Franchesca Marisol Cabrera
, a former Spirit of Fiesta, returns to Santa Barbara
as Education co-ordinator with Ballet Hispanico
will teach dance to students in local elementary schools as part of Ballet Hispanico's
week-long residence made possible by a generous gift from Jody and John '75 Arnhold.
A graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in World Arts in Cultures, Ms. Cabrera credits her early exposure to dance to Santa Barbara's rich and diverse dance community.
dance training in the styles of Classical Spanish, Flamenco, Baroque, Ballet and Mexican Folklorico, among others.
family, The Cabrera Family, has been actively involved in Old Spanish Days Fiesta for the last 27 years.
was the Spirit of Fiesta in 2001 and her
youth performing dance ensemble, Bailes de España, presented Classical Spanish, Flamenco and regional dances of Spain during Fiesta over the last 15 years.
In addition to performing, Ms. Cabrera
grew to love arts education and sharing the importance of the performing and visual arts with young people.
She returned to her alma mater, La Patera School, to work with 5th and 6th grade students for her senior project at UCLA.
She was later employed by Children's Creative Project as a Teaching Artist for dance serving McKinley School, Washington School, Harding School and PVAC, (Performing & Visual Arts Camp).
Ms. Cabrera recently completed her Master's in Arts Education at NYU's Gallatin School in a self-designed program: "Integrated Arts Curriculum for Elementary School Classrooms with an emphasis on Critical Thinking.
Currently Ms. Cabrera is a Program Coordinator in Ballet Hispanico's Education & Outreach area and manages the organization's second company, BHdos.