Giving Tuesday, 2019 (Extended through Dec. 8)

As the artistic director of The Dance Hub, (the home of American Dance & Music) I’m asking you to join me in raising money to support this one-of-a-kind space in Santa Barbara, CA. We have set up a fundraiser on Facebook here. If you don’t have a Facebook account or prefer to contribute directly, you can do so on our Website here. No amount is too small! I’ve included information about American Dance & Music and the Dance Hub, below.

American Dance & Music is a not for profit, tax-exempt organization. Founded in 2006, AD&M invigorates and strengthens the fabric of the Santa Barbara community with performances, dance instruction, and educational programming and outreach. AD&M’s home, The Dance Hub, opened its doors in 2017 and works to fulfill the critical need for rehearsal, performance, and instructional space for the Santa Barbara performing arts community.

The Dance Hub is situated in an historical, landmarked building in the downtown arts district, and features two professionally outfitted and inviting studios.Over the past two years, professional companies including Kizuna Dance, Ballet Preljocaj, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Dance Theater of Harlem have rehearsed at our space.

I have spent the past two years building a dance community that happily calls The Dance Hub, “home”, and where strong bonds of friendship are made and celebrated everyday through dance. I have worked tirelessly to expand AD&M’s programming to reach many more students in all levels of ballet and modern dance for adults, teens, and children.

Up Close at The Dance Hub
Tribal Fusion Bellydance: Up Close at The Dance Hub

There is now a national trend to take adult dancers seriously and I am happy to say that American Dance & Music has always been at the forefront, and most significantly in ballet. A newly established ballet performing group comprised of adult students will debut this month. AD&M provides scholarships to some of these deserving adults for tuition support. This year, AD&M gave rent subsidies to local choreographers in support of the creation of new work. These works were then presented by AD&M at The Dance Hub in a free community performance called “Up Close at The Dance Hub“. The Dance Hub rents studio space to over thirteen instructors and many more short term renters, giving classes in diverse dance forms such as Tribal Fusion, Nia, Polynesian and Irish dance, at below market rates.

Finally, The Dance Hub is a place where events honoring important members of the dance community can be held. In a recent fundraiser for AD&M, original Merce Cunningham dancer, Albert Reid, who is a longtime AD&M student and mentor to many, was warmly honored and celebrated by our community. With your support, we will be able to keep The Dance Hub thriving. Thank you for your support of our work.

~Carrie Diamond