Summary Facts:

  • Sheila Caldwell named Executive Director
  • For more information, contact Santa Barbara Dance Alliance at (805) 966-6950 or email
  • Editors note: interviews available upon request

Caldwell, a former SBDA board member from 1998-2000, returned in June 2008 bringing extensive experience in non-profit event coordination, business development, and fundraising. Prior to her return, she worked for Dream Foundation, Rape Crisis Center & Santa Barbara Triathlon and continues to actively volunteer for Celebration of Dreams, (Dream Foundation) and Bread & Roses, (Fund for Santa Barbara.) Caldwell has managed SBDA’s programs for the past four years, including memberships, fiscal sponsorship, fundraising events, productions oversight and scholarships and is Production Director for SBDA’s showcase season that includes, Kinesis, BASH and On The Verge. As the newly appointed Executive Director, Caldwell will diligently strive to keep dance arts alive, proudly following in the footsteps of her predecessors Julie McLeod, the late James Buchanan and Susan Frascella.

About SBDA

Santa Barbara Dance Alliance is a non-profit arts-service organization whose mission for nearly 34 years, is to foster, promote, and increase the awareness and quality of dance and other performing arts in Santa Barbara, and to bring the dance/arts community and its resources together. For more information on how you can get involved, call Santa Barbara Dance Alliance at (805) 966-6950 or visit


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