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

May Newsletter


May News: Thumbelina and RDA Accomplishments

Thumbelina Quick Reminders:

— Bun Bar is a wonderful organization chaired by two SSBYD moms, Christine Cruse and Emy Berger. Dancers from SSBYD will do hair, make-up, and secure any necessary headpieces appropriate for your dancers part in the show. Go to our website for more information and to sign up! 

— Gustafson Dance is also doing flower orders! Flowers are a great way to congratulate your dancing on a wonderful performance. We offer single roses and three rose bouquets. Flowers will be passed out at the theater for you to give to your dancer after the show. You can order them now on our website!

— Lastly, Parent Volunteer sign ups are now up on our website. There are a variety of different jobs available from being backstage as a class mom, to purchasing/donating supplies, or helping us to make or fix props. There is also the option to pay a $35 opt-out fee. Here is the link to sign up!

Sign Up for Next Year’s Fall Classes

The 2017-2018 Class Schedule has been posted and we expect few if any changes to be made  We also expect only minor changes in staff for the next year.  In terms of specific placement, you will have already received an email about what classes your child should be taking in the fall with specific instructions if there are any.


Summer Dance Camps

We have just a few spots left for the summer weeks that we are holding dance camps, please visit our website for more information and to register for camp. 




Photo by Richard Calmes

Regional Dance America

Allison and Nicole, as well 27 dancers from State Street Ballet Young Dancers, attended Regional Dance America in Phoenix, Arizona. Dancers had the opportunity to take classes with internationally known master teachers, as well as perform a piece chosen for them by a notable adjudicator.

SSBYD ‘s piece The Anomalous Collective by Kassandra Taylor Newberry closed the entire 5-day National festival where over 90 companies from across the US gathered together in Phoenix to take classes, attend seminars and perform.  We were proud of all 27 dancers that attended the festival and the 22 individual dancers who performed!  SSBYD was awarded the status of “Honor Company” with a rating of

Photo by Richard Calmes

Exceeding Standards in Technique, Choreography, Performance and Production Values.  In addition, Hannah Ezell was awarded a full scholarship to State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, Sarah Block was awarded a full scholarship to the RDA Summer Program in Texas, and Sophia Caldwell, Sarah Block and Hannah Ezell all received letters of interest from several colleges with dance departments.  We couldn’t be more proud of all of the SSBYD dancers!



Sophia Caldwell:

Encouraged to Apply to Arizona State University and UCSB
Early Acceptance as Dance Major with Scholarship Pending from Brenau University







Sarah Block:

Interest from Boston Conservatory

Encouraged to apply from NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Early Acceptance as Dance Major with Scholarship Pending from Brenau University

Early Acceptance as Dance Major to Kent State University

Encouraged to audition from University of Oklahoma

Encouraged to apply from University of Utah with Scholarship Consideration

Scholarship to RDA National Choreography Intensive


Hannah Ezell:

Full Scholarship to State Street Ballet Summer Intensive

Encouraged to apply from University of Utah with Scholarship Consideration

Letter of Interest from UCSB

Early Acceptance as Dance Major with Scholarship Pending from Brenau University



Isabella Fuentes

Chicago DanceWorks and Scholarship







Everybody Dance Day at Westside Boys and Girls Club!

On June 24th, State Street Ballet dancers will be at the Santa Barbara Boys and Girls Club on the Westside (602 W. Anapamu) for Everybody Dance Day. Join them for free lessons and performances.  The classes are for all different styles, ages, and levels. This program is designed to build awareness about dance and create connections within the community. Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation, it was a big hit last year with both the public and the company. Join us!

Ballet Hacks: Make your tights last longer.

Maybe you are good at searching out DIY ballet hacks on Pinterest? Aside from crazy sounding ballet hacks like wetting, freezing and thawing your tights when you first get them — there are a few easy ways to make sure they last as long as possible — even mid-performance.

  1. Making sure you have threads that match your tights stitch around the hole in a clockwise fashion. If the hole is a more oblong shape you may need to stitch from left to right, instead.
  2. If the hole is covered by your costume you can get away with applying clear nail polish around the edges to keep the hole from getting worse — especially if you have time to let the nail polish dry before you have to be on stage.
  3. A last-minute, temporary fix is to spray around the edges of the tear with hairspray. It dries faster than nail polish and may keep the run from getting bigger if you are mid-performance.