Jessica Marquez, Spirit of Fiesta Auditions
Art Fisher

Destination Dance Summer Showcase

Participants in the Santa Barbara Dance Arts summer dance camp program get a chance to show their talents weekly during the summer. Every Thu. through Aug. 21, 5:15pm. S.B. Dance Arts Studio, 1 N. Calle Cesar Ch¡vez, #100. Call 966-5299 or visit

Growing Up with Dance

Santa Barbara Ballet Center presents its end-of-year recital. Thu., June 19, 5 & 7:30pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. Call 963-0408 or visit

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Several guest choreographers have collaborated with Artistic Director Kara Stewart and her eclectic and energetic company, Fusion, to create this show. Founded in 2004, Fusion is a young adult company that-true to its name-fuses a variety of styles, including jazz, ballet, modern, and hip-hop, and has presented some arresting works during the past four years. Here’s to many more. Fri., June 20-Sat., June 21, 8pm. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo. Call 963-0408 or visit

Annual Talent Showcase

Curtis Studio of Dance presents its 35th annual showcase, highlighting its young dancers. Fri., June 20-Sat., June 21, 7pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Call 684-4099 or visit


This film chronicles the life of Marta Becket, the dancer, painter, and composer who for 40 years has performed a one-woman show in an opera house in Death Valley Junction. Sat., June 28, 9:30am. Parks Plaza Theatre, 515 McMurray Rd., Buellton. Call 688-8494 or visit

The Sound of Music

Gustafson Dance, the official school of State Street Ballet, presents its own version of the classic musical. Thu., July 3, 7pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Call 965-6690 or visit

Pacific Fusion

Hula Anyone? presents a full evening’s dining and entertainment, with cocktails at sunset overlooking the beach, dinner, and a pan-Polynesian dance performance. Sat., July 5; Sat., Aug. 2; Sat., Sept. 6. Doors open at 5:30pm; show at 8pm. Santa Barbara Inn, 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Call 451-0707.

French Festival

Santa Barbara’s 21st annual celebration of all things Fran§ais includes performances of French-Tahitian dance, French-Moroccan tribal dance, French country folkdance, and of course, plenty of cancans. Sat., July 12 and Sun., July 13, 11am-7pm. Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar St. Call 564-7274 or visit

Peter Pan

Gustafson Dance presents another original version of a well-loved musical. Thu., July 17, 7pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Call 965-6690 or visit

Dances, Music & Songs From the Heart

S.B. Dance Center and Humanity Unites Brilliance join forces to create an evening of heartfelt dance. Fri., July 18, 8pm. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St. Call 899-2901.

Summer Flamenco Show

Linda Vega Dance Studio gears up for Fiesta with a sizzling summer flamenco show. Sun., July 20, time TBA. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Call 963-0073 or visit

Cruz Dance & Entertainment Studios Stage Review

Legendary flamenco teacher Rosemarie Cruz presents her students in their annual show. Sat., July 26, 7pm. Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta. Call 964-1590.

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Old Spanish Days Fiesta

From La Fiesta Pequena (Little Fiesta), which officially opens Old Spanish Days Thursday evening on the steps of the Mission, to Las Noches de Ronda (Nights of Gaiety) each evening at the Courthouse’s Sunken Gardens, Fiesta offers more flamenco and folkloric dances than one could ever hope to see. It’s time to get down, party, and crack an egg full of confetti over someone’s head (but maybe not while they’re onstage). Wed., July 30-Sun., Aug. 3. Various locations in Santa Barbara. Call 962-8101 or visit

Summer Celebration

Gustafson Dance presents the culmination of its Junior Intensive program. Thu., July 31, 7pm. Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St. Call 965-6690 or visit


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