Dr. Monica Dabos, an educator by trade and a dancer by heart, is the founder of Yes Dance!, a non-profit organization now located at 705 Paseo Nuevo, on State Street in Santa Barbara. A turbulent upbringing in Argentina and unconventional life choices have instilled in her a deep desire for fostering social inclusion at all levels. Bringing the community together whether teaching statistics or salsa is a passion for Monica and Yes Dance! is a manifestation of that passion. Located among Santa Barbara’s most infinite bar scene, Monica is introducing a new concept to the Santa Barbara community: fun downtown without alcohol....
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Welcome to Yes Dance!
Dance is not a competition, it’s a community
Our goal in the community is to provide an alcohol-free, healthy and fun mainstream environment experience to the local Santa Barbara community through Latin and other dance. Dancing is not only a healthy outlet, but also a fun activity, helpful in personal development as well as developing social skills. By its social and non-competitive nature, dancing is particularly adapted to encourage interactions, to develop respect and help people find their place within a community. Anyone can dance, so everyone is welcome! The organization, originated from a student organized alternative dance activity, provides classes adapted to all levels, without restriction of age, gender or origin, offering to all a friendly and encouraging environment to learn and practice. To make sure everybody can benefit from the classes, without budget becoming an issue, the cover is kept to a minimum and remains adaptive for people with lower income or students. Enthusiasts rendezvous each week for a beginner’s level class followed by an intermediate class, capped off by some open dancing to practice those new moves.
Victor Contreras is an AMAZING teacher who has never failed to teach the salsa classes. Since the first day, Victor has given the tools and encouragement and dedication to all salsa learners that has no parallel. He does this without getting paid a penny. He volunteers all his time and dedication. He should get the Volunteer of the Year award in Santa Barbara. Victor’s dedication to salsa and the local community finds expression every Tuesday night when he assumes his alter-ego as an unpaid volunteer dance instructor. Victor has been sharing his love of salsa (for free!) for over four years, and...
Hector Sanchez has been dancing for 18 years. He grew up listening to salsa music and, in high school, was invited to start the first salsa club at Dos Pueblos High. Daniela Merlino has been dancing for seven years. She was first introduced to Latin dancing through friends who were taking salsa lessons. She found this to be a great way to relax after a hard day at work. Together, this magnificent duo created JustBaila Salsa, and they feel extremely blessed to have a job that they enjoy so much. Through teaching dance, they have the opportunity to not only...
Some comments from Yes Dance regulars!
I had been dancing for about a year before I found out about YYCD, and I wish I had heard about it when I first started! It’s such a friendly place, the people are so nice, and the entire atmosphere is incredibly inviting and welcoming. People of all ages and experiences attend the lessons and social dance and there’s always something for everyone. I’ve recommended YYCD personally to all my friends and colleagues, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about learning to dance or looking for a fun place to meet people and socialize!
While I consider myself a forever learner, I have been dancing for quite some time now and have had the honor of being a part of several dance clubs/communities. Every one is unique and enjoyable in their own way, but there is something particularly distinct about Yes You Can Dance. YYCD is a low stake learning environment where all types of people gather not only to learn dance steps but to socialize and interact with a community of people they might not otherwise have engaged with. Most salsa venues I have been to have had some sort of restrictions (for example, many are held at bars and are restricted to 21+ and some cost upwards of $10 and so only those who can afford to pay a regular fee can attend). YYCD is open to everyone regardless of age and at only $5 per lesson (and ONLY $1 with a student ID) it is also a very affordable option.
Yes You Can Dance Salsa has changed my life for the better. I was introduced to salsa dancing by my roommates, and found myself falling in love with the activity and the lifestyle. Yes You Can Dance Salsa has brought me wonderful friends from the class and from being on the All Star Dance Team. Monica Dabos and Victor Contreras make learning salsa dancing easy and enjoyable with their humor and make it a comfortable environment. I definitely recommend!
Deanna CanalesBuilding Manager at CSULA University - Student Union
Yes you can dance (YYCD) is a friendly and inviting place to learn and improve your dance skills. You will find an opportunity to social dance as well as a place to make many new lasting friendships. Among the seasoned vetrans who dance regularly, I often see new faces. I think this is because the the the smiling faces of the volunteers and the open invitation in their dance philospy helps set people at ease. It can be intimidating when you feel others know how to dance better than you. But I have never felt that at YYCD, even if you are new you will feel welcome. The volunteers and staff are often seen at events around town, tirelessly educating others about the joys of dance. This is their passion and it’s infectious.
Kelsha L AndersonHydrologist at Angela National Forest
The standard pricing for Yes Dance!
Dance Class with Membership
- A standard Yes Dance class
- Discount on Yes Dance classes!
Dance Class no Membership
- The Price of most dance classes without a membership.