Participants in our dance classes learn basic techniques and get comfortable with specific dance styles while getting a great workout. From Argentine Tango to Salsa, and everything in between, you can learn how to heat up the dance floor. Dancing is a great way to learn about a different culture and acquire health benefits in a fun environment. 

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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 - 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

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. 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.


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 is a beginning/intermediate level class for those interested in learning lyrical and contemporary movements and technique. Each class will consist of a center warm-up, across the floor technical combinations, and a short routine that includes both technical and stylized choreography. This class will also serve as an emotional outlet and allow dancers to express themselves through the movement.

Cotillion Dance

Got two left feet? Not to worry! Learn how to dance in a fun and beginner friendly environment with Cotillion! Over the course of a quarter you will learn multiple ballroom, latin, and social dances including but not limited to salsa, swing, cha-cha, rumba, jive, waltz, tango, foxtrot and many more! Our lessons are beginner friendly but we also offer the opportunity to compete at colleges around California for anyone who is interested (all levels), and practice space for advanced dancers. 

Hip-Hop Dance

This is a beginners class designed for dancers who are new to hip hop and want to achieve a basic understanding of the fundamentals. The class will incorporate beginner techniques to help develop rhythm, coordination, musicality, at a slower pace in a stress-free environment. Students will also be exposed to multiple styles of hip hop dance such as locking and popping, in addition to learning how to pick up choreography. This class does not require any prior dancing experience and will allow students to explore their own creativity while relieving stress through dance! 

This is an intermediate class for those who have some body awareness and would like to explore hip hop grooves and technique. You will learn hip hop foundation, ranging from party grooves to isolation/waves, as well as some of the history of the hip hop culture. Previous dance experience is recommended but not required, as the class will accommodate all levels of dance experience. Look forward to a fun and exciting class, but most importantly that you will be able to call yourself a hip hop dancer by the end. 

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

Learn to Swing Dance! Discover the fun and enjoyment of Swing Dancing, a truly original American social 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 technique, style, and timing. As a bonus, you will also learn some Swing Dance Line Dances. We will also review and practice the fundamentals of social dance etiquette. If you have never danced before, come on out and give it a try. No partners or prior dance experience 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.



Aaron Nishikawa
Intermediate Hip Hop Dance Instructor

Aaron is currently in his third year at UCSB studying Communication. He has a passion for dance and has been doing it for about five years now. He has trained primarily in hip hop and street styles, such as popping, housing, and party grooves. 

Mai Ono
Beginners Hip Hop Dance Instructor

Mai Ono, a fourth-year Biopsychology student, has been training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop since the age of 6. She has been dancing with UCSB’s hip-hop team, Urban Dance Company, since her freshman year of college and also works as a dance instructor for Everybody Dance Now! 


Caroline Schmidhouser
Contemporary Dance Instructor

Caroline began her dance training at the age of three. Growing up, she trained and competed with Classical Dance Center and Platinum Dance Academy, and currently trains with dance majors at UC Santa Barbara and at Montecito School of Ballet. In pursuit of widening her artistic experience, she attended the Orange County School of the Arts in the Integrated Arts Conservatory. Caroline has taught and choreographed for Long Beach Theater Company, the Santa Ana High School show choir, the Orange County School of the Arts summer programs, and for Odyssey Dance Academy. Some of her accomplishments include winning 10,000 dollars for her high school through her choreography, starting an arts conservatory program at Santa Ana High School, and helping her students become the first ever public high school to perform at the Teacher of the Year Awards at Downtown Disney.

Mariano Silva
Brazilian Dance Instructor

"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. 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.

Diana Replogle-Purinton
Ballet Instructor

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 moreIn 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. 



Stephen Hu
Break Dance Instructor

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’.


Cris! Basimah
Belly Dance Instructor

Cris! Basimah has studied belly dancing for 20 years in addition to Classical and Modern Ballet, Middle Eastern Folkloric, Latin and Bollywood styles. Cris!’s passion is to bring joy, movement, higher self-esteem and self-expression to others through performance and teaching dance. She is the Artistic Director for the UCSB Middle East Dance Ensemble and enjoys bringing a new section of this art form to her students at UCSB every quarter. Cris! invites you to come experience the magical world of belly dance and fusion dances at BellyDance Land -

Katelyn Carano
Hoop Instructor

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. She 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!

Hector Sanchez
Salsa Instructor

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. 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.


Steve Carlan
Jitterbug/Swing Dance

Steve Carlan has been teaching for over 21 years at UCSB and has over 28 years of dance experience in all forms of Swing Dancing. His specialties are in the East Coast Style, the Lindy Hop and the Balboa. He studied the Lindy Hop for over 15 years under his mentor and Lindy Hop Master, Frankie Manning. Steve currently organizes and instructs for the Swing and Ballroom Dance Club at UCSB.

Cotillion Dance Club Leaders
Cotillion Dance Instructors

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.