Dancing Through a Legacy

It’s a balmy Saturday evening in Santa Barbara, and the mood outside of the Lobero Theatre is thick with anticipation. A flurry of gauzy dresses float across the Esplanade and straight into the theatre–dancers, no doubt, wanting to get into their seats early and settle into the evening’s program. And then, with little more than […]

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Week four: Smiling In the Face of Legacy

It’s just after 6 PM, and the dancers are pushing open the Lobero’s exit doors with fervor, smiling into the warm, late afternoon sun as they chatter over the day’s successful rehearsal. “I’m still a little surprised we finished right on time,” marvels Whitney Dufrene, looking pleased with the prospect of heading into an early […]

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Week Three: The Varone Vocabulary

Doug Varone is waving a yellow legal pad across the stage, his enthusiasm mounting as he paces between an assembly of weary dancers. “I need more rawness,” he roars, and flings the pad above his head, sending a cascade of loose pages into the group. Laughter erupts, Varone smiles broadly and settles into a folding […]

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The Long Goodbye

It began as most Friday clubs do: a warm greeting from the Lobero staff, name tags passed around to guests, and a festive shuffle to the front of the theatre, where the chatter of excitement serves as background music to a group of dancers quietly warming-up on stage. And then- somewhere between Dianne Vapnek wistfully […]

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The Dance of Discovery

Three dancers roll around the empty stage, pushing their backs gently against the Marley floor as they stretch their arms wide above their heads in silent unison. Another one enters, and then another, sinking quietly into the forming circle with easy familiarity. Doug Varone springs to his feet and ambles towards the sound system, turning […]

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A Decade of Dance All Stars

I’m still shaking the stardust out of my hair and enjoying the afterglow of what was for me, the perfect culminating 10th Anniversary residency for DANCEworks. It represented a decade of devotion to modern/contemporary dance.  The smiles and good will generated by all the performances were powerful.  It felt like a perfect antidote to the […]

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