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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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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Ten Years of DANCE and Counting

I’m happy to emerge from winter hibernation to update everyone on our plans to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of DANCEworks. We’ve been working away behind the scenes to decide the best way to celebrate the special occasion.  Now it’s official. Our artist in residence this year will be the irrepressible Doug Elkins. He visited with me […]

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Gratitude

There’s always the possibility of getting hokey when writing words of gratitude.  Our culture is inundated with platitudes about gratitude.  Here are a few more:   By now, you’re either gagging or loving these sentiments.  But, come this time of year, I can’t resist thinking of all that I’m grateful for.  Since this is a […]

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It’s All in the Family

  “A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.”– Ogden Nash Family.  Such a loaded word with so many complex meanings that vary for each of us.  It’s a term that is universally understood and emotionally charged.  For the purposes of this […]

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you’re in my space!

Dance classes come with many challenges and unspoken psycho drama. Issues of personal space in a dance class are very PERSONAL!  Rarely spoken of.  Always present. There are dancers who want to always take the same place at the ballet barre. As if there’s a “reserved for…” sign written there that should be obvious to all. […]

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