Every child deserves to dance!

Why? Dance builds confidence, creativity, problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills. It aids in neural development and builds kinesthetic intelligence, and creates opportunities for self-expression and teaches alternative forms of communication. Dance teaches an understanding and respect for other cultures as well as our own. And dance education helps students develop physical fitness and healthy lifestyle practices, an appreciation of their bodies, sound stress management approaches to cope with the tensions in their lives. 

In addition to the many wonderful organizations that provide dance education to our children in the schools and in after school programs, etc., you can also give your child the gift of dance by enrolling them in a private dance school.

The following studios offer classes for children. We don't provide a day-by-day class listing since most of these classes are session-based and each lesson builds on the prior one (so drop-ins are sometimes discouraged).  

Please click on the links (where available) below to learn more about each studio, the types of dance it offers and for details on curriculum and instructors. We are also happy to help you find studios in your area - just email us at sbdancesugar@gmail.com.

Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Isla Vista

The City of Santa Barbara - Parks and Recreation Dance Classes - Not a "studio" per se, but the City offers dance classes for kids, many of them offered year-round.

Curtis School of Dance - 4915 9th Street, Carpinteria, CA - (805) 684-4099 - studiobdancecompany.com

The Dance Network - Offers tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary dance in a fun, supportive environment.  4141 State St. (inside El Mercado), Suite A4, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 225-6078 · thedancenetworksb.com

Dance Fever Studio - Offers ballroom dance classes - 1046 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, CA, 93108 - sb.dancefeverstudio.com

Gustafson Dance - Located at the Gail Towbes Center for Dance - 2285 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 563-3262· gustafsondance.com

Goleta School of Ballet - 303 Magnolia Ave., Goleta, CA -  (805) 328-3823 info@goletaschoolofballet.com 

Inspire Dance SB - Offers a variety of dance classes for children. 5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA - (805) 770-5295 - info@inspiredancesb.com

Linda Vega Dance Studio - Offers classes for kids and adults. 215 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 963-0073 · vegaflamenco.com

Montecito School of Ballet - Ballet, contemporary and creative movement classes. 529 East Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 560-0597· montecitoschoolofballet.com

Rudenko School of Dance - 39 W Calle Laureles, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - (805) 687-7816 · Facebook/Rudenko School of Dance

Santa Barbara Dance Arts - 531 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 966-5299· sbdancearts.com

Santa Barbara Dance Center - 127 West Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 899-2901 · santabarbaradancecenter.com 

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet - 1019 B. Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 966-0711 - santabarbaranutcrackerballet.com

Santa Barbara Movement Arts - 1440 N. San Marcos Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 • (805) 455-1955 - sbmovementarts.com

Sino West Performing Arts - 6396 Hollister Ave., Auite A, Goleta, CA 93117 - (805) 967-2983 - sinowestsb.com

Westside Dance - 2009 De La Vina, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - (805) 637-8773 · WestsideDanceSB.com

Zermeno Dance Academy - 5575 Hollister Avenue, Suite A & B • Goleta, California 93117 • (805) 451-3349 -

 

Santa Ynez / Buellton / Solvang:

Fossemalle Dance Studios - 3595 Numancia Street, Santa Ynez, CA ‎- (805) 688-8494 · fossemalledancestudio.com

Los Olivos Dance Gallery - 2948 Nojoquio Ave # 6, Los Olivos, CA ‎- (805) 686-1627 ‎ · losolivosdancegallery.com

 

Lompoc:

The Alley Project - 118 North I Street, Lompoc, CA - (805) 868-8446· thealleyproject.com 

Lompoc School of Dance - 311 North F Street, Lompoc, CA - (805) 736-9501· lompocschoolofdance.com

Garcia Dance Studio - 1006 H Street, Lompoc, CA - (805) 717-9273· garciadancestudio.com

Boscutti Ballet Theatre - 1100 West Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA - (805) 736-5620· bbtdance.com

Classical School of Ballet - 124 South J Street, Lompoc, CA - (805) 736-4646 

 

Santa Maria:

Garcia Dance Studio - 628 McClelland, Santa Maria, CA - (805) 717-9273· garciadancestudio.com

Adkins Dance Center - 1110 East Clark Avenue, Santa Maria, CA ‎- (805) 934-1922 ‎

 

Arroyo Grande / Grover Beach:

Coastal Dance and Music Academy - 1012 East Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande, CA ‎- (805) 489-5678 ‎ · coastaldanceandmusicacademy.com

Studio of Performing Arts - 805 West Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA ‎- (805) 473-0377 ‎ · thestudioofperformingarts.com

Please also check out the fantastic dance class listings onsantabarbaradancewiki.com, which has a listing by dance type (as well as a ton of other cool dance stuff.)