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
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

3) How about those of us who fall a little outside those
age parameters — any tips for enjoying dance on a limited
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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