Membership

 


BECOME A MEMBER NOW
Yes , I want to Become a Member for only $10 a year

 

By becoming a Yes Dance member now, you will contribute and support our mission of bringing low-cost salsa lessons and dance opportunities, as well as other dances, to everyone in Santa Barbara.  Yes Dance members will be able to select their dance classes first and at a discounted price.  Yes Dance members have also access to special packages of classes.

Remember that this is only $10 a year, less than $1 a month. We want to make sure everyone can become a member and enjoy all the benefits. Take this opportunity now and enrich our local community by your support (besides, after April 30th the membership might go up in price).

Members still pay the rock bottom price of $5 for salsa on Tuesdays, while non-members pay only $7 (c’mon, that’s still a great deal!) Members pay only $10 per class for Tango, Swing, Belly dancing, or Hip hop, while non-members pay $15 (what, sign me up for a membership now please!) And remember that our Salsa class is a four-hour immersive experience with two hours of classes and two hours of dancing so $5 is a mere $1.25 an hour. So what are you waiting for: become a member, support your local community, learn cool dance moves, AND save money. Now that’s a deal!   We also try to offer scholarships for students who want to dance but can’t afford the cost, and also offer volunteer exchange for classes.

YES DANCE VISION and PRACTICE!

We have built a community from scratch, starting with only five members, and after four years we have managed to share our enthusiasm and passion for dancing to reach up to 650 members. For the last four years, every Tuesday, we have offered beginner and intermediate salsa/bachata classes, and open dancing opportunities. Over these years, the group did not falter, and we never stopped teaching.

To tell you more about our group and our aspirations, we are committed to building an alcohol-free dancing community, where all ages are welcomed and encouraged. During the course of building this vibrant dance community, we have welcomed participants from 1 year old to 90, with a majority of the participants ranging from age 19 to 60. Entire families join us in dancing together at Yes Dance. We are especially proud of the teenagers who attend at an age of traditional dissociation, coming with their parents to learn to dance and have some family time together. This salsa community provides inter-generational interactions which strengthens not only family bonds but communal connection.

The uniqueness of this community is that it is inclusive, of all ages, but also all nationalities, abilities, and socio-economic groups. We have more than 30 nationalities represented in this community and we bring together diverse professional backgrounds ranging from waiters, university professors, painters, artists, lawyers, accountants, nurses, postgraduate students, as well as young or very young students.

Our diversity is partly explained by the non-competitive, encouraging and friendly way in which we teach, but also by our strong commitment to remain a non-profit community. Our entrance fee is kept very low: only $5 for members children are free.  We want everybody to be a part of it without a financial barrier.

Yes Dance is run by volunteers: from the founder, the salsa teachers, the DJ, to all the helpers. They are the ones that make it happen.  The community was built over time in a very open and participative way. Everyone is welcomed to volunteer and contribute according to what she or he is ready to offer. Nothing is small, everything counts! Members can give their time to help us prepare before or clean after the classes; members can make donations, such as food to share, or anything else to make our dancing environment more friendly; members can even help teaching if they have the vocation!

A few words should actually be said on the vision of teaching we advocate:

Our goal is to provide to our members a progressive and guided way to learn salsa, where everybody can progress at their own pace and have classes adapted to their level (beginner for newcomers or intermediate so long term members keep progressing). The classes are given within a safe and inclusive environment, free of gender disrespect. We put a strong emphasis over connection and communication. This is why we have people dance with everybody without an attributed partner. Being respectful and attune are key behaviors in the etiquette of social dancing that we try to convey in every class!

We want this community to be open to others and be a part of the Santa Barbara community at large. We spend some efforts trying to synchronize or partner up with other dance communities, both non-profit and profit-based. Beyond dancing, we help organize and improve the space we share with other groups. We consider that collaboration between communities is key and this is also why we regularly participate in bigger collective events such as Open Streets.

We feel that we have much to offer to the people of Santa Barbara and we want to make sure everybody is aware of the opportunities they have. For this reason, we are putting increasing efforts into improving our outreach.  We have already some web presence with our own website that we regularly update and advertise, as well as active members on social media. In addition, we are working on increasing our visibility in the local press, such as the Independent.

This is who we are and what we bring: every week we plan have our new Center packed with 70 or more participants, and on Saturday’s events we have up to a 100 people. Last Halloween we had about a 100 people dress in costumes and it probably was the only event in town without alcohol that day.

Now we found a new home and plan to relocate this large and impressive community with lots of potential for continue growth and expansion. This transition opens new opportunities to start working with new partners and share our accomplishments.

In the last four years, through Yes You Can Dance Salsa, we have shown that:

  1. Everyone can dance,
  2. People do not require alcohol to have fun,
  3. People are improving their health and lifestyle by dancing,
  4. People are learning to respect and listen to each other by dancing with     partners and more largely in a group,
  5. Diverse people, as part of a community, are making deep connections no matter their age, origin or background,
  6. People can find their loved ones in this thriving atmosphere, strong relationships leading to long term commitments,
  7. People, when feeling included and empowered, are willing to help and contribute. We have a strong community that works together to make things happen.

As a testimonial of this empowerment and personal growth, one of our members discovered Yes Dance by a friend’s invitation. After a couple of weeks of learning and getting hooked on the dancing, he started to feel that he wanted to give back to the community. Starting by helping setting up the place, his commitment grew over time and he offered to help us advertise the organization. As much as he loves dancing, he now has taken to playing music and sound engineering for the Tuesday night classes so others can experience the same joy he had learning with us.

As a testimonial of this strength and bond, on February 5th 2016, we put together the wedding of a couple that met at Yes You Can Dance Salsa. The wedding was prepared in 3 weeks at the Cabrillo Pavilion Center for 120 people at no cost to the bride and groom. Members of the community put their skills together and the magic happened. We had cooks, decorators, florists, photographers, musicians, and light experts. Together, we all made it happen.

As a testimonial of everyone learning the beautiful art of dancing, one couple began attending while pregnant and now the 3-year old enjoys attending.

This is the strength of this community where the connections go beyond the simple teacher/student or customer/service provider interactions!

On our website you can find testimonials of all this and more:

Testimonials

To fight alcohol abuse, sexual offense, or more generally any kind of gender disrespect, isolation and disconnection from society, each year, millions of dollars are spent in health, advertising or simply repression. Instead of solving the problems after the fact, as a society, we need to rebuild our social tissue and provide alternatives so people feel involved early on and have real alternatives. Now, most of the alternatives for people to socialize rely heavily o

n alcohol consumption or high cover fees to have a sustainable business or organization.  The city needs a fun and friendly space in downtown, open to everyone in the evenings, where people can entertain, cultivate themselves and learn at their pace; all this in an alcohol-free environment. Together we can build this unique experience and help prevent problems before they arise!

Let’s work together so our community can have its own new home and connect our resources with yours so we can, as a whole, expand what is already working. Your donations can make this dream a reality. We need $10,000 to move in and maintain this new and amazing opportunity. Be part of the transformation!

Sincerely,
Monica Dabos, PhD
Yes You Can Dance Salsa Founder
PS: This is a TED talk that speaks to my core . I believe there are multiple forms of wealth!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUc_zhrdmaI