Santa Barbara Dance Arts, under the direction of Alana Tillim, we believe in building confidence through dance. We pride ourselves on a family friendly environment. We will help you or your dancer find joy through performance, movement, and expression while getting a great workout.
We offer classes in jazz, hip hop, ballet, Broadway, tap, acro/tricks, aerial, contemporary, lyrical, Disney dance, mini moves, combo classes and more! Our performance classes use the Fall Session to work toward a more informal performance. The Spring Session works toward our big show at the Marjorie Luke Theater. Dancers from ages 3 to 18 get a full professional performance experience. Toddlers as young as 2 years old and Adults have classes that focus on training, fun, and fitness without a performance. We also have an amazing series of master classes with visiting artists from L.A. and via our partnership with UCSB Arts and Lectures.
Our most beloved program is our Student Dance Companies. Many dancers will train for years to audition when they turn 9 years old. These dancers are the heart of our program. They train in jazz and ballet while learning dances to perform at their own concert, perform in the community, travel to dance conventions to train and compete, and act as philanthropists and leaders as they fundraise for youth scholarships. Our companies raised $8,000 last year. I am so extremely proud! We also have a Competition Team, and in 2016 we added Mini Crew, a company for dancers ages 6-9!
Our program is unique in that it is not just about dance. Our center allows for parents to have their kids either walk after school or be dropped off, and they are safe until pickup time. We don’t charge extra for children to use our facilities in between classes. They are supervised, safe, and surrounded by love and creativity. Many dancers are getting community service to assist and mentor young dancers or they are on Independent Study PE for school.
We work with children and families to support them in achieving their goals and nurturing them through disappointments. Many dancers begin at age 2 and continue through graduation. Many even come back as faculty members after training and working professionally. This sense of community is important, and Dance Arts creates a family environment that makes the kids feel like they have a second home.
The 9,000-square-foot space has a homework lounge with WiFi, a café with snacks, The Dance Store, observation windows, and is a safe and healthy place for children and families. SB Dance Arts' partnership with the nonprofit Arts Mentorship Program (AMP) provides scholarships for low-income families and creates opportunities for young dancers to be leaders and mentors to their peers. In addition AMP provides affordable rehearsal space via the Rent Subsidy Program, umbrellas the Performance Companies, and offers NO Limits dance, a FREE program for low income and special needs children. The space is for the community.
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