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Viva Fiesta Romanticá!


After FyC

                           Baile de California dancers after Flor y Canto at Fiesta 2014.  We are looking forward                                                              to having just as much fun this Fiesta celebrating the theme “Fiesta Romanticá.”

Baile de California dancers have had a busy 2015 so far, and the fun is just beginning.  Old Spanish Days Fiesta will be here in less than a month!

We started the year by performing at El Presidio Reál de Santa Bárbara’s, 1st Thursday event- Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight, February 5th.  Audience participation is always a highlight of this evening.  Presidio Pastimes was followed by performing at the California Mission Studies Association’s (CMSA) 32nd Annual Conference at Mission San Buenaventura and the historic Pierpont Inn.  This conference is attended by Mission scholars throughout California as well as Mission scholars representing the American Southwest.  Guests and the keynote speaker came from as far away as New York and Mexico.

From the CMSA website

                      Baile de California performing at the CMSA’s 32nd Annual Awards Banquet at the Pierpont Inn.                     (Photo courtesy of the CMSA’s website.)

 April was a full month, beginning by celebrating the city of Santa Barbara’s Founding Day at the city’s birthplace- El Presidio Reál de Santa Bárbara.  This year the event encompassed three days and three big events.  Despite (much needed) sprinkles, Saturday’s Founding Day Reenactment went on without a hitch.  After the Reenactment, Baile de California director, Diana Replogle-Purinton, was joined by two of the Flor y Canto String Ensemble musicians, director, Jim Garcia and guitarist, Michael Aberle, to teach California folk dance in the Presidio Chapel.

Jim & Michael- by Roger K.- cropped

                           Guitarist Michael Aberle and Flor y Canto String Ensemble director, Jim Garcia, PhD                                              provided the musical accompaniment to teach California folk dances to Founding Day Festival guests.

April ended and May began celebrating National Dance Week and locally, the 26th Annual Fair & Expo at Earl Warren Showgrounds.  (See our Facebook® page for Fair photos.)  This year’s theme- “Let’s Get MOOving” fit us to a “T.”  We got the crowd up and “MOOving” when we invited them to join us for “new” California folk dances, the Twist, Pony, and the Swim, to the Beach Boys’ hit- Surfin’ USA.  Baile de California’s mission is to celebrate California’s unique cultural heritage and surf music is definitely a part of that.

Next up, as hinted at, at the beginning of this post, is Santa Barbara’s 91st Old Spanish Days Celebration.  Commonly referred to as “Fiesta,” Baile de California will be featured at Flor y Canto, Friday night, Aug. 7th, at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens, 7-8 pm.  We will also be dancing at El Mercado del Norte (MacKenzie Park) on Thursday, 8/6 at 2:00 pm and Saturday, 8/8 at 11:35 am.  We hope to be included in multiple nights of Las Noches de Ronda, also at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens and will be doing community outreach by appearing at nursing facilities.

It is NOT too late to join the fun at Fiesta 2015!  Many of our dances are folk dances, the dances enjoyed by the common folks, both dancers and non-dancers, of ALL ages and ALL abilities.  BdC exists to celebrate and enjoy California’s history and not to perfect it.  Come join the dance and join the fun! 

Happy New Year!


Exciting things are happening for Baile de California in 2015!  Company rehearsals for our folk/social dances begins TODAY, Jan. 5th.  We are prepping for February’s 1st Thursday event, Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight, Thurs., Feb. 5th, 5-8 pm, at El Presidio de Santa Barbara.  This is always a fun event with opportunities to see what Presidio life would have been like at the end of the day over 200 years ago.  Photos by Fritz Olenberger.

12837268465_99fe52aca1_o                                                                    12837390883_3f2f9ab579_z                             2014. 2. 4- Presidio Pastimes- F. Olenberger

¡Celebra tu Historia y Celebra tu Futuro!


B & G Club - 2014 Flor y Canto- after the perf.

Another Fiesta is now part of Santa Barbara’s history. And a grand(e) event it was! Baile de California performed 8 different dances from the 1800’s, 1900’s, and 2000’s, over 6 days, at 3 venues, and 7 events; among them 3 nights at Noches de Ronda; the Noches de Ronda audition; an outreach performance for residents at The Californian convalescent hospital; our annual favorite- Flor y Canto at the Courthouse; and twice at El Mercado del Norte at MacKenzie Park.
Baile de California was founded to preserve California’s rich cultural history but, to preserve history we must share it with future generations or it will end in the present. Pictured above are our next generation dancers, students from the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club. Last year we had 6 dancers which expanded to 11 this year with 2 returning dancers, Arwen-Vira and Kapila. We are so excited that our previously summer only program at the Boys & Girls Club is expanding to year round this fall! If you are interested in supporting this program in anyway, please email us at Or if you know of children who would like to join us, please email or leave a comment here or via Facebook- or Twitter-

Viva la Fiesta!


2013- Dress rehearsal Fiesta Pequena

Fiesta is here!  Tomorrow night is the audition and dress rehearsal for Las Noches de Ronda at the lovely Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse.  After months of rehearsals, costuming, and music selection, Baile de California is so excited for this; along with many, many other Santa Barbara dance companies and singers who will be there tomorrow evening.


Wednesday morning we will be bring the Fiesta Spirit to the folks at The Californian Convalescent Hospital on De La Vina street.  It is such a joy to see the residents’ faces light up when they remember being a Fiesta Flower Girl or being in the Children’s Parade or El Desfile de Historico.  Sharing our love of dancing with others really does multiply the fun!


Thursday we will be at El Mercado del Norte, AKA MacKenzie Park to perform from 1:45 to 2:05 pm.  Join us!  We will also be at Mercado del Norte, Sat., Aug. 2nd from 11:35 am to noon.  With plenty of wonderful food offered by dozens of local non-profit agencies, we encourage you to stay for lunch after the performance.


Friday, Aug. 1st will be a VERY full day for Baile de California starting with the Historic Parade at noon, continuing with “Fiesta Unplugged” at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens with the historic Flor y Canto, 7-8 pm; leading right into Las Noches de Ronda.  Both Flor y Canto and Noches de Ronda are FREE events for the WHOLE FAMILY!  Bring blankets, jackets, and a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn.  But, get there early for the best seats!


Saturday night wraps things up with a final Noches de Ronda performance at the Courthouse from 8-10:30 pm, or so.  Don’t miss the #OldSpanishDays- Spirit of FiestaTalia Ortega Vestal’s sure to be gorgeous, farewell to Fiesta 2014, closing dance.  


 Are you excited by all that is happening???  NOW is the time to get signed up with Baile de California to start preparing for Fiesta 2015 and take part in all the other fun events between September 2014 and August 2015!


For all the Fiesta details go to: and follow Baile de California on Facebook and Twitter.


NEW Spring Session begins Sat., May 3rd


See Class & Performance tab for details.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about Old Spanish Days- Fiesta!

Baile de California will be dancing at many venues during Fiesta’s 90th Anniversary Year!

Beginning classes NOW ensures you are ready for Fiesta!  Email or call for details.  We’d LOVE to have you join us!