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2000 Degrees
1206 State St. , SB, 882-1817
Fun ceramics workshops with over 200 pieces of bisqueware and 60 color hues to choose from.

Art Works
La Colina Jr. High, 568-1558
Creative art classes: mosaic tile-making, weaving, faux finishing, textile design.

Chase Palm Park
234 E. Cabrillo Blvd, SB, 897-1982
Ceramics workshops. Create special occasion and holiday projects. Individual help provided.

Earthlight Pictures Animation Training
(503) 697-7914
Artistic development in traditional animation with an introduction to filmmaking, digital technology, and portfolio production.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Ridley-Tree Education Center

1600 Santa Barbara Street, SB, 962-1661
Specialized classes in painting, drawing, print-making, fashion and ceramics.


Cruz Dance Studio
Hip-hop, ballet, castanets, Mexican folk, flamenco, Spanish, tap, jazz and pageant choreography for all ages. 3 locations.

Dance Unlimited
5370 Hollister Ave., Goleta, 805-681-0684
Dance classes for children and adults, including ballet, tap, jazz and combination classes.

Dance for Every Body
Arlene Satterlee's dance school offers a broad range of movement possibilities based on modern dance. Call for schedule and rates - scholarships available. Dance for Every Body also is introducing Arts for All, a multi-arts after-school program this fall.

Ellen Schipper Classical Ballet Studio
2259 Las Positas Road, SB, 687-6086
Home of the West Coast Ballet. Classical ballet, character dancing, pas de deux and performing opportunities.

Gustafson Dance
322 State St., SB,  965-6690
Instruction for all levels of advancement, from beginner through professional. Instruction provides a solid technical foundation in a warm and caring environment. Ballet, pre-ballet (3-5 years), creative dance (2-3 years), musical theater dance and character dance..

Jonathan & Sylvia
100 E. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 569-1952
Dance is for Everyone! For beginners with no (or little) experience and any age, we teach you how to get out there on the dance floor with confidence and have a great time. And if you have kids, teaching them how to dance may be one of the greatest gifts you ever give them.

Santa Barbara Ballet Center
The Center provides instruction in all levels of ballet plus jazz, tap, and creative dance. Special classes for young children. Separate classes for boys. Steven Lovelace directs the SB Youth Dance Theatre.


Art Works
La Colina Jr. High, 962-0880
10 week sessions year-round Workshops for the stage, film, and television. Shana Lynch teaches acting technique, vocal training, movement theater, dialects, character study and more.

Girls' Inc.
Carp 805-684-6364
SB 805-963-4017
Goleta 805-967-0319
Drama classes for girls in kindergarten and up.

Ages 5-14
The company produces 4 shows during the school year and 3 in the summer in a broad range of genre and styles.

Young Actors Workshop
1525 Santa Barbara St., 805-569-5897
Develop improvisational technique, scene and dialog, cold reading and theater games.


5148 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Magnolia Center), 805-683-7780
Ages 0-5
Music classes focusing on rhythm and tone, and play program classes focusing on motor and social development.

1213 State St., Suite 1, SB, 884-4009
Ages 3 months - 7 years
Music and movement for early childhood learning.


Golf Program for Juniors
Santa Barbara Golf Club offers the Russ Morrison Junior program to build basic skills and sharpen technique.

Fish Camp
Training offered on how to tie a hook, coast, use tackle and read marine conditions aboard the 65' Stardust.

Montecito Riding Academy
2349 East Valley Road, 969-4029

Santa Barbara Youth Soccer
Literally thousands of kids in Santa Barbara play soccer.  Visit their website to learn more.

Santa Barbara Swim Club
Los Banos Pool & at UCSB
Features certified ASCA and USA Swimming coaches
for both beginning and advanced students.

Skater's Point
Corner of Cabrillo Bl. & Garden St., SB
The skate park offers 14,000 square feet of ramps, pipes, rails, and fun boxes. Helmuts, elbow pads and kneepads required.

Surf Lessons
Doug Yartz and his instructors provide private lessons for all levels. Surfboards and wetsuits provided. Classes are 90 minutes each.


The Astronomical Unit
2559 Puesta del Sol Road, 805-682-4711
Features monthly views through a telescope and lots of great information on the night sky on their web site.


Huntington Learning Center
3905 State St., 805-898-3984
Recreation, homework assistance and snacks provided.

Dubin Learning Center
112 W. Cota St. , SB, 962-7122
Academic tutoring, all subjects, educational therapy (for learning differences, dyslexia & ADD), SAT & GATE test prep.