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 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 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 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 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.