The 97th anniversary of Santa Barbara’s first “Old Spanish Days Fiesta” has come and gone. While Baile de California was both thrilled and honored to be chosen to perform for this year’s La Fiesta Pequeña, we, along with all the performers were disappointed to not experience the excitement of a full audience. However, both the preshow and the entire show were recorded and may be seen on YouTube®. The link to La Fiesta Pequeña 2021 is: https://youtu.be/disqb6SgAQw You may also watch the televised La Fiesta Pequeña 2020 on YouTube®. It features favorite performances of the past eight years including, Las Fiesteras dancing an Early California version of La Cachucha. Six of the members of Las Fiesteras have continued to dance with Baile de California. Here is the link to 2020, https://youtu.be/ji5lH35LTXo .
COVID-19 did not stop BdC from performing. In addition to a scaled back Pequeña, we danced twice on the stage at Paseo Nuevo. We were particularly excited to dance there as our good friend, Rafa Martel’s store, Viva Santa Barbara, is located there. Rafa and his mom, Mely, have been good friends and supporters of BdC for several years. Thank you, Viva Santa Barbara!
Baile de California started off Fiesta week by guest performing with (see photo above) La Boheme Dance Group at the beautiful and historic Rancho Santa Barbara. We will let you know when the video of the event is available. From there we went onto perform at six senior facilities in Goleta and Santa Barbara. Although this was not the Fiesta we rehearsed and hoped for, it was incredible to bring the Fiesta Spirit to so many seniors who haven’t been able to be out in the public for 17 months. We truly experienced the power and joy of dance! And not to leave out Santa Barbara’s youngest citizens, we danced for First Presbyterian Church’s Early Childhood Center. We had children as young as 14 months watching and swaying to the music. We even performed for their church members after their Fiesta Sunday service at which our good friend, Tony Ybarra played guitar.
We have two big events coming up to finish the year off and would LOVE to have you join us. First, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is having their 36th annual Vaquero Show & Sale, November 13th and 14th. BdC will be performing and teaching both days. Check our Facebook page for details.
Mark your calendars NOW for December 18th & 19th! Once again, BdC will be the Guest Artists for the Christmas Revels show, An Early California Celebration of the Winter Solstice. We are so excited to be back at the Lobero Theatre for the Revels annual event. Auditions for dancers for the Revels company will be Sat., Oct. 2ndat about 12:30. Text me at 805-284.1274 for details.
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.
New performances added for Baile de California! Join us at the French Festival dancing the Quadrille. A social dance for couples which led to the famous CanCan! It is a fun, & frivolity filled dance for ALL!
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
For more information (805) 965-0093 or http://sbthp.org/
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 Thursdayon Feb. 6th, 5:00 to 8:00 pm. We will be performing at El Presidiode Santa Barbara at the popular Presidio Pastimes by Candlelight, sponsored by the SantaBarbara 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 LukeTheatre. The 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.
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 Barbara. Early-California dance, pottery, archaeology, blacksmithing, adobe brick making, birthday cake, and the presentation of St. Barbara 2014 will all be part of the festivities!
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