Santa Barbara Dance Institute Appoints New Director of Operations | Culture & Leisure


Posted on January 18, 2022
| 4:11 p.m.

Franchesca Marisol Cabrera

Franchesca Marisol Cabrera has joined the staff of Santa Barbara Dance Institute (SBDI) as Director of Operations, SBDI brings dance education programs to public schools and provides professional development in dance for teachers. Marisol brings her extensive experience in teaching and administration to the non-profit dance field.

Working with schools and community centers with little or no arts programming since 2005, SBDI’s programs immerse students in music and dance, fostering pride in personal achievement, a love of the arts, and curiosity for the world. Through hands-on programming and professional development, SBDI reached 25,000 children, 80 teachers and 30,000 viewers.

SBDI offers cohesive and structured dance classes with an emphasis on celebrating Latin culture, as well as current music and dance relevant to the communities it serves.

“We were expecting and looking for someone to fill the role who was strong as a teaching artist, as well as administratively,” said Rosalina Macisco, Founder and Executive Director of SBDI. “Ms. Cabrera is passionate about arts education and understands the unique value and life-changing experience that SBDI brings to children who collaborate and associate through the arts.

“I am beyond thrilled to have Ms. Cabrera, a fellow Latinx, joining our team. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I look forward and excited to what will happen as we begin to work together.”

Prior to joining the staff of SBDI, Cabrera co-founded ColectivXs, an interdisciplinary collective working to embody, represent, honor, question and challenge the space for expression of Latinx identities. Recently, she presented an oral history research project titled Danza Guadalupana, A Family Legacy Rooted in Dance, Cultural Tradition, Spirituality, and Community at the National Dance Education Organization’s 2021 online conference.

Cabrera earned his BA in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA and his MA in Arts Education from New York University.

Originally from California and fluent in Spanish, Cabrera said she aims to provide engaging connections through artistic experiences in educational settings, through television and film; and serve as a consultant to various arts organizations and cultural institutions, and collaborate with members of the local and national community.

Returning to California after 10 years of living, working and performing in New York, his recent work includes partnering with the State Street Ballet as translator, performer and co-host of a five-part video series on creation. of a new production; serve as assistant rehearsal director on a film staging for the 2022 Flamenco Arts Festival Virtual Experience; and serving as a bilingual host for Univision’s broadcast of Old Spanish Days Fiesta Pequeña.

To learn more about SBDI, visit or call Macisco, 805-245-0794.


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