September 29, 2021

Santa Cruz County’s Inaugural BBQueer (Black, Brown and Queer) Fest

The debut of the multi-day dance and arts event showcases BIPOC/LGBTQ talent throughout Santa Cruz County.


July 9, 2021

Couple Opening Ballroom Studio as Dance Community Emerges from Lockdown

Owners of the new Arthur Murray location are thrilled to teach local residents new steps during the post-pandemic thaw.
June 11, 2021

Agape Dance Comes to Scotts Valley

This weekend’s Agape Dance performances of Midsummer Night's Dream will be held in the Green Hills Redwood Grove in Scotts Valley.
April 21, 2021

Return of Dance Week Signals a Rebounding Scene

Dance Week returns with performance pop-up and open class weekend
April 12, 2021

418 Project Purchases Riverfront Theater in Downtown Santa Cruz

Move will allow dance group to expand its programming
January 12, 2021

Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center Celebrates 10 Years

Founder and executive director Cat Willis reflects on the first decade and what's ahead
June 18, 2020

Santa Cruz Dance Community Mourns the Death of Sara Wilbourne

Dancer and choreographer died in early May
February 20, 2019

‘Champions and Lovers’ at Tannery Winter Dance Fest

Annual performance returns with dancers from near and far
December 25, 2018

Students Expand Creativity in Santa Cruz Gives Arts Programs

How three nonprofits help students learn about arts, culture and themselves
December 25, 2018

Full Spektrum: The Best Local Art of 2018

If nothing else, at least 2018 was a great year for the arts
December 4, 2018

A Guide to Holiday Entertainment in Santa Cruz County

From ballet and Celtic music to a celebration of our immigrant nation
November 20, 2018

How Tandy Beal Brings ‘Joy’ to the Holidays

Behind the scenes of Santa Cruz’s most innovative and anticipated holiday show
November 13, 2018

Majesty: A New Queer Dance Party and Drag Show at Motion Pacific

New bi-monthly drag show adds important LGBTQ+ space in Santa Cruz
October 2, 2018

Motion Pacific Sets Dance Show to Marty O’Reilly’s New Album

Old Soul Orchestra’s ‘Stereoscope’ is dark and emotional departure
July 12, 2017

Frankie Simone and Che Che to Participate in Santa Cruz’s First ‘Cabagay’

Portland artists making radically queer art return to Santa Cruz for the inaugural ‘Cabagay’ at Motion Pacific
May 2, 2017

Burlesque Troupe Debuts Solo Show at Kuumbwa

How five classically-trained dancers are spicing up the local burlesque scene
April 19, 2017

Santa Cruz Dance Week Celebrates its 10th anniversary

Why this year’s Dance Week is going to be better than ever
March 14, 2017

Scotts Valley Native Chantel Aguirre Finds Breakout Success in Dance World

Behind the sleep-deprived scenes of ‘After the Curtain’ with contemporary dance star Chantel Aguirre
November 1, 2016

Dance Preview: Katie Griffin Solos at Motion Pacific

This year’s Incubator Artist celebrates a life in dance
July 12, 2016

Dance for Parkinson’s Classes Show Promising Results

Motion Pacific’s free classes for Parkinson’s patients is helping them move better
May 18, 2016

Santa Cruz’s Queen of Jazzercise Celebrates 30 Years

The success story of blending choreography with aerobics
May 11, 2016

Inside Santa Cruz’s Burlesque Scene

As Santa Cruz showgirls prepare to travel to the mecca of burlesque, the local scene—with its combination of saucy sex appeal and badass empowerment—is thriving
April 7, 2016

Hip-Hop Dance

UCSC’s competitive hip-hop dance team Haluan carries on the little-known legacy of Santa Cruz’s revolutionary hip-hop scene with the En Route Urban Dance Showcase
March 16, 2016

Gallery Tour

Robbie Schoen lets Cid Pearlman loose in the Felix Kulpa to challenge traditional concepts of dance performance
March 2, 2016

Reviving Rumi

Poems from ‘Masnavi’ inspire theater production ‘Rumi on Stage’
March 1, 2016

Form Transformed

San Francisco choreographers bring power and fluidity to the Tannery’s Winter Dance Fest
November 11, 2015

This is Nutz

Tandy Beal’s wildly colorful Nutcracker remix, ‘Mixed Nutz,’ returns to UCSC
March 11, 2015

Reclaiming the Pole

Jody Ryker and Aerial Arts Santa Cruz bring ‘Pole Diversity’ to Santa Cruz
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