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.
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 Baile.de.California@live.com. Or if you know of children who would like to join us, please email or leave a comment here or via Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/BaileDeCalifornia or Twitter- https://twitter.com/BaileCalifornia
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 Fiesta– Talia 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: SBFiesta.org and follow Baile de California on Facebook and Twitter.
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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!
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
For more information (805) 965-0093