When David Bowie and Mick Jagger made the video for their 1985 cover of “Dancing in the Street,” they should have called upon Santa Barbara’s Solstice participants for help. Year after year, the groups sashaying up State Street during the Saturday parade demonstrate some of the most original, lively, and colorful choreography ever seen en masse downtown. Brazilian samba — which is a symbol of that country’s national identity — dancers always put on a great show, with their vibrant-hued costumes and exciting movements, and this time will be no different, as many of the same troupes will be participating, including Mariano Silva’s Samba de Bahia and Sambahia. Other troupes are La Bohème Dance Company, Cosmic Queens, Brigitte Guehr and her belly dancing troup, and Pali-X-Mano’s Solar Flying Saucer and dance ensemble. This year’s theme is Sci-Fi, so costumes are sure to be out of this world. Solstice takes place Friday-Sunday, June 19-21, at Alameda Park and throughout downtown.
Series 7, presented by The Dance Network. ➧ At Center Stage Theater, Fri.-Sat., June 19-20
Raices de Mi Tierra, presented by Alma de Mexico. ➧ At Center Stage Theater, Sat., June 27.
Cinderella & Special Selections, presented by the Goleta School of Ballet. ➧ At Center Stage Theater, Fri., July 10.
Hollywood, presented by Curtis Studio of Dance. ➧ At the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Thu.-Sat., June 18-20.
Romeria de Verano, presented by Linda Vega Dance Studio. ➧ At the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Sat., July 18.
Montecito School of Ballet Fiesta Performance. ➧ At the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Wed., Aug. 5.
Old Spanish Days Fiesta. ➧ At Various locations, Wed.-Sun., Aug. 5-9.