought to Brazil during the Triangular Slave Trade. The history of Brazil lives through him. He is the oral tradition we only read about.

Mariano Silva is an accomplished Capoeira and Dance Master, currently teaching and sharing his vast knowledge in Santa Barbara as well as throughout North America.

Stephen Hu

Stephen Hu has been a dancer for 10 years and a B-Boy (breakdancer) for 7 years.  He has competed in various competitions throughout the west coast and has represented UCSB at the largest intercollegiate competition in the world for the past 2 years. He is currently a board member of UCSB’s breakdancing organization, UCSBreakin’

Cotillion Dance Club Leaders

The Cotillion Dance Club is a student organization at UCSB that teaches Ballroom, Latin, and social dancing, and many other forms of partnership dancing, in addition to providing opportunities for social dancing and performing art. 

Katelyn Carano

Katelyn Carano is a trained hoop dancer and has performed with the vivacious group, The Hoop Unit, at circus shows and festivals all over the southern U.S. Sharing her love of hoop dance through performance and teaching workshops is her passion..

Katelyn Carano is a trained hoop dancer, aerialist, and performance enthusiast. Sharing her love of hoop dance through performance and teaching is her passion. She has trained and performed with the group, The Hoop Unit at circus shows and festivals all over the southern U.S. and has taught workshops for Lucidity Festival, Serenity Gathering, Hoopnotica, and more. Katelyn is excited to introduce you to the enjoyment of hooping. Her goal is help each student discover something new about the connection between themselves, the hoop, and the world around them!

Diana Replogle-Purinton

Diana Replogle-Purinton started her dance career as a young child studying a variety of disciplines and soon moved onto the serious study of classical ballet.  She has performed, taught and coached with both the Goleta Civic Ballet under the direction of Robert & Carol Hanlin (former dancers with American Ballet Theatre) and the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet with Denise Rinaldi, Michele Hulse & Valerie Huston; appearing in The Nutcracker at the Arlington, for more than thirty years.  During that time she has been privileged to work with artists from American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Florida, Ballet Next, Ballet West, and many more.

In addition to teaching ballet, Diana is the founder and director of the Santa Barbara dance company-Baile de California; a member of the National Dance Education Organization, and Santa Barbara Dance Alliance with whom she was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. 
 

Cris! Basimah

Cris! Basimah is an award-winning belly dancer from Santa Barbara, California, specializing in Folkloric dances of the Middle East, Raqs sharqi (aka belly dance) and Latin styles. Trained in classic and modern ballet, Egyptian, Turkish, American Cabaret and Folkloric dance from numerous oriental regions, Cris! mixes a wide variety of techniques for dance to produce entertaining, educating and often innovative performances.

Cris! is the Dance/Artistic Director for the UCSB Middle East Ensemble (MEE) and is also a house dancer at local Restaurant Zaytoon. Cris! teaches group and private classes, workshops, and performs at events throughout the world. More about Cris! at www.bellydanceland.com.

Kelsie Jeffords

Kelsie has been dancing since the age of 3 years old. By the time she was 7 she was a part of a competitive studio in Colorado, by the age of 14 she was training in all styles of dance 30 hours a week.

Kelsie has extensive training in all styles of dance and specifically in lyrical and contemporary dance. She has learned from some of the best teachers in the industry that have been featured on shows like So You Think You Can Dance. Kelsie has won numerous regional and national awards for dance as well as placed 2nd on America’s Got Talent in 2011 with her dance group, “The Silhouettes”. Dance is Kelsie’s number one passion in life and she hopes to spread and share the joy it brings to her, to as many people as possible.

Cristian Gasgonia

Cristian Gasgonia is a UCSB Psychology/Sociology student. He started dancing his freshmen year of high school on the Mira Mesa Dance/Drill Team participating all four years and as a senior served as Mira Mesa's team captain. He continued his passion into college with Urban (Urban Dance Company) and is currently serves in the leadership role as the director for Urban.

Cristian’s training is mostly focused in hip hop, but is broadening his scope other styles.

My YouTube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkZXI5X_--HD5Hkdulo4hEQ

Hector Sanchez

 Hector has been dancing and performing for 15 years. His love of dance and music originates from growing up in a household and culture where dancing is the main element of life. He began his teaching career 10 years ago when he started the first Salsa dancing club at Dos Pueblos High School called Salsalvajes. Continuing the tradition of dancing and seeking to perfect his skill, he joined the Salsa Barbara Dance Troupe with cumbia maestro Joel Sanchez in 2002. He has trained with 3-time world Salsa champion, Zulmara Torres and her performance team LA Fusion. Shortly after joining the SBDC he began training with the owner, Latin and Ballroom dancing extraordinaire, David Alvarez. Hector’s goal is to become a universal Latin and Ballroom dance instructor, breaking all types of barriers psychological and socioeconomic. He strongly believes that dancing is a tool to unity and understanding.

Hector teaches Salsa at UCSB and SBDC. He teaches private lessons in Salsa, Cha Cha, Rumba, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and a variety of other Latin dances; and also organizes wedding and Quinceanera choreography.
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