Diana Replogle-Purinton– Founder and Director of Baile de California is a Santa Barbara native and fifth generation Californian, as such she has a deep love of local and state history. With over three decades of performing experience, she is excited to offer the same opportunity to others in the Santa Barbara community especially by linking it to preserving California’s unique cultural heritage. Recently retired as the Director of the historic dance group- Las Fiesteras, Ms. Purinton was honored to have been asked to reestablish the group after a twenty year hiatus. Las Fiesteras was founded in 1934 to preserve the songs and dances of California in the early 1800’s.
Ms. Purinton currently teaches ballet at the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club, and UCSB’s Leisure Review program. She offers a weekly adult ballet class for balance and toning, and has over 30 years of experience teaching, choreographing, and costume designing in Santa Barbara. Diana feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding teachers and choreographers throughout her career including, Robert and Carol Hanlin, David Howard, Kay Fulton, Alexandra King, Larry Keigwin, Doug Elkins, Misa Kelly, and Cecchetti USA Executive Director- Denise Rinaldi.
Kira Purinton– A lifelong dancer, Kira has studied classical ballet with Michele Hulse and Denise Rinaldi, creative movement with Emmy Lou Crawford, hip-hop with Tamarr Paul, Classical Spanish with Marisol Cabrera, folk dance, and Latin dance; starting at age three, performing shortly thereafter. She was co-captain of her freshmen Marquette dance team; has performed with Art Bark Int’l, (formerly SonneBlauma); and worked with Brian Brooks Moving Co. during their Santa Barbara residency.