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Fall Arts Preview: Dance

Annual BASSH Fest Finds a Home at Center Stage Theater

With UCSB Arts & Lectures back in full swing, there are plenty of big-name dance acts headed to the 805 in the coming months, including one-off performances from the companies under Alonzo King and Bill T. Jones. But when it comes to fall, no show’s spotlight shines brighter than BASSH!’s. The annual ode to ballroom, Latin, swing, hip-hop, jazz, and West African dance features a cast and a team of choreographers who all hail from Santa Barbara. Better still, the eclectic lineup and cross-cultural appeal makes for a show that’s welcoming to both dance fanatics and casual appreciators. The whole thing goes down next week at Center Stage Theater, and will be followed by a post-performance dance party, open to all in attendance. Turns out fall is the time to get down. Friday-Saturday, September 27-28. Call 963-0408 or visit

More Dance

Flamenco Arts Festival. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday, September 28 (see page 31 for more).

Alonzo King’s Lines, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At the Granada Theatre, Wednesday, October 2.

Floodlit & Fallen, presented by Nebula Dance Lab. At Center Stage Theater, Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13.

Bill T. Jones, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. At the Granada Theatre, Wednesday, October 16.

Janusphere-Evolves, presented by Janusphere Dance Company. At Center Stage Theater, Friday-Saturday, October 18-19.

Robin Bisio’s Anemone Ball. At Shoreline Park, Saturday, October 19.

Taming of the Shrew, presented by State Street Ballet. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday, October 26.

The Nutcracker, presented by State Street Ballet. At the Granada Theatre, Saturday-Sunday, December 21-22.

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