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About American Dance & Music

History of the Organization

Founded and directed by former New York City dance professional Carrie Diamond, American Dance & Music is a professional dance organization devoted to fostering dance as an art form in Santa Barbara. Founded in 2005 as Ballet Santa Barbara and incorporated as American Dance and Music, Inc. in 2006, they gave their first performance at the Marjorie Luke Theater in Santa Barbara in March of 2006. As Ballet Santa Barbara, the organization presented five concert series, three free community events, and a residency at the Lobero Theater.

In 2012, the performing company was renamed American Dance & Music Performance Group because its programming evolved beyond the expectations associated with classical ballet. The Performance Group has presented original ballets and contemporary works performed by local resident dancers who have performed with such companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, and Santa Barbara Dance Theater. AD&M presents the choreography of its artistic director, Carrie Diamond, of other local choreographers, and of guest artists from New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. It has a strong commitment to mentor tomorrow’s local talent and to make dance performance accessible to the local community.

Educational offerings include classes in ballet and modern dance for adults of all levels from beginner to aspiring young professionals, and Moving To Learn, the organization’s in-school curricular program.

AD&M Performance Group

Our critically acclaimed professional performing ensemble began presenting contemporary ballet performances in Santa Barbara in March, 2006. Since then, we have presented several concert series including a residency at the Lobero Theater in 2010, free community outreach concerts entitled Dance: Up Close and Cultural (formerly Ballet: Up Close and Cultural), and performances at community organizations and schools. Find Out More…


AD&M currently provides morning classes in ballet and modern dance for adults of all levels from beginners to aspiring young professionals. Classes are currently held four days a week and are taught by AD&M founder Carrie Diamond and Susan Alexander at the Montecito School of Ballet and Santa Barbara Dance Arts.Coming this summer, AD&M Studio will move to its new home, The Dance Hub on Victoria Street. Find Out More…

Dance: Up Close and Cultural

In an informal and welcoming setting, Dance: Up Close and Cultural is an annual, free community performance that presents contemporary ballet to ethnic dance forms. It features AD&M Performance Group and invited guests in a venue accessible to broad sectors of the community who might not otherwise have the opportunity or means to see a live dance performance. Find Out More…

Moving To Learn

Between 2009 and 2013, AD&M’s program, Moving To Learn, empowered Santa Barbara elementary school students through curricular dance instruction that promoted academic learning, social and emotional development, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Over the span of several years, this program reached approximately 1,500 kindergarten through third grade students. Find Out More…