Santa Barbara Dance Institute Event-Of-The-Year 2017 “The Letter”

SBDI’s “Event-of-the-Year” is the culmination of our yearlong educational dance programs. Hundreds of students have been taking dance classes once a week for the entire school year to prepare for this very special event.

THE LETTER will feature just under 300 energetic young performers from elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as special guest performers including schoolteachers, parents, and community members from Zumba Santa Barbara with Josette. SBDI’s Event-Of-The-Year is an inspiring hour of dance and music that is perfect for the whole family.

Bill Cirone, County Superintendent of Schools says, “This is one show you won’t want to
 miss!” It has been coined the “Feel-Good Show of the Year,” by our former County Arts Commissioner, Ginny Brush and in 2010 SBDI was awarded Santa Barbara Independent’s “Best Youth Performance” by Elizabeth Schwyzer.


THE LETTER is an original dance/theater piece. It is written by Rosalina Macisco & choreographed by SBDI; with sound design by Michael Mortilla. Teaching Artist include Rosalina Macisco, Lauren Macioce and Mariah Korte.

Everyone has experienced events in life that have given him or her scars. Scars are what make a person unique and beautiful. This year’s production is modeled after a very popular letter called, Dear Chase, which is well known on the Internet.  THE LETTER is the story of a father writing to his 8 year old child, Sam, on his first day in the third grade. He writes about the bullies he encountered when he was in elementary school and what he would have done differently. Through the letter, both the audience and Sam experience different scenarios based on his father’s true stories. The letter also gives Sam some new things to think about, in regards to bullying. It tells him that childhood scars, even ones that are painful, make each one of us unique, and can instill the confidence a child needs to embrace his or her own uniqueness.

SBDI will have two shows this year:

May 21st at 4pm – Marjorie Luke Theater – 721 Cota St. Santa Barbara, CA, 93103. You can click here to buy tickets now

May 17th at 7pm – Solvang Elementary School Gym – 565 Atterdag Rd, Solvang, CA 93463. Tickets at the door

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