Gustafson Dance, 2285 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, California 93105
(805) 563-DANC (3262) ext. 1

March Newsletter

The Official Newsletter of Gustafson Dance

Celebration of Dance on March 17th

At the Lobero Theatre, get your tickets!

Our State Street Ballet Young Dancers have their Celebration of Dance coming up on March 17 at 7:00 at the Lobero Theatre! They will be performing excerpts from Sleeping Beauty and choreography by Kassandra Taylor Newberry, Kevin Jenkins, Ella Rotondo, Fenna Roukema, Sophia Vraciu and more! We would love to have all of your friendly and familiar faces in the audience supporting our SSBYD dancers. Tickets are $14 for Students/Children, $26 for Adults and $36 for VIP. To purchase tickets contact an SSBYD dancer at the studio (we’ll have a table set up!) or you can purchase them at the Lobero Theatre. Check our their website for more information about the company!

Must Read: Dancer Spotlight for March

The SSBYD dancer spotlight on Catherine Pizzinat is a must-read this month along with our “pointe of view” interview with Melissa Lowenstein-Block and her mom, State Street Ballet company dancer Sarah Block.



Avila, Audrey, and Olivia at the California Classics Competition

We are proud of our dancers who recently entered the California Dance Classics competition. Avila Edwards placed first in Contemporary and third place in the Classical category last weekend in Los Angeles for the 8-9-year-old category. Audrey Biles (13) received an Honorable Mention for her contemporary two weeks ago at the same competition in Calabasas where Olivia Gobbell (13) also competed and did an absolutely wonderful job.


Hannah to Attend State Spelling Bee

In other good news, Hannah Henderson got second place in Santa Barbara County’s spelling bee competition out of 80 students county-wide that had gotten first or second at their elementary school.  Hannah’s placement assures her a spot at the California State Spelling Bee in Stockton this May.



March 26th to March 31st, 2018 is Our Spring Break

Please note that classes on Friday and Saturday, March 23rd, and 24th, are still class days.  Also, we really do start again the day after Easter Sunday on April Fool’s Day, April 1st.

Early Summer Registration by April 9 for Discounted Fee

Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner! We offer many fun and exciting summer camps for ages 3-18. We have a Musical Theatre; as well as, a Junior Intensive this summer.  Themed camps include Peter Pan, Moana, and Coco.

Register before April 9 to receive a discount! For more information and to register go to our website at  If you have any questions regarding the summer camps please call us at 805-563-3262 extension 1 or email us at [email protected].

We can’t wait to continue dancing through the summer!



Madeline Set for June 2nd and 3rd

Check our site for class parts and times. Do you still need to get tickets?  You can buy them online at the Lobero Theatre. Remember that dancers don’t need tickets to the show they are performing in and any parents working backstage during the show do not need tickets.

We also have a run order list.  Soon, you can find flower and photo order information in the same location under “Performance Info”.

Our photo weekend will be May 11 and 12…the Friday (1-6 pm) and Saturday (12-5 pm) of Mother’s Day weekend.