Ballroom Dancers

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In addition to all the other fun, the French Festival is also a dance and music festival - and all the entertainment is free!  Each day at 11:00 am the entertainment kicks off on three stages and continues non-stop until 7:00 pm.  The stages are filled with dance and music from more than 20 different acts.  The entertainment includes vocalists and bands, performance and instruction.  Performances incorporate the wide cultural influences that the French have had around the world from French Polynesian dance and West African belly dance to Edith Piaf and Django Reinhardt tributes.  The performers include local favorites as well as artists from Los Angeles and as far north as the Bay Area.

 

The Moulin Rouge Stage features dance and larger group performances and group participation, including tango and hula instruction.  Each day our grand finale will be performed by the Grand Dames of the Femme Fatales Drag Revue - these are show stoppers not to be missed.

 

The Eiffel Stage, under the lovely trees of Oak Park, features mainly musical performances and is surrounded by tasty food and beverage vendors so you can have a lovely picnic while enjoying the beautiful music.  The infamous Pooch Parade provides the grand finale for this stage, with some high steppers of a whole different breed.

 

The Accordion Stage is filled throughout the day by performers from the Accordion International Music Society of Santa Barbara. You can grab a tasty crepe, a nice glass of wine and sit back and enjoy the music and fun.

 

The Armored Combat League will conduct a series of combats in the style of mid 15th century French Deeds of Arms, throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Guild de St. Marie will be in residence throughout the Festival portraying the Court of Henri III circa 1580’s.  If you are lucky you might be able to enjoy a game of Pétanque with members of the Court!

 

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Saturday Eiffel

Saturday Moulin

Sunday Eiffel

Sunday Moulin

2018 Schedule

MC: Grant McKee

11:00

 Lena Tufenkjian

From Charles Aznavour to Edith Piaf to many of the French Classic Hits! Lena will be sharing some original French songs as well as well known Classics! A bientot!

 

11:45

Selections from Amélie

Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

 

12:10

Lou Spaventa

Founding member of the Souriez, plays solo jazz guitar. Lou is a musician and novelist, formerly at SBCC. Some of his writing and music is online at alifeinwords.com

 

1:05

John Steven Derrick

French vocal selections

 

1:35

Jean-Pierre Tibi

Covering half a century of French music with songs by Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour and more.

 

2:15

Selections from Amélie

Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

 

2:35

Lena Tufenkjian

From Charles Aznavour to Edith Piaf to many of the French Classic Hits! Lena will be sharing some original French songs as well as well known Classics! A bientot!

 

3:15

Bohemian Cabaret Dreams

Bohemian Dreams is a sexy little cabaret troupe that will sweep you away to another time and place with vocals and guitar by Zizou, accordion by Gregore and hammer dulcimer and vocals by Katiana.

 

4:20

John Lutton

A delightful tribute to Edit Piaf performed by the French classically trained and gifted vocalist Sylvie Yarza including many songs from her repertoire

 

5:00

Djangoshmango

Performing a tribute of French period songs

 

6:00

Annual Canine Cavalcade

The French love their dogs as much as Santa Barbarans do! Honor your canine family members in our annual Canine Cavalcade.  Participants should line up at the Eiffel Tower at 5:45 to begin the parade!

(All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

2018 Schedule

MC: Steve Hoegerman/French Festival Founder

11:00

Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

Lessons & Performances of several Ballroom Dance Styles with your favorite French Music (Celebrating the 22nd Year of Free Weekly Swing-Salsa-Tango-Ballroom Dance Lessons Mondays at UCLA with Club Founders, James and Cynthia)

 

12:00

Baron d'Avril

Baron d'Avril is a French rock band based in Los Angeles. We play original songs and a few covers, all in French language. We currently play an acoustic version of the songs on the Album "Marianne"

 

1:40

Tina's Ports of Paradise

Performing French Polynesian dances with live musical accompaniment

 

2:55

Baron d'Avril

Baron d'Avril is a French rock band based in Los Angeles. We play original songs and a few covers, all in French language. We currently play an acoustic version of the songs on the Album "Marianne"

 

3:50

Historical Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

Learn the Minuet, Vintage Tango, Waltz, Fox-Trot with James & Cynthia

 

4:55

Dance Fever

International Ballroom Champion Vasily Golovin and his students of Dance Fever will perform a suite of International Latin and Standard showcase dances and competition routines.

 

5:35

Les Femme Fatale

For the past 20 years, Les Femme Fatale Drag Revue has been a highlight of the Festival. This drag show features the area's local female impersonators donning their best and strutting their stuff in a mixture of sass, sentiment, and comedy, often presenting characters including but not limited to as Marie Antoinette, Cher, Edith Piaf and Tina Turner . BellaDonna and Miss Kitty head the lineup that is ever changing and always fresh.

(All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

2018 Schedule

MC: Grant McKee

11:00

Selections from Amélie

Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

 

11:20

Lou Spaventa

Founding member of the Souriez, plays solo jazz guitar. Lou is a musician and novelist, formerly at SBCC. Some of his writing and music is online at alifeinwords.com

 

12:55

Sylvie Yarza

A delightful tribute to Edit Piaf performed by the French classically trained and gifted vocalist Sylvie Yarza including many songs from her repertoire

 

1:35

John Steven Derrick

French vocal selections

 

2:00

Jean-Pierre Tibi

Covering half a century of French music with songs by Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour and more.

 

2:40

Selections from Amélie

Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

 

3:05

Bohemian Cabaret Dreams

Bohemian Dreams is a sexy little cabaret troupe that will sweep you away to another time and place with vocals and guitar by Zizou, accordion by Gregore and hammer dulcimer and vocals by Katiana.

 

4:20

Sylvie Yarza

A delightful tribute to Edit Piaf performed by the French classically trained and gifted vocalist Sylvie Yarza including many songs from her repertoire

 

5:00

John Lutton

Performing a tribute of French period songs

 

6:00

Annual Canine Cavalcade

The French love their dogs as much as Santa Barbarans do! Honor your canine family members in our annual Canine Cavalcade.  Participants should line up at the Eiffel Tower at 5:45 to begin the parade!

(All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

2018 Schedule

MC: Steve Hoegerman/French Festival Founder

11:00

Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

Lessons & Performances of several Ballroom Dance Styles with your favorite French Music (Celebrating the 22nd Year of Free Weekly Swing-Salsa-Tango-Ballroom Dance Lessons Mondays at UCLA with Club Founders, James and Cynthia)

 

12:00

Dzhamala! Ensemble

Dzhamala is a Turkish/Macedonian word meaning big party or drunken celebration.

 

1:00

Crystal Indigo

Presenting ancient and modern tribal dances of North Africa, North America and beyond. Director, Alexandra King

 

1:40

Tina's Ports of Paradise

Performing French Polynesian dances with live musical accompaniment

 

3:00

Historical Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

Learn the Minuet, Vintage Tango, Waltz, Fox-Trot with James & Cynthia

 

4:05

Dance with Harout

The Dance with Harout Performance Company: A group of women than men who like to express themselves on a platform where preconceived notions of the "self" are redefined through hip hop, burlesque, Armenian, Jazz funk and folk dance.

 

4:45

Dance Fever

International Ballroom Champion Vasily Golovin and his students of Dance Fever will perform a suite of International Latin and Standard showcase dances and competition routines.

 

5:35

Les Femme Fatales

For the past 19 years, Les Femme Fatales Drag Revue has been a highlight of the Festival. This drag show features the area's local female impersonators donning their best and strutting their stuff in a mixture of sass, sentiment, and comedy, often presenting characters including but not limited to as Marie Antoinette, Cher, Edith Piaf and Tina Turner . BellaDonna and Miss Kitty head the lineup that is ever changing and always fresh.

 

(All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

Ballroom Dancers
Ballroom Dancers
JULY 13 & 14 11 AM - 7 PM OAK PARK SANTA BARBARA FREE ADMISSION
Ballroom Dancers
JULY 14 & 15 11 AM - 7 PM OAK PARK SANTA BARBARA FREE ADMISSION
Ballroom Dancers
Ballroom Dancers
  • Saturday Eiffel Stage

    2018 Schedule

    MC: Grant McKee

    11:00

     Lena Tufenkjian

    From Charles Aznavour to Edith Piaf to many of the French Classic Hits! Lena will be sharing some original French songs as well as well known Classics! A bientot!

     

    11:45

    Selections from Amélie

    Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

     

    12:10

    Lou Spaventa

    Founding member of the Souriez, plays solo jazz guitar. Lou is a musician and novelist, formerly at SBCC. Some of his writing and music is online at alifeinwords.com

     

    1:05

    John Steven Derrick

    French vocal selections

     

    1:35

    Jean-Pierre Tibi

    Covering half a century of French music with songs by Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour and more.

     

    2:15

    Selections from Amélie

    Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

     

    2:35

    Lena Tufenkjian

    From Charles Aznavour to Edith Piaf to many of the French Classic Hits! Lena will be sharing some original French songs as well as well known Classics! A bientot!

     

    3:15

    Bohemian Cabaret Dreams

    Bohemian Dreams is a sexy little cabaret troupe that will sweep you away to another time and place with vocals and guitar by Zizou, accordion by Gregore and hammer dulcimer and vocals by Katiana.

     

    4:20

    John Lutton

    A delightful tribute to Edit Piaf performed by the French classically trained and gifted vocalist Sylvie Yarza including many songs from her repertoire

     

    5:00

    Djangoshmango

    Performing a tribute of French period songs

     

    6:00

    Annual Canine Cavalcade

    The French love their dogs as much as Santa Barbarans do! Honor your canine family members in our annual Canine Cavalcade.  Participants should line up at the Eiffel Tower at 5:45 to begin the parade!

    (All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

  • Sunday Eiffel Stage

    2018 Schedule

    MC: Grant McKee

    11:00

    Selections from Amélie

    Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

     

    11:20

    Lou Spaventa

    Founding member of the Souriez, plays solo jazz guitar. Lou is a musician and novelist, formerly at SBCC. Some of his writing and music is online at alifeinwords.com

     

    12:55

    Sylvie Yarza

    A delightful tribute to Edit Piaf performed by the French classically trained and gifted vocalist Sylvie Yarza including many songs from her repertoire

     

    1:35

    John Steven Derrick

    French vocal selections

     

    2:00

    Jean-Pierre Tibi

    Covering half a century of French music with songs by Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour and more.

     

    2:40

    Selections from Amélie

    Samantha Eve of Out of the Box Theater Company will perform selections from the musical Amélie, which Out of the Box will perform at Center Stage Theater in November.

     

    3:05

    Bohemian Cabaret Dreams

    Bohemian Dreams is a sexy little cabaret troupe that will sweep you away to another time and place with vocals and guitar by Zizou, accordion by Gregore and hammer dulcimer and vocals by Katiana.

     

    4:20

    Sylvie Yarza

    A delightful tribute to Edit Piaf performed by the French classically trained and gifted vocalist Sylvie Yarza including many songs from her repertoire

     

    5:00

    John Lutton

    Performing a tribute of French period songs

     

    6:00

    Annual Canine Cavalcade

    The French love their dogs as much as Santa Barbarans do! Honor your canine family members in our annual Canine Cavalcade.  Participants should line up at the Eiffel Tower at 5:45 to begin the parade!

    (All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

  • Saturday Moulin Stage

    2018 Schedule

    MC: Steve Hoegerman/French Festival Founder

    11:00

    Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

    Lessons & Performances of several Ballroom Dance Styles with your favorite French Music (Celebrating the 22nd Year of Free Weekly Swing-Salsa-Tango-Ballroom Dance Lessons Mondays at UCLA with Club Founders, James and Cynthia)

     

    12:00

    Baron d'Avril

    Baron d'Avril is a French rock band based in Los Angeles. We play original songs and a few covers, all in French language. We currently play an acoustic version of the songs on the Album "Marianne"

     

    1:40

    Tina's Ports of Paradise

    Performing French Polynesian dances with live musical accompaniment

     

    2:55

    Baron d'Avril

    Baron d'Avril is a French rock band based in Los Angeles. We play original songs and a few covers, all in French language. We currently play an acoustic version of the songs on the Album "Marianne"

     

    3:50

    Historical Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

    Learn the Minuet, Vintage Tango, Waltz, Fox-Trot with James & Cynthia

     

    4:55

    Dance Fever

    International Ballroom Champion Vasily Golovin and his students of Dance Fever will perform a suite of International Latin and Standard showcase dances and competition routines.

     

    5:35

    Les Femme Fatale

    For the past 20 years, Les Femme Fatale Drag Revue has been a highlight of the Festival. This drag show features the area's local female impersonators donning their best and strutting their stuff in a mixture of sass, sentiment, and comedy, often presenting characters including but not limited to as Marie Antoinette, Cher, Edith Piaf and Tina Turner . BellaDonna and Miss Kitty head the lineup that is ever changing and always fresh.

    (All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

  • Sunday Moulin Stage

    2018 Schedule

    MC: Steve Hoegerman/French Festival founder

    11:00

    Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

    Lessons & Performances of several Ballroom Dance Styles with your favorite French Music (Celebrating the 22nd Year of Free Weekly Swing-Salsa-Tango-Ballroom Dance Lessons Mondays at UCLA with Club Founders, James and Cynthia)

     

    12:00

    Dzhamala! Ensemble

    Dzhamala is a Turkish/Macedonian word meaning big party or drunken celebration.

     

    1:00

    Crystal Indigo

    Presenting ancient and modern tribal dances of North Africa, North America and beyond. Director, Alexandra King

     

    1:40

    Tina's Ports of Paradise

    Performing French Polynesian dances with live musical accompaniment

     

    3:00

    Historical Ballroom Dance Club from UCLA

    Learn the Minuet, Vintage Tango, Waltz, Fox-Trot with James & Cynthia

     

    4:05

    Dance with Harout

    The Dance with Harout Performance Company: A group of women than men who like to express themselves on a platform where preconceived notions of the "self" are redefined through hip hop, burlesque, Armenian, Jazz funk and folk dance.

     

    4:45

    Dance Fever

    International Champions Vasily Golovin and Anastasia Banderovskaya and their students of Dance Fever will perform a suite of International Latin and Standard showcase dances and competition routines.

     

    5:35

    Les Femme Fatales

    For the past 19 years, Les Femme Fatales Drag Revue has been a highlight of the Festival. This drag show features the area's local female impersonators donning their best and strutting their stuff in a mixture of sass, sentiment, and comedy, often presenting characters including but not limited to as Marie Antoinette, Cher, Edith Piaf and Tina Turner . BellaDonna and Miss Kitty head the lineup that is ever changing and always fresh.

     

    (All Times approximate. Schedule subject to change. Tips appreciated.)

JULY 14 & 15 11 AM - 7 PM OAK PARK SANTA BARBARA FREE ADMISSION
Ballroom Dancers
JULY 14 & 15 AT OAK PARK 11 AM - 7 PM/FREE ADMISSION
Ballroom Dancers