Event Calendar

Contact Janet for more info on any of the events below:

Saturday, March 23, 12:30-4:00: World Dance OUTREACH to Seniors & Disabled
12:45 Garden Court – 1116 De La Vina
1:45 Hillside House – 1235 Veronica Springs Rd
2:45 Rancho Franciscan – 221 Hitchcock Way
3:45 Samarkand – 2550 Treasure Dr

Thursday, April 4, 9:30-10:30am: New LOW-IMPACT World Dance Class Begins at Davis Center (De la Vina & Victoria)

Thursday, April 4, 6:00-7:00pm: QUEEN Dance Flashmobs for 1st Thursday on State St.

Saturday, April 6, 1:00-4:00pm: World Dance OUTREACH to Seniors & Disabled
1 pm – Pacifica
2 pm – Villa Santa Barbara
3pm – Oak Cottage
4 pm – Valle Verde

Saturday, April 13, 7:00pm: Dharma in Motion Dance Concert Benefit for WD4H-Rwanda in PASADENA
(Contact Janet if you’re interested – we’re carpooling and buying tickets together)

Saturday, April 27, 9:00am-5:00pm: EARTH DAY World Dance Booth, Queen Performance 1:00pm

Friday, May 24, 8:30-9:40am: ADULT ED Friday morning Summer Session Begins

Saturday, June 22, 10:00am-2:00pm: SOLSTICE PARADE

Saturday, July 20: HUGH JACKMAN at the Hollywood Bowl, WD Outing
(A group of World Dancers already bought our tickets, so you’ll need to buy your own if there are any left, but you can be part of our carpool! Contact Mary Stark marytstark1@gmail.com)



Jan. 18 – World Dance at Adult Ed Winter Session Begins

Jan. 19, 11:00am – Women’s March at De la Guerra Plaza (Meet at 10:25am at State & Figueroa for march down State to De la Guerra)

Jan. 21, 9:30am – Martin Luther King Tribute at De la Guerra Plaza

Jan 30, 7:00pm – Rwanda Presentation at Samarkand  Contact Janet to RSVP

Feb 24, 5:00-9:00pm – Oscar Party at Lola’s  Contact Janet to RSVP

March 3, 5:00-8:00pm – Rwanda Program Update at Vicente Clubhouse  Contact Janet to RSVP


DANCE OUTREACH: Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, 2:00-6:00pm


THRILLER – September through October!  Click here for full Flashmob Schedule

WORLD DANCE IN THE SOLSTICE PARADE: Saturday, June 23, 10am-2pm  Click here for info

RWANDA PRESENTATION AT SAMARKAND: Wednesday, June 27, 7pm  Contact Janet to RSVP

ECHO DANCE PARTY AT SOHO’S: Thursday, June 28, 8:00pm  

AUGUST BIRTHDAY PARTY AT ANNETTA’S: Saturday, August 18, 4:00-7:00pm  Contact Janet to RSVP

EXPRESSED WOMAN (FREE!) RETREAT: Saturday, June 3, 9:00am-3:15pm

ECHO DANCE PARTY AT SOHO’S: Friday, May 18, 8:30pm  


SALSA DANCING AT I MADONNARI: Sunday, May 27, 5-6pm with Mezcal Martini  http://www.imadonnarifestival.com/

Saturday, April 21, 9:00am-12:00pm – Rising Together

Sunday, April 29, 3:00-6:00pm – World Dance Spring Party at Olga’s

Friday, Feb. 23, 8:00-11:00pm. Dinner and dance party at Soho’s with ECHO, Jeremy Reineck’s Latin/World-Beat band. Call now for dinner reservations: (805) 962-7776.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:00-8:00pm – WD4H Presentation at SB Progressive Coalition – Red Cross bldg, corner Alamar & State 

Sunday, Feb. 11, 3:00-5:00pmRwanda Permagarden Presentation at Starr’s lovely home – 304 E Pedregosa

Saturday, Jan. 20 Break the Chain performance at the SB Women’s March

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 12:00-2:00pm – Janet’s Rwanda talk at SB Rockwood Women’s Club

Monday, Jan. 15, 9:3010:00am – Break the Chain performance at Martin Luther King Celebration

Friday, Jan. 26, 8:30-9:40am – World Dance Adult Ed Winter session begins 

Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:00-11:00pm Dance party and birthday celebration for Monica, Lida, and Genevieve! Jeremy Reineck’s band ECHO performing at EOS

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 12:00-1:00pm – Janet’s Rwanda talk at Kiwanis Club, Mesa Café


VOLLEYBALL FOR VALENS: Saturday, Sept. 30 – West Beach
Cheer on your WD4H team at this SBCC event. Free to spectators. All proceeds benefit our Rwandan student, Valens, who is now in his second year of college.

DANCE FOR DIVYA: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 11:30am – 820 State St.
Bollywood Flashmob for a Special Birthday

RAISE THE BARRE BENEFIT: Saturday, Oct. 7, evening – Dance Hub (22 E Victoria)
Ten of our dancers will take part in the this event at our new dance space.

UNITED NATIONS CELEBRATION: Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:00 pm – Cabrillo Arts Pavilion
This event is hosted by the Santa Barbara Sister Cities organization. We’ll be doing dances from all of

SB’s Sister Cities! The gathering begins at 6:00pm – we’ll perform at 7:15pm for about 20 minutes.

THRILL THE WORLD: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2:00-5:00pm – Courthouse Sunken Gardens
Practices will be Tuesdays 8:15-9:00pm and Saturdays 10:15-11:00am – SB Dance Center – starting September 23rd. There will be many Flashmobs you can take part in, including a full day of Thriller Sunday the 29th in Santa Ynez. Find all the info, videos, and photos from past Thriller events Here

“BREAK THE CHAIN” FLASHMOB: Saturday, August 26, 12:45pm – Shh…
We’ll be dancing in celebration of a local champion of women’s rights – you’ll find out WHO when you get there! This will be a total surprise to the event attendees. Learn the dance in class! Meet at 12:45pm SHARP at La Mesa Park, 295 Meigs Road, parking lot

SUMMER DANCE OUTREACH: Saturday, August 12, 2:00-4:30pm
An inspiring outreach to wheelchair-bound folks in our community, organized by Juanita. Come the whole afternoon experience, or whatever part you have time for.
Summer Outreach photos – coming soon
Summer Outreach Practice Videos

WOODIES DANCE SHOWCASE: Saturday, July 22, 12:15-1:00pm
Dance with us at this fun event. We’ll perform a Blast from the Past showcase at “Woodies at the Beach” – a fabulous vintage car show that takes place each year at the SBCC Great Meadow above the ocean. Gorgeous venue, super fun! Practice Videos coming…

RWANDA SISTER CITY MEETING: Thursday, July 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Our Santa Barbara-Mukarange Sister City project is something exciting and new, with wonderful potential for relationship building with our partner city in Rwanda.
Contact Janet if you’d like to attend the meeting to hear more about it.


Expressed Women – June 3rd

Rwanda Presentation at Friendship Force International – May 15th

Rwanda Presentation at the Carpinteria Women’s Club – May 10th

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards – May 5th

Equal Rights Amendment Rally – March 26th

International Women’s Day “Break the Chain” – March 8th

Martin Luther King Remembrance – January 16th


Dance Outreach at the Homeless Shelter – Thursday, Dec. 15th, 7:15-7:40pm
Casa Esperanza has invited us once again to be the “floor show” for the holiday dinner for 200 people
816 Cacique Street – just off Milpas on the beach side of the freeway

Holiday Party – Sunday, Dec 18th, 4:00-8:00pm
Potluck at Olga’s house!

Dance Night at Soho’s with WETLANDS – Friday, Dec. 30th, 8:00pm-Midnight
Join us for a fabulous night of dancing to an irresistible world beat groove – Jeremy Reineck’s band!

World Dance Retreat in Bali, Indonesia, January 14-28th, 2017
Join us for an Affordable, Magical, Once in a Lifetime Getaway

Monday, Jan. 16th, 2017, 9:30am – Martin Luther King Remembrance at De La Guerra Plaza
World Dance will pay tribute and celebrate the life through dance

Dance Outreach – Saturday, Dec 10th Afternoon
An inspiring outreach to wheelchair bound folks in our community, organized by Juanita.
Come the whole afternoon experience, or whatever part you have time for!
1:10pm Meet at Sears UPPER parking lot to carpool, then:
1:30 Friendship Manor (Isla Vista) – 6647 El Colegio Rd, Goleta
2:30 Heritage House – 5200 Hollister Ave
3:30 Hillside – 1235 Veronica Springs Rd
5:00 STATE STREET HOLIDAY ROMP – FUN! Meet in front of Marshall’s at 5:00pm.
6:30 Holiday Dinner Dancing for residents at Casa Dorinda – 300 Hot Springs Rd, Montecito

Saturday, Dec 4th Morning
Alternative Holiday Fair at Trinity Church

Saturday, Nov 19 – Africa dance event at Marjorie Luke Theater
World Dance performance and presentation at the Friend’s Impact Concert

Saturday, Oct 29 – THRILLER at the Sunken Gardens

Saturday, Sept 24 – Rwanda – Sharing the Experience
Special World Dance Evening at Debra Geiger’s home in Montecito
Debut of our Rwanda trip video and potluck for World Dancers and friends

Sunday, Aug 28, 4-8pm – World Dance Potluck at Olga’s house

Saturday, April 9, 1:00-4:00pm – World Dance Outreach
An inspiring outreach to wheelchair bound folks in our community, organized by Juanita

Sunday, Feb. 14 – One Billion Rising
Sunday is V-Day! World Dance is teaching “Break the Chain” – EVERYONE is welcome to join in at 1:00pm! PRACTICE VIDEOS

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, 9:30am – Martin Luther King Remembrance
Our friend Derrick Curtis (the event organizer) has asked us to perform a few dances at De La Guerra Plaza to open “MLK Remembrance Day.” See photos and reflections on the experience from last year’s MLK Day



THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 6:30-7:00pm – Outreach at Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter
We’ll do our holiday outreach dances and share some cheer with 100+ folks in attendance, including community volunteers who will be serving a sit-down dinner. We’ll ask people to join with us for a get-down groove after our little performance. More details forthcoming…

4:00-5:00pm – World Dancers on the Unity Shoppe Telethon
Space is limited! Let me know if you’re interested!

Meet at 4pm at 110 West Sola

SUNDAY, Dec 13, 4:00-8:00pm – Holiday Party at Janet’s Home
Come to relax and celebrate the season together!

11:00-4:00pm – Art and Craft Fair
World Dance Items –  Living Faith Church – 4595 Hollister Ave

1:30-3:30pm – Samarkand Holiday Outreach
This is our first outing to 3 venues at Samarkand Retirement Home – 2550 Treasure Dr.
Note: 10 dancers maximum due to space restrictions – sign up early!
Street parking around the Samarkand complex. Meet at Smith Center 1:30pm SHARP. 

1:45 Smith Center, 2:30 Brandell, 3:15 Heritage Court  Samarkand Site Map

SUNDAY, Dec 6 – World Dance Booth at All Saints Holiday Fair
Set up at 8:20am, booth 11:00am-2:30pm
All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church made a wonderful donation to WD4H in the Spring of 2015, enabling us to buy 3 cows for our Twa (Pygmy) community and completely changing the lives there. They’re putting on a holiday fair to celebrate the holidays as a time of giving, and have invited us to have a booth there where we can offer our Rwanda gift cards.

SATURDAY, Nov 6 – World Dance Outreach
An inspiring outreach to wheelchair bound folks in our community, organized by Juanita
Meet at Sears UPPER parking lot at 1:25pm, then:

1:45 Heritage House 5200 Hollister Ave
2:30 Buena Vista Care Center 160 So. Patterson
3:30 Hillside House1235 Veronica Springs Rd

SATURDAY, Oct 10 – Soul Jam for Africa at the Creekside
8:00pm-12:00 am. Irresistible music with SoulBiscuit!
$10 donation – all proceeds to our work in Rwanda
See June Soul Jam

SUNDAY, Sept 20 – Afternoon Potluck and Overnight Retreat at El Cap
Join for a sleepover or potluck only – RSVP here
We’ve reserved 3 cabins at El Capitan camp/resort – 20 minutes north of SB
Join us for this special time together!  About $50/person for lodging
See photos from our last retreat

TUESDAY, Aug 18 – Fall World Dance Adult Ed Sign-ups
Enroll for Thurs night and Fri morning low-cost classes at Schott Center – beautiful space, easy parking
All missed classes can be made up at SB Dance Center, Sat/Sun morning and Tues night
Classes begin Sept 10th and 11th
See an Adult Ed Class

MONDAY, Aug 10, 5:00pm – Uganda Evening at Starr’s
World Dancer Starr Siegele has extended a very special invitation to the World Dance community on behalf of the Santa Barbara Chapter of Human Rights Watch. Starr will be hosting her dear friend, Olara Otunnu, former Undersecretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, for a discussion on “The Struggle for Freedom and Democracy in Africa” focused on the situation in Uganda. Starr is preparing a buffet tasting of Ugandan food, and World Dance will lead a Ugandan dance (we’ll be practicing it in class). Please join us for this very special opportunity to get to know others interested in Africa, and partake in a splendid evening at Starr and Larry’s beautiful home.
RSVP here

SATURDAY, June 13 – Funk/Soul Dance Party at the Creekside
8:00pm-12:am. Irresistible music with SoulBiscuit! $10 donation – all proceeds to our work in Rwanda

SATURDAY, May 16 – World Dance Outreach
1:00-5:00pm. An inspiring outreach to wheelchair bound folks in our community, organized by Juanita – details TBD. http://worlddanceforhumanity.org/mothers-day-outreach-santa-barbara/

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 – World Dance Table at the Farmer’s Market
9:00am-1:00pm. Sign up for an hour or two – it’s a fun time, connecting with the community and inviting people to join us.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 – Friday Morning Adult Ed Class Spring session begins!
8:15-9:30pm. Beautiful dance space, fresh air, natural light. Sign up here

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 10:30am – “Break the Chain” performance at the Lobero
We’ve been invited to open the “Women, Empowerment and Leadership” Symposium at the Lobero with a dance done around the world. Meet at the Lobero at 10:10am.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 3:30-5:00pm – International Women’s Day – “Break the Chain” State St. Flashmob
We’ll dance our way down State St. and dance “Break the Chain” when and where the spirit moves us. Meet in front of Marshall’s at 3:00pm sharp, and get ready for FUN!!!  See “Break the Chain” Practice Videos

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015 – World Dance on TV News
We had so much fun doing this TV spot, rockin’ out on the KEYT patio looking out over all of Santa Barbara and the coastline. It was gorgeous up there – so much fun! We invited folks to join World Dance and take part in our March 8th State Street “Break the Chain” Flashmob.  Full Report

SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 11:00-1:0pm – 1 Billion Rising
Dancing “Break the Chain” as part of a worldwide protest against domestic violence. Our Santa Barbara event, held at SBCC, was coordinated by the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center.  See 1 Billion Report

MONDAY, JAN. 19, 9:30am – Martin Luther King Remembrance
“The arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr. World Dance Performance to open Santa Barbara’s MLK celebration at De la Guerra Plaza.  See MLK Report


SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 1:30-5:30pm – Holiday Outreach
Dancing for and with residents of retirement homes and disabled adults who need some cheer! Coordinated by Juanita and Michele. See Holiday Outreach Report

SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 4:00-7:00pm – World Dance Holiday Party
A beautiful, relaxing time awaits at Betsy Stivers’ beautiful Hope Ranch home

SATURDAY, DEC. 6, 1:00-5:00pm – Holiday Outreach
Dancing for and with residents of retirement homes and disabled adults.

SATURDAY, OCT 25, 3pm – Thriller 2014
Discover your inner Zombie! This will be our fifth year hosting Santa Barbara’s own dance event and flashmobs – part of a spectacular WORLDWIDE simultaneous dance event. It doesn’t get better than Thriller for a communal dance celebration experience!  See Thriller Report

THURSDAY, OCT. 8 – Small group meeting Frederick Ndabaramiye
A group of World Dancers enjoyed a very special opportunity to talk about Rwanda with a genocide survivor who told us his story, and how the horrors he experienced, and his miraculous survival, inspired him to devote his life to helping his fellow Rwandans.  See Frederick Report

SATURDAY, OCT 4, 6:30pm – World Dance Demo at BASSH fundraiser
SB Dance Center, a fun dance party follows!

SUNDAY, SEPT 21, 3:00-6:00pm – The Afterglow: Jane Johnson’s After-Wedding WD Party
A lovely evening at Jane’s house.

SATURDAY, SEPT 20, 10:15-11:00am – Thriller practices begins!
There are rehearsals almost every day of the week!

SATURDAY, SEPT 20, 8:00pm-12:00am – SOHO Soul Funk Dance Party
Another awesome opportunity to GET FUNKY and have an amazing night of food, drinks and dance, benefiting our Rwanda Education Fund, $10 donation.

SATURDAY, JULY 26 – Soul Funk Party at Creekside
A fabulous night of dancing! Our local 70s band, SoulBiscuit donated their time and talent so all the funds we raised could go to Rwanda.  See Creekside Event

SATURDAY, MAY 24 – World Dance at I Madonnari Festival
World Dance for Humanity was delighted to take part, sponsoring Art Walk for Kids/Adults, a program for artists with disabilities, to create beautiful 8’ by 12’ chalk drawing expressing the joy of dance.  See I Madonnari Report

SATURDAY, MAY 10 – Mother’s Day Outreach
The day before Mother’s Day, World Dancers shared the gift of music and movement, to connect with folks who are confined to a wheelchair for most of each day, and to honor an extraordinary generation of Americans.  See Outreach Report

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 – Soho’s Dance Party
As the remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide drew to a close, World Dance for Humanity invited the community to a Rwanda benefit at Soho’s.  See Soho’s Report

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 – “Happy” Flashmob
On “First Thursday” we dancing our way down Santa Barbara’s State Street, sharing the free and open spirit of our World Dance community with passersby.  See Happy Report

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 – World Dance Retreat
The 30 dancers who gathered at El Capitan Canyon enjoyed a wonderful time together… a beautiful evening around the campfire getting to know each other, a cozy fun night in the cabins, a gorgeous morning, a splendid hike and visit with the llamas and goats in a field above the Pacific.  See Retreat Report

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Swing & Salsa Party – SB Dance Center

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Adult Ed World Dance – Schott Center

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World Dance Retreat at El Capitan Canyon

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Funk/Soul Night at Soho’s

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State Street Flashmob

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Mother’s Day Outreach