Fiesta Spirit Tryouts

Auditions for Spirit and Junior Spirit

Spirit of Fiesta 2011
Paul Wellman (file)

Last August, 40 of Santa Barbara’s dancing youths showed their fancy footwork in hopes of winning a shot at the Fiesta 2012’s Spirit and Junior Spirit tryouts. Twenty gals and two fellows made the cut; they will dance their hearts out in open-to-the-public auditions Saturday, April 14. Since the late 1950s, area dance students (ages 16-21) have competed for the honor of Spirit of Fiesta, according to the book Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara’s Local Legacy. “They are judged for their Spanish dancing ability, poise, and appearance. … In more recent years, a Junior Spirit of Fiesta selection has been made among the younger students of dance.” Auditions take place Saturday, April 14, 1 p.m., at La Cumbre Junior High (2255 Modoc Rd.). Tickets are $20 and are available at the Old Spanish Days office, 129 Castillo Street (inside the Carriage & Western Art Museum). Call (805) 962-8101 for info.

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