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!

THIS Saturday, April 26th- Founding Day at El Presidio de Santa Barbara


THIS Saturday, April 26th- Founding Day at El Presidio de Santa Barbara

Join us for Founding Day, Saturday April 26th, Santa Barbara’s 232nd birthday! Come see the birthplace of Santa Barbara and enjoy a costumed reenactment of the original founding ceremony, held on April 21, 1782 at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara. This free event will include Early California music and dance by Baile de California and the Flor y Canto String Ensemble, pottery, Chumash storytelling, archaeology, adobe brick making, and more. Bring the family and watch the Presidio come to life!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon to 3:00 PM
El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
Free event
For more information (805) 965-0093

Dancing at Presidio de Santa Barbara with the Flor y Canto String Ensemble


Dancing at Presidio de Santa Barbara with the Flor y Canto String Ensemble

Santa Barbara’s Founding Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from Noon to 3:00 PM

Celebrate Santa Barbara’s 232nd Birthday with “Founding Day” at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara. Bring the family and watch the Presidio come to life with Early California music and dance, pottery, Chumash storytelling, archaeology, adobe brick making, and more!

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
Free Event
For more information (805) 965-0093 or

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Spanish California Folk Dance demo
Saturday March 15, 2014
12:30 PM

Baile de California is a performing dance company dedicated to
preserving historic dance. We are currently preparing for Santa Barbara’s
Founding Day Celebration, April 26th at Presidio de Santa Barbara.

Classes/rehearsals are Saturdays from 12:30-1:30 pm. No charge for the
first two classes. Never any charge to observe. Meet in the Chapel of El
Presidio de Santa Barbara, 123 E. Canon Perdido St. (NO class Sat.,
3/22/14.) Email or text/call 805.284.1274 for
details. “Like” us on Facebook

Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight


Despite welcoming yesterday’s rain, we had some concerns about the 1st Thursday event at the Presidio.  The rain stopped and it was a wonderful event!  Live music, audience members dancing with us, teaching and learning a new dance- Sombrero Blanco, it all added up to a beautiful and fun event!!!  Thank you to all who joined us, Luis Moreno & Mike Mullins, the Flor y Canto String Ensemble, and guests.

2014- Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight- La Jota                                   2014- Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight-

Baile de California’s Upcoming Performances


We are off to a GREAT start in 2014 & looking forward to our first two performances of the year!

Our first performance will be at 1st Thursday & is FREE!!!  We will be dancing Thursday, Feb. 6th at El Presidio de Santa Barbara,123 E Canon Perdido St., in the Presidio Chapel.  We will share the “floor” w/ musicians- Luis Moreno & Mike Mullins.  Dancing to live accompaniment is always a wonderful treat for dancers and we are looking forward to it!  We will also be teaching the dances of the California Rancho Period, bring your dancing shoes!
Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Presidio by candlelight. Experience living history vignettes and see the Presidio as you might have over two centuries ago: hear the comandante converse with officials, watch the soldados relax after a long day’s work, and enjoy the music and dances of Early California. 

El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara
Free First Thursday Event

2014 Underway…


Baile de California is off to a running start in 2014!  Classes/rehearsals have begun but new dancers are always welcome!  We are preparing for several upcoming performances beginning with 1st Thursday on Feb. 6th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  We will be performing at El Presidio de Santa Barbara at the popular Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation.  Look for us in the Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido St.  We are looking forward to dancing to live music by local favorites, Luis Moreno and Mike Mullins, playing traditional instruments.  We will be joined by los Soldados del Presidio and will be inviting the audience to join us.

Feb. 8th we will be performing at EBF Productions’ Variety United show at the Marjorie Luke TheatreThe lobby will open at 6:00 pm offering a wide range of items for sale by local non-profit organizations.  The family-friendly show begins at 7:00 pm, tickets available at the door, CASH or CHECKS ONY, adults $15, students & seniors $10.

Please see EBF Productions’ website  for details.

             More opportunities await Baile de California, historic events including the California Mission Studies Association’s Annual Conference in Paso Robles and at Mission San Antonio de Padua. 

 In April, Santa Barbara will celebrate her founding 232 years ago by Gov. Felipe de Neve and Fr. Junípero Serra with a re-enactment at El Presidio de Santa BarbaraEarly-California dance, pottery, archaeology, blacksmithing, adobe brick making, birthday cake, and the presentation of St. Barbara 2014 will all be part of the festivities! 

Check back soon to see what else is coming or send us an email ( to be added to our Friends of Baile de California and receive email updates for upcoming events.   Like us on Facebook!