New Home for Dance
S.B. Dance Arts Opens on the Eastside
Among the changes to Santa Barbara’s arts landscape in 2014 has been the much-anticipated reopening of Santa Barbara Dance Arts (and its nonprofit partner, the Arts Mentorship Program) at a new Eastside location: 531 East Cota Street. Located just across from Ortega Park, the new dance digs are an easy walking distance from both Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. After 17 years of renting various spaces around town, including a long stint at 1 North Calle César Chávez, the popular organization has finally secured a home of its own, as well as some funding by way of a Santa Barbara Foundation Strategy Grant and a Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts Grant. As for the new building, it features five dance studios and a homework lounge, café, and dance store; plans for development include stadium seating for performances and aerial dance rigging in every studio. In addition to holding daily classes in a range of dance styles that serve more than 1,000 student dancers every year, they offer a rent-subsidy program for other regional arts organizations. Learn all about it at sbdancearts.com or ampsb.org, or by calling (805) 966-5299.