Marissa Cordero

Paul Wellman

Marissa Cordero

The Junior Spirit of Fiesta

Marissa Cordero

Marissa Cordero might only be 10 years old, but she knows she has what it takes to be the Junior Spirit of Fiesta. “I have sassiness and spunkiness. So I think that’s why I won,” she said. Chosen over 19 other girls who auditioned for the role, Marissa said she was inspired to start dancing by her mother, who once auditioned for Spirit of Fiesta, and her great-grandmother, who danced in the first Fiestas of Santa Barbara.

A flamenco dancer since she was four years old, Marissa also loves to play goalie for her All Stars soccer team and participate in drama at Saint Raphael Catholic School, where she will enter the fifth grade this fall.

Like the Senior Spirit, Marissa is looking forward most to performing her solo dance as part of La Fiesta Peque±a at the Mission. She said she is a little nervous about getting her hair done, since the process hurt the last time because she had “about 200 bobby pins in my head.” Marissa said she is excited to wear the four white dresses being made especially for her performances, and for the Fiesta itself, because “it’s like getting together and having a party with everyone you know.”

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Dyer Returns as Interim Fire Chief

When Eric Peterson steps down, Mike Dyer will fill in for County Fire.

Santa Barbara Bodybuilder Wins Mr. Olympia Competition

At 43, Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden ties for the oldest champ in the contest's history.

Renovated Cabrillo Ball Park Now Open

The park got new exercise equipment, multi-use grass turf areas, and an upgraded softball field.

UCSB Researcher Charged with Molesting Child on Campus

Dr. Hongjun Zhou was arrested September 6.

Teen Serial Robber Caught and Confesses

The suspect was identified through an anonymous tipster.