Three Questions With…

Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s Julie McLeod

1) What’s this we hear about a dance party? The Dancers’ Ball is coming up October 13 at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion — DJ Mike Loeza will be spinning an eclectic mix of music, and exhibition dancers will be on the floor all night showing the crowd how it’s done. Fresco, Sojourner Café, Firestone, and Palazzio will be donating food and wine, and our silent auction includes a weekend getaway at the Chumash Casino. Everyone is welcome — dress to dance! Proceeds go to our community services like our Future Dancers of America scholarships.

2) You mean you’re giving away money to young dancers? Yep! During the past three years we’ve given 41 scholarships to Santa Barbara County dancers aged 8-16 to support their training in any dance style. Applicants need to have at least two years of training, and they must apply through their studio or instructor. Scholarships of $750 are based on talent, dedication, and financial need. The deadline to apply is September 29, so get busy!

3) How about those of us who fall a little outside those age parameters — any tips for enjoying dance on a limited budget? Our master class series is a great way to get a behind-the-scenes peek at dance companies in action. In collaboration with Arts & Lectures, we’ll be offering an advanced modern dance class with Lyon Opera Ballet on October 23 at the Santa Barbara Ballet Center. For five bucks, observers can see what professional dancers go through to train, and what makes them tick. Participants get the chance to work with world-renowned artists for only $15.

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