Ventura Dance Class Clip

Hey all- Enjoy this video clip of a recent dance class at the Ventura Nia Center! Featured soloists are Asia Warren and Nancy Otto! Join us on Saturdays from 10:45 a.m.-Noon! 🙂 Lisa

Taking Care of Yourself During the Fire

Greetings all- I am republishing a blog I did in 2007 about hydrating and taking care of ourselves, especially during the intense fire that is raging in our community. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who directly affected by this fire. Whether you are experiencing upper respitory issues, like me, or you are […]

A Healthy Back

Lately, I have heard from many dancers and dance student about experiencing back pain. Whether it is from an injury or bad posture, it seems to be a theme that is coming up lately. West African dance can be very hard on the body, especially if it is done with bad posture. I have experienced […]

B-day Gratitude

It is a beautiful sunny morning on this April Fool’s Day, the day I was born! I am feeling soooo grateful for all of the people (and animal people) in my life. I had no idea what was in store for me when I moved to Santa Barbara from Minnesota in 1999. I just knew […]

Djeneba Sako and Moussa Traore Workshops

Last weekend, Ventura and Santa Barbara were BLESSED to have Djeneba and Moussa teach us their beautiful dances and rhythms from Mali. Thank you to Kimberly Brower, for getting them here, and thanks to all of the dancers and drummers who supported these magnificent artists! Friday night began with the Beginning Drum Class with Moussa. […]


It seems one of the goals (challenges?) for me in this life (as for many of my girlfriends) is finding BALANCE. Living a balanced life, eating a balanced diet, having a balanced budget, etc. It sounds cliche, but for me, finding balance is what it is all about. So, how do I balance career, family, […]


The following was passed on to me via e-mail from my amazing mother, Ginger Beck: Dr. Susan Biali, 37, a medical doctor as encouraged by her parents, has written a book on passion and how she found her true calling. Right now she’s negotiating a TV program about the process. Susan says passion means getting […]

Winter Solstice Weekend Wonder

This past weekend was full of incredible musicians, artists, dancers…as we hosted our second Winter Solstice Party, this time at Reds Cafe on Saturday, Dec 20. I was the organizer of this event, and was thrilled by the turn out, and by the incredible talent that agreed to be a part of the evening! Vienna […]