SBDI - 4 pm Show 5/15/16 Marjorie Luke Theatre



For more information: Rosalina Macisco, 805-245-0794,



Are you a dancer that is considering teaching and would like to learn ways to lead, engage, guide, and inspire children? Have you been teaching for a while and are curious about ways to rehearse choreography and keep students motivated? Are you a professional dancer but have never taught in community settings before?

We encourage you to join us in a week-long training that includes an opportunity to practice new skills along and work directly with children.

Using lessons learned from over 15 years of teaching dance in schools, in after-school programs, and in community centers like Boys and Girls Clubs, or Girls Inc., SBDI’s Teaching Artist Workshop is geared toward individuals who want to inspire, bring joy, and cultivate a willingness to try new things into their learning environment.

“Our dance classes are not about teaching students to precisely replicate choreography,” shares founder Rosalina Macisco, “but rather we encourage students to express their unique individuality and embody their self-expression through the choreography.” In SBDI classes, children learn to create their own movements and choreography providing further opportunity to share their story.

This workshop will focus on teaching choreography for maximum participation, engagement, and joyful learning. SBDI’s mission is to help individuals foster tenacity, develop their personal standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry into all aspects of their lives.”

SBDI’s Dance Teaching Artist Workshop is offered at no cost through a competitive grant application. If you are interested, please email: We are accepting approximately 5-8 applicants.

Quotes from previous participants: “You are a great teacher and trainer. I want to ask the district for a longer session.” “I love the non-judgmental teaching and enthusiasm.”


This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, continue learning after the workshop, and be part of an amazing team. However, attending the training is not a prerequisite to be considered for the apprenticeship. Each apprentice will be matched with a lead SBDI instructor who will support your growth as a teaching artist. You will have opportunity to embody a vast range of new teaching skills learned during the training. Positions are open for our after-school programming, January – June. Stipends are available. Opportunities will open for Lead Instructor positions in the following school year.

SBDI is dedicated to sustaining our organizational culture which is grounded in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We are committed to hiring and advancing teaching artists who reflect the rich diversity of children, families, and communities we serve. Black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), teaching artists with disabilities, teaching artists from underrepresented ethnic groups, immigrants, LGBTQA+ teaching artists are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.


  • Nov.11, 2022 – Application Deadline for Apprenticeship and Workshop
  • Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2022, Workshop Dates
    • 12:00 -2:45pm – Watch lessons, learn and practice techniques and methods to engage students
    • 3:15-4:15 pm – Teach students at local elementary school(s)
  • January 9 – May 31,Classes for Apprenticeship opportunity
    • 2:00-5:30pm – times vary by day (exact dates & details can be found in application)


We are in business to create a more compassionate, creative, and just world. Our mission is to provide dance programs that help all participants foster tenacity, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry into all aspects of life.

Focusing on community centers and schools with little to no arts programming, SBDI offers both Professional Development for teachers and leaders as well as direct programs immersing individuals in music and dance, fostering pride in personal achievement, a love of the arts, and a curiosity about the world.

We offer inclusive dance programming that helps participants develop connection to themselves and others, a deep understanding of culture and self-expression, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. Using SBDI’s core beliefs of community, connection, and the importance of every individual voice, our goal is to see all participants develop critical life skills, build confidence, and experience the exhilarating feeling of success through dance.

This workshop is funded in part by grants from the California Arts Council, the City and County of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Office of Arts and Culture. A special thank you to SBUSD After School Program (AOK) for working with us so we can offer additional classes with their students during this special training week.

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