• 2019

    Doug Varone and Dancers

    Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone and his New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for over three decades.

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  • 2018

    doug elkins choreography, etc.

    Elkins is a recipient of significant choreographic commissions and awards and has been hailed by The New York Times as, “one of the most musical, witty and inventive choreographers of his generation.”

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  • 2017

    Kate Weare Company + Union Tanguera

    What happens when a New York contemporary choreographer meets authentic Argentine Tango? Kate Weare Company + Union Tanguera's collaboration Sin Salida pushed boundaries, changed perspectives, and demonstrated the value of collaboration

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  • 2016

    VIM VIGOR Dance Company with Shannon Gillen

    VIM VIGOR delivered an ambitious and haunting work with FUTURE PERFECT

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  • 2015

    Adam Barruch Dance

    Adam Barruch Dance captivated audiences with his inventive and provocative Dance Theater interpretation of Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd"

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  • 2014

    Mark Dendy Projects

    “Dendy is a most unusual talent … wild, mad, beautiful and extraordinarily energized choreography … the dances are brilliant!” – THE NEW YORK POST

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  • 2013


    Since starting his own company in 2003, Larry Keigwin’s star has continued to rise. His choreography is clever, sexy, daring, and undeniably cool. He’s put his signature spin on Broadway, ballet and beyond, bringing his refreshing vision of dance that embodies a theatrical sense of wit, style and heart to national and international audiences.

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  • 2012

    Brian Brooks Moving Company

    Mathematical intricacy, superhuman physicality, punchy color, and cheeky wit infuse the Brian Brooks Moving Company’s signature, minimalist works with an unexpected but delightful sense of whimsy. The company presents live performances incorporating dance, video, animation, visual art, music, and sound design.

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  • 2011

    Doug Elkins Choreography

    “Doug Elkins…is one of the most musical, witty and inventive choreographers of his generation.” – Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

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  • 2010

    Keigwin + Company

    “As a participant in the rehearsal process and the performance, I watched as Keigwin drew a crowd of strangers into a supportive, playful group of fellow performers. It was a rare and joyous experience, one whose impact will last long after Keigwin + Company’s departure.” Elizabeth Schwyzer, Santa Barbara Independent

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  • 2009

    Aszure and Artists

    “DANCEworks 2009 was a stupendous, rich, intense journey that I will always cherish. It was one of the most exciting experiences that my group has ever had… It’s such a rare opportunity to work in a theater like this for four weeks. It is a dream destination for an artist that supports and nurtures growth, aliveness and pure creativity.” — Aszure Barton, choreographer

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Most new dance is created in a studio setting with just a few rehearsals on stage before it debuts. Not so here in Santa Barbara. DANCEworks, a partnership between SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and the Lobero Theatre Foundation is the only dance residency in the United States on an actual theatre stage for an entire month.




  • The Dance of Discovery

    The Dance of Discovery

    Three dancers roll around the empty stage, pushing their backs gently against the Marley floor as they stretch their arms […]Read More »



JOIN THE FRIDAY CLUB Become a DANCEworks Insider with a $150+ donation! You and a guest are invited to the Lobero Theatre for an inside look at DANCEworks rehearsals followed by an intimate meet-and-greet with the company each Friday of their residency. Read More



Each year, a select choreographer is given four weeks on the Lobero stage to create a new work in the supportive environment of a fully-equipped theatre. Read More



Contact Angie Bertucci at abertucci@lobero.com / 805.679.6010 to arrange artist interviews or with any media-related questions. We appreciate for the coverage. Read More



Each DANCEworks residency give the public a chance to play a role with the company – attending open rehearsals and master classes with the choreographers, or by dancing onstage in a new work, the results are as dynamic and endearing as the choreographers themselves! Read More


Get an insider’s look at the fascinating creative process each Friday of the 2019 residency once you make a contribution.

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