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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A Celebration of Accomplishments

Dianne Vapnek Receives the Santa Barbara Independent’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Dance In 1997, on a warm summer morning in downtown Santa Barbara, Dianne Vapnek threw open the doors of a tucked-away studio and ushered in a new dance festival the likes of which the city had never experienced. Her formula for the […]

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