Solstice 2017

SLIDE Billion Juanita Arlene Celine

“Break the Chain” with World Dance for Humanity

Dedicated to the memory of Nancy Koppelman – humanitarian, activist, and strident spirit!

The theme of this year’s Solstice Parade is “Celebrating Unity,” and we’ll be performing “Break the Chain,” an exciting, powerful dance that protests violence against women and celebrates the female spirit.

We will be dancing in memory of Nancy Koppelman – an extraordinary woman, radiant spirit, and unrelenting champion of human rights and women’s empowerment who passed away in May. Nancy was an inspiration to all of us who knew her, and will be deeply missed. It was Nancy who first introduced us to a worldwide event called “One Billion Rising,” and a dance called “Break the Chain.”

So far we have 63 dancers, 6 make-up artists, and 5 parade helpers! Everyone is welcome to come learn the dance with it and perform it this weekend. It’s easy to learn – you can learn it in ONE PRACTICE. Don’t be shy! It’s not about the steps or how you look…it’s about the spirit we can bring to this special celebration!

Not into dancing but want to be part of the celebration? We still need volunteers! Join our makeup team, give water to the dancers, or capture the moment in photos or video…

Contact Janet to Sign-up for Solstice

See “Break the Chain” Videos

Learn more about Nancy Koppelman


Sunday, June 18, 10:00-10:30am / Tuesday, June 20, 7:45-8:30pm
Santa Barbara Dance Center (127 W Canon Perdido)

Wednesday, June 21 / Thursday, June 22 – 6:30-7:30pm
SB High School Baseball field – intersection of Canon Perdido and Salsipuedes  DIRECTIONS


Friday, June 23 – The fabulous Solstice Party at Alameda Park!
The festivities start at 5:30 – we’ll perform “Break” at 7:00pm to live music!
Meeting place and time TBD.

  Saturday, June 24 – Solstice Parade – 10:00am Call Time
The parade starts at noon. We’ll gather at 10:00am at a spot (TBD) near State and Cota where the parade starts. We’ll have a makeup table where you can get colorful!

All Solstice Parade participants, including volunteers and make-up team, MUST have Solstice wristbands, and to get a wristband at the beginning of the parade, they must have a waiver from you. We’re turning in all Waivers on THURSDAY. Click here if you want to print your Waiver and bring it to rehearsal:
Solstice Parade Waiver to sign 2017

We’re all wearing comfortable, bright, festive costumes of our own invention – representing cultures from around the world or here at home. It doesn’t have to be fancy – just scrounge in your closet or visit the thrift store – you’ll find something that brings out your “Inner Solstice.” We’ll all be wearing an ORANGE RIBBON in honor of Nancy!

There is NO COST to learn the dance, but every parade participant must pay $15 ($21 after June 18th) and fill out a waiver at one of the practices.

Solstice official flier