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

November Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Break and See’s Candy Order by Saturday!

Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 19 – Saturday, November 24

There will not be Gustafson Dance school classes that week. There will be an open class schedule for Level 4-6/Teens/Adults that will be posted and emailed. Likely for Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday of next week. Happy Thanksgiving! Please know how grateful we are for our Gustafson Dance/State Street Ballet Family!




See’s Candies Deadline on Saturday, November 17th

All orders and money need to be turned in by Saturday, November 17th. Checks should be made payable to SSBYD. Extra order forms are available at the studio or here online.  Make sure to check out the updates at with new company photos and bios.

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Ugoretz at [email protected].


Rudolph Week is the Week After Thanksgiving!

Classes will be held normally on Monday and Tuesday November 26 and 27 as well as Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1. (Level 4-6 look for your class and studio run through details).

We will not hold classes for students on Wed and Thurs, November 28 and 29 (Exception: Pre-Ballet 2A-Thurs am will be held) since most of our staff and many dancers will be in the theatre. All Rudolph dancers should receive an email with a packet of info for reference, and you can always go to and then Performance Info, then Rudolph to see rehearsal schedule and other info regarding the shows, as well as the News Tab for Newsletters that have links for orders.

There are still 3 weeks of classes after Rudolph this year! PLEASE come to classes after Rudolph!  Your teachers want to teach you, celebrate and dance with their students! We are open through Saturday, December 22. Winter Break runs through January 6 with classes resuming on Monday, January 7th, 2019. In addition, the first semester continues through January 26th.


Flower, Bun Bar and T-Shirt Orders

We are still taking flower orders for both Rudolph and Nutcracker, as well as Bun Bar orders.  And even though the T-shirt order deadline has passed, we do have extra T-shirts ordered for both Rudolph and Nutcracker so we did keep the order page up in case anyone would like to order.  We will contact you if we are out of any size you may order, but it is likely we will have it! All orders can be placed on our website, except show tickets.



Tickets Available at the Lobero Theatre and Granada Theatre

Show tickets for Rudolph should be purchased at the Lobero Theatre, and show tickets for Nutcracker should be purchased at The Granada Theatre.

Nutcracker Theatre week is the week of December 10. We will hold Monday and Tuesday classes, December 10 and 11, as normal as well as Thursday and Friday am Pre-Ballet classes and all Saturday classes (Level 4-6, look for your detailed schedule as we get closer). We will not hold classes for students on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday December 12-14 due to staff and dancers needed at the theatre.  (We may hold Friday 3:15-4pm Pre-ballet – stay tuned.)

There is one full week of classes after The Nutcracker!  PLEASE come and dance with your instructors! (Level 4-6 will have a modified schedule, no rehearsals and be excused from classes as needed due to finals, rest and travel.)


Many Thanks to Our Parent Volunteers

Thank you to all of the Parent Volunteers for all of the ways you help to make the shows possible and make sure the dancers are safe and having a great time! If you have questions about your volunteer commitment, or have not heard back since you signed up, please reach out to us. We are working hard to stay on top of everything and want to make sure we don’t let anything fall through the cracks!