EDN! Santa Barbara
EDN! Santa Barbara serves as the flagship chapter and model for EDN!’s greater national network of programs. Founded in 2005, the chapter is the only program in the Santa Barbara community to provide free or low-cost, on-site hip-hop dance programming. In addition to offering weekly classes, the chapter coordinates outreach performances, cultural dance classes, and master classes with guest instructors.
EDN! SB has reached over 2,000 students and continues to serve over 350 students locally every year. It currently offers 20-45 local dance classes per week at elementary and junior high schools, homeless transition houses, youth centers, low-income housing sites, summer camps, and after school programs. In 2011, the chapter was voted by other local organizations as the program that is making the most significant impact in the lives of Santa Barbara’s youth. In 2015, the EDN!SB Chapter received a Local Hero award from the Santa Barbara Independent. The chapter continues to gain community support and build partnerships with other local non-profits to further their educational and cultural reach.