The Drum Doctor - Hand drum repair, maintenance and restoration

Dancing in the Streets

Dancing as an Expression of Drumming

Drumming and dancing. Dancing and drumming. Like the chicken and the egg, drumming and dancing are as inseparable as the heartbeat and the breath.

Those of us living in the oasis called Santa Cruz have the good fortune to keep company with myriads of gifted dancers representing vast arrays of cultures and styles. Dancing in the Streets celebrates our good fortune, and on this page we share with you our grattitude to the gods and to the dancers who share with us their joy.

We feature Santa Cruz' Dancing in the Streets, which is part of National Dance Week and features local dancers. But we gladly acknowledge dancers from all corners of our world.

We encourage you to alert us of noteworthy events coming up by dropping us a line at, calling us at +1 (831) 428-6626 or filling out a contact form.

Cultura Calinete

A poster with a dancer dancing.

When: Friday, February 24
Where: Mello Center, Watsonville CA
Fee: $5 Students/Seniors - $10 Adults

Watsonville High Dance hosts the 14th annual fund raiser to benefit students seeking to further their education. Featuring performances from a variety of genres and cultures by Shakti Bakti, Desert Dream, Watsonville Taiko, Luis Sanches, Natureza African Dance Co. and many others.

The show pomises great entertainment and fun at a terrific bargain. Dr. Tom gives it two thumbs up! And it's for a great cause!

Shakti Bhakti Ensemble

A group of Indian dancers in a pose.

Shakti Bhakti Ensemble is a local bay-area dance group dedicated to the exposition of classical Indian dance and eastern spiritual art. They offer classes, workshops and performances on a regular basis.

Santa Clara Travel Show

Shakti Bhakti Ensemble will perform three Odissi Dance choreographies on the Global Beats stage at the Santa Clara Travel Show.

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017
Where: Santa Clara Convention Center
Fee: ?


Shakti Bhakti Ensemble will perform the Odissi dance choreography titled "Hari Om" at Cultura Caliente: A multi cultural dance performance

When: Friday, February 24, 2017
Where: Mello Theater, Watsonville CA
Fee: ?

More info for Shakti Bhakti's events at

Abhinaya Dance Company

The Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose was founded by its Artistic Director Mythili Kumar in 1980, to present innovative and professional quality performances of South Indian classical dance forms.

A poster with the silhouette of a dancer.

Spring Recital

When: April 1, 2017
Where: School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose
Fee: ?

Rasika Kumar Solo Performance

When: May 6, 2017
Where: Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto, CA
Fee: ?

More info for Abhinaya Dance Company's events at

Dancing In The Streets 2015

While we were not able to attend every performance of this year's event, we did manage to capture on video a good selection from the schedule. Please enjoy.

World Danze Misfits -->

Dancers dancing a fusion of styles in the stsreet.

More fusion fun danced in the street.

<-- World Danze Misfits 2

Young Ballerinas -->

Young girls dancig ballet.

Two ballerinas dance on the street.

<-- Teen Ballet

Teen Ballet Duo -->

A pair of ballerinas dancing on Pacific Avenue, in Santa Cruz.

A ballet dancer in ethnic dress dancing in the street.

<-- Folk Ballet

Hip Hoppers -->

Ladies dancing hip hop in the street.

Odissi dancers in full attire dancing on Pacific Avenue.

<-- Shakti Bakti

Break Dancing Kids -->

Young children break dancing.

Dancers performing to Brazilian music.

<-- Brazilian

Romantic Dance -->

Classically trained dancers performing a romantic dance.

A Dancer dancing in the street.

<-- Gypsy

Modern Dance -->

Troupe of talented dancers dancing in a comtemporary style.

More modern dance from the contemporary troupe of dancers.

<-- Modern Dance 2

Modern Dance 3 -->

Skilled dancers performing modern dance in on Pacific Avenue.

Ballet in a contemporary style danced in the street.

<-- Modern Ballet

Novice Dancers -->

Young children just learning to dance give it all they got.

Dancers in ethnic attire dance a folk dance.

<-- Folk Dance

Contemporary Dance -->

Contemporary dancers performing and interacting with the audience.

Two dancers interpreting the courtship dance.

<-- Courtship Dance

Break Dancers -->

Break dancers entertaining the crowd.

Two dancers performing Afro-Brazilian dance.

<-- Afro-Brazilian Couple

Afro-Brazilian Her -->

An Afro-Brazilian dancer performs on Pacific Avenue.

A male dancer performs Afro-Brazilian dance.

<-- Afro-Brazilian Him

Afro-Brazilian Celebration -->

Everyone dances in the street.