2017 Upcoming Events
THRILLER PRACTICE BEGINS: Saturday, Sept. 23 – SB Dance Center
Get all the Thriller info here
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
2017 Past Events
“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.
SOLSTICE PARADE! June 24th – SEE THE AFTERGLOW
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!
SATURDAY, Dec 5
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.
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
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