Tag archives: dancer

‘Carrie’ on My Wayward Daughter
By Steven Libowitz   |   November 9, 2021

Thirty-three years in, Carrie, the Musical — adapted from Stephen King’s best-selling 1974 novel by a team including Montecito’s own Dean Pitchford, who wrote the lyrics — still stands as one of the most notorious failures in Broadway history. Indeed, the production that closed after just five non-preview performances in 1988 even inspired the title […]

Arts in Lockdown #26: Dancing It Out with Harout
By Joanne A Calitri   |   April 22, 2021

Professional dancer-choreographer Harout Aristakessian self-describes as being at the intersection of three nationalities – Lebanese, Armenian, and American, as well as a gay-feminist-cisgender Christian, ultimately seeking to break the social constructs of sex, gender, race, nationality, and creed through dance.  He is the founder and artistic director of the Dance with Harout (DWH) Performance Company […]

Arts in Lockdown #23: Sharon Hendrix
By Joanne A Calitri   |   March 25, 2021

Sharon Hendrix is an icon. As a black American female singer working in a predominately white-male, music industry since 1978, her vocals, dance routines, stellar stage outfits, nonstop smile, professionalism and business savvy grace the world’s top performing arts venues. She’s played the London O2 Arena, Broadway Theatre, Las Vegas, and Europe, numerous TV specials […]

A (Virtual) Kiss from a Roses
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 26, 2020

Santa Barbara healer-dancer-actress Teagan Rose’s mission is to support people in connecting more deeply to their sense of home in their body, to their truth, and to their primal creativity. Her Embodiment and Voice Activation sessions and workshops specialize in emotional liberation and integration, self-love and self-understanding, energetic balancing and clearing, embodied trauma release, and […]

Focus on Film
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 12, 2020

Amazing Grace, the locally-made documentary about Grace Fisher, a 17-year-old dancer, cellist, pianist, and guitarist who contracted a rare polio-like disease that left her a quadriplegic, gets an encore screening at the Marjorie Luke this weekend. Encouraged by her mentors including Justin Hurwitz (the Montecito-raised Academy Award winning composer of the La La Land soundtrack) […]

Body-Mind Centering Association Conference
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 1, 2019

brooke smiley (lowercase is intentional) was born and raised in Los Olivos but has spent the better part of the last decade overseas as a professional dancer and researcher. smiley has danced with the “rebellious” Michael Clark Company in London as well as with Fabulous Beast in Ireland, where she helped reimagine “Rites of Spring” […]

Dance Studio Opens in Carpinteria
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   December 20, 2018

Dadiana Salon owner and professional ballroom dancer Diane Meehan has opened a dance studio, California Gold Ballroom Dance Studio, on Carpinteria Avenue, just months after Montecito’s Dance Fever Studio closed its doors in Coast Village Walk. Dance Fever owner Vasily Golovin, who has been dancing with Meehan for years, is now the master instructor at […]

Laura Leyl at the UCSB Middle East Ensemble
By Joanne A Calitri   |   December 13, 2018

Laura Botzong [Laura Leyl], a professional bellydancerin the Los Angeles area, and protégé of the legendary international dancer Alexandra King, returned to her alma mater, UCSB, on December 1, to perform with the Middle East Ensemble [MEE] Orchestra, un der the direction of Dr. Scott Marcus. No stranger to the stage, she performed in Ms […]

Autumn of 42: Cirque’s Ring Pay Tribute
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 11, 2018

Man and his machines form the basic elements of Cirque Mechanics, the modern company founded 14 years ago by former BMX bike champion Chris Lashua, who began by creating an innovative aerial apparatus. In his and his team’s vision, circus certainly has acrobatics and clowning around, but also is rooted in realism achieved by the […]

Dance for Montecito: Carroll-ing for a Cause
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 21, 2018

Santa Barbara native Carisa Carroll began her dance training with Montecito School of Ballet at the age of 7. She started her professional career with American Dance & Music’s Carrie Diamond, and trained with State Street Ballet, performing in every work in the company’s repertoire during the 2012-13 season, including tours, and appearing in the […]