The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative Announces 

a New Company in Residence at the CAW:

The Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance

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An exciting collaboration brings this company’s infectious energy, impactful classes, and compelling artistry downtown

This fall, as you stroll down Garden street, look up. You’ll see artists working at new heights.


This fall marks a new season for Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance (SBCAD) and the Community Arts Workshop (CAW), as the dance company moves their art and approach downtown, and the CAW begins a collaboration with a new company in residence.


The Arts Collaborative couldn’t be more excited to host the Centre for Aerial Dance. Their special combination of artistic excellence, love for community, and empowerment of young dancers is a perfect fit for the CAW, and a huge step forward in our continuing work to build the CAW into a multi-disciplinary home for our local artistic community. With the new round of renovations we’re completing this Fall, we look forward to having many more companies like SBCAD building a long-term home here at the CAW.


“Our new residency will transform the way we approach craft and community,” said Ninette Paloma, Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance. “We’re looking forward to drawing inspiration and collaboration from our new neighbors in the theatre and arts district.”


The Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance has spent thirteen years cultivating a unique esthetic and a movement language unlike any other. “Every season, we throw open our studio doors to shift and shape the way aerial dance is defined on a global scale,” said Ninette Paloma. “After thirteen years, we believe we’re on to something pretty fantastic.”


And yet the art of aerial dance was never their end game. Because what really defines the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance, what keeps them in the studios late at night and into the early mornings, is the possibility that they might actually have a lasting impact on how artists walk through this world.


“We’re working to encourage strong, hardworking, confident, emotionally intelligent, and artistically aware human beings that move through their every day with chins higher and shoulders more defined,” Paloma added.


Beginning September 2, the Centre for Aerial Dance will be in residence at the Community Arts Workshop.

Each four-month series (September-December and January-April) will include skill and technique development in the aerial disciplines of fabrics, metals, and invented apparatus; contemporary dance concepts; choreography and performance development; and works in progress showings. Curious about SBCAD and signing up for classes? Visit


For the Arts Collaborative, what we’re most excited about is not just providing the SBCAD a downtown location and more exposure, but creating new collaborations between them and us and other users of the CAW that will further empower their work and the value the CAW provides the community.


The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative will also be completing a new round of renovations at the CAW this fall, adding roll-up doors and windows to rooms that had previously been exposed to the elements, that will be a dramatic step forward in the year-round usability of the space.


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Photos courtesy of: Ninette Paloma