About The Dance Hub
The Dance Hub Mission Statement
The Dance Hub is home to AD&M, and a variety of local organizations and instructors. With two professionally equipped studios, TDH offers diverse programming for students of all ages, and provides affordable teaching and performance space at below market rates, as well as rent subsidies to non-profit performing arts groups and scholarships for children and youth.
In 2005, Carrie Diamond and Eric Valinsky founded Ballet Santa Barbara, and in 2006 incorporated as the non-profit, American Dance and Music, Inc. Over the next twelve years, AD&M offered ballet and modern dance technique classes for adults in rented studio space at the Santa Barbara Ballet Center, Santa Barbara Dance Arts, and the Montecito School of Ballet. AD&M’s programming grew to include master classes, workshops, guest performers, and ballet intensives. All this while, they were searching for an affordable venue for a community dance space that would serve as its home. Finally, in April of 2017, Carrie and Eric walked into what had been The Remnant Store on Victoria Street and said “This feels like home!” They were struck by the beautiful wood floor, the high ceilings, and its location in the heart of the performance district. They particularly loved the dramatic metal beams of the earthquake retrofit for this historical building. They realized that these beams logically delineated the space into three studios and they are now featured as part of the decor of the main studio.
The space opened in November, 2017. There are three studios: on the Victoria Street side, there is a state-of-the-art Pilates studio featuring the original wood floor, lovingly refinished, and subleased as The Space at the Hub. The main studio features a state-of-the-art floating floor built by David Sukonick that minimizes the risk of injury and is ideal for ballet shoes, bare feet, or socks. For the small studio, David sanded and sealed the vintage oak floor to allow percussive dance such as flamenco and tap. In addition to AD&M classes in ballet, modern dance, Klein Technique™, and restorative techniques, our affiliates and renters offer classes in Pilates, Nia, theater arts, flamenco, belly dance, hula, Brazilian dance, and tango, to name a few.
The opening of The Dance Hub in 2017 is the realization of a long-held goal and milestone for the AD&M founders and Board of Directors. It is operated as a non-profit program of American Dance and Music, Inc. AD&M is thrilled at the positive response by funding organizations and generous donors. The launch of the studio was kickstarted by major grants by the Santa Barbara Foundation and the City of Santa Barbara. Our class tuition and rental fees are below market rates, but we offer additional rent subsidies for local performing artists thanks to another grant from the City of Santa Barbara through the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture. A generous grant from the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts will enabled AD&M to once again present its popular Dance: Up Close and Cultural in April, 2019, this time in its own space.
The Dance Hub had its official Grand Opening celebration in October, 2018. The event included two days of open house followed by a performance and reception. The performance included Ana Galindo’s Pacific Action Dance Theater, Angelita Eller’s Hula Anyone, and solo modern dancer Sarah Elizabeth Stanley.
Our Virtual Class Schedule
The Dance Hub now offers virtual classes in the discipline-based art-centered dance forms of ballet, modern dance, and flamenco as well as Restorative Foam Roller classes. Through its schedule of classes by AD&M teachers, TDH has been able to provide its students with:
- The physical and mental benefits of rigorous, challenging exercise
- The sense of accomplishment that accompanies progress in the consistent study of a movement discipline
- A safe, non-competitive environment where adult dancers feel comfortable to pursue their desire to dance
- A welcoming space for social connection and community building
Even though teachers and students can’t be together physically, students are being supported and progressing in their training through our virtual ZOOM classes. We have configured our ZOOM meetings to balance the highest possible quality transmission of classes with the need for feedback and interaction. Our configuration allows chats and face time before and after class. Feedback from our students reminds us that to the extent possible, our virtual classes are addressing their profound need for social connection during isolation.
The Dance Hub is committed to weathering this pandemic and resuming its full range of activities. Until this happens, we need help meeting our operating expenses. To this end, we are thankful to have received a grant from the Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts and generous individuals. If you would like to help us out as well, please make a donation here.