Artistic Director- Diana Replogle-Purinton has been teaching dance in the Santa Barbara area for over three decades. She is a familiar face to local theatergoers having appeared in The Nutcrackerat the Arlington Theatre, for more than thirty years. She performed with both the Goleta Civic Ballet under the direction of Robert & Carol Hanlin and the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet with Denise Rinaldi & Michele Hulse.
She has also worked with many talented actors in Santa Barbara’s Youth Theatre. Ms. Purinton is now teaching Ballet 1 & 2 at UCSB in their Leisure Review program. When not teaching ballet, she is directing the performing folk dance company, Baile de California. Baile de California has appeared at historic events at El Presidio de Santa Barbara, and with the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. For her ongoing dedication to the community, Ms. Purinton was awarded Woman of the Year 2013 by the National Association of Professional Women and in 2010 was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award with the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance.