The purpose and mission of Santa Barbara Dance Institute programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.

During and after school, their Teaching Artists serve entire grades, or an entire school. Through creative exploration, improvisation, composition, and presentation students develop an understanding of dance and choreography. Students also learn dances that involve movements and patterns that develop their minds and bodies at their developmental stage in life. The Teaching Artists are not only professional dancers, choreographers, musicians and composers, but they are all trained in teaching In-school educational dance programs.

SBDI was founded in 2005 with the belief that the arts have a special ability to inspire children to find excellence within. The purpose and mission of Santa Barbara Dance Institute programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. For many children Santa Barbara Dance Institute is a life changing event; for all, it is an amazing experience they will never forget.