Teaching Ballet In Santa Barbara For Over 30 Years
Montecito School of ballet has been a Santa Barbara institution for over 30 years. Students have the opportunity to learn classical ballet while at that the same time cultivating a love of dance and and an ability to move freely in their bodies. Students of the Montecito School of Ballet have the opportunity to perform in two yearly productions at The Marjorie Luke Theater. These performances are a highlight for the students as they are able to dance before a large crowd in a beautifully choreographed show.
Delila Moseley (Director, Montecito School of Ballet, ACUSA) is a versatile choreographer, teacher, and director who works in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz and modern dance. She holds a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Dramatic Art from UCSB where she is currently on the faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She has performed professionally in Los Angeles, New York, and throughout the United States on tour, working with Donald McKayle's Inner City Repertory Dance Company, the American Heritage Dance Theatre, the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble. She appeared on television in the New Bill Cosby Show, and the special "Ailey Celebrates Ellington". While a member of these companies, she performed in works by Gus Solomons, Talley Beatty, Jaime Rogers, and Alvin Ailey. She performed for 10 years with Repertory-West Dance Company, traveling to Europe with the company three times. She has directed the UCSB Dance Company, the student company at UCSB, for nineteen years. The company performs in the Santa Barbara community and on tour throughout California. The company has traveled to Mexico three times to perform and to Washington, D.C. to perform in the Gala Performance for the American College Dance Festival. It has traveled to Italy to tour and perform for three years. In 1997 she received the 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, for which she produced over fifty concerts, including Choreographer's Showcases, Dance Nights, solo concerts, Young Dancers Concerts, and experimental concerts. She has choreographed for the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, Santa Barbara City College, UCSB Division of Dance, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera. She directs the performances presented by the Montecito School of Ballet, including "The Night Before Christmas", the annual June production, and additional performances by the Junior and Senior Companies.