I Can Fly!

My most recent dance feature in the Independent is about Santa Barbara’s first and only dedicated aerial dance studio, La Petite Chouette (The Little Owl, in French). Owner Ninette Paloma is a passionate, dedicated teacher and longtime circus artist who trained with some of the celebrities of Cirque du Soleil. She loves her work, and her students love her.

Ninette Paloma

I had the privilege of sitting in on her advanced youth class one afternoon last week, and now I’m eager to go try out some of their moves–especially the long tumbling descents that I imagine must feel almost as good as flying. If you’re in town, I suggest you check out the studio, which is located off lower Milpas Street between the Hamburger Habit and the Batting Cages. You might just find me hanging around.

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