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Santa Barbara Dance Arts Makes a Difference Through Dance

A building ground for budding dancers, a buzzing hub for visiting world-renowned choreographers and Santa Barbara artists, a place to let loose, a home away from home — Santa Barbara Dance Arts (SBDA) is all of these and continues to be more...Continue Reading


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Configuration’ Explores Social Empowerment

This year, Santa Barbara Dance Arts’ annual contemporary dance showcase, Configuration, prominently featured themes of social justice and identity equality. The collection, designed by Director Alana Tillim, featured emotional representations of the journey toward personal and social empowerment...Continue Reading


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Alana Tillim Keeping Santa Barbara Dance Arts In Step

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WINNER of SB Teen Dance Star

Last Saturday January 30th, fourteen-year old Frankie Harman and nine other talented dancers ages 12-17 from across Santa Barbara County performed at the Teen Dance Star Showcase Finale at the Lobero Theatre. The first Showcase Finale sold out in just four days, proving that Teen Dance Star’s inaugural year was a huge success!...Continue Reading


One Year Later: Candlelit Vigil and March Remembers Students Lost

Storke Tower rang out six times Saturday evening to begin a moment of silence as part of the Candlelit Vigil and March held to commemorate the students lost in the events of May 23 last year...Continue Reading


Santa Barbara Dance Arts Moves to Keep Kids Grooving — And a Whole Lot More

As part of this year's After-School Activity Guide, Noozhawk has done some of the investigative work for you, asking the representatives of local after-school programs about the activities they are offering this fall.

In the first in a series of Q&As, Noozhawk sits down with Alana Tillim, owner and managing director of Santa Barbara Dance Arts...Continue Reading


Behind the scene: Alana Tillim’s career as a dancer, choreographer and owner of Santa Barbara Dance Arts centre

It was a beautiful sunny day in May that I had the pleasure to sit down with Alana Tillim, the owner and managing director of Santa Barbara Dance Arts, write more about the meeting here. Being a passionate dancer myself I was beyond excited to meet this powerful woman and dancer, who I highly respect for her amazing work and personality...Continue Reading


Behind the scenes: SB Dance Arts, not only a dance school, but also a home. An article about sisterhood, big dreams and great passion

The SB Dance Arts and Arts Mentorship Program Performing Arts Center invited me this Sunday for their Annual 9th Student Showcase. As writer with a background in dancing there were nothing that could stop me from being there that day. The Santa Barbara Arts centre itself is a local dancing spot and a second home for a lot of kids, teenagers and adults in the community...Continue Reading


Making A Splash On The California Coast

For a studio in a low-key beach town, Santa Barbara Dance Arts is big: 8,200 square feet, with 70 classes a week and 450 students. But co-owner Alana Tillim says it is bigger than all that...Continue Reading