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Some interests in life come and go. Others, If you’re lucky, hang around for a lifetime.

It’s hard for me to believe that I have loved dance since I was a toddler. Even before toddlerhood,if you believed my mother! That’s a long time ago.


I loved dance throughout childhood, took a few detours during adolescence, then returned to it, in one form or another,  throughout adulthood.

I can no longer dance personally because of physical limitations. However, for the past two decades, as a result of a non-profit organization I founded, I’ve been able to promote and support dance.  At a time when it too frequently feels as if the world is going to hell, I am fortunate enough to have an alternative focus.  I like to think what we do here at DANCEworks makes a small contribution to elevating the best side of our humanity.

In a few days, a new season of DANCEworks will begin. I’ll soon have the pleasure and honor of welcoming Adam Barruch and his dancers to Santa Barbara.  I’ll wake up each morning with a jolt of pleasure, knowing that the artists are in residence at the historic Lobero Theatre, just a few blocks away from where I live.

During the month, I’ll soak up the dancers’ energy, revel in their talent and share food, drinks and laughs with them. I’ll gain new perspectives, meet new people, and have the deep satisfaction of knowing that right here, right now we are contributing to the future of dance in America.

A gift will arrive soon that is about to be unwrapped.  I like to think it’s here for everyone.

DANCEworks 2015:  September 1-26th. 


Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.


  • enlight60 says:

    so happy to see Adam’s work soon! And now it’s no secret at all from where your grandchildren’s over-the-top cuteness factor stems! Great photo, Dianne! thanks for sharing…

  • mark dendy says:

    so beautiful written. this is going to be a great one! revel in the month! it will be over before your know it!!!xoxoxo mark

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