“This was a splendid evening in every way. We certainly hope this will become an annual tradition.”1

The Santa Barbara Country Dance Society presents

Winter Dreams

Santa Barbara’s English Country Ball Weekend
You may register below to be on the wait list 

Winter Dreams Ball:
Saturday, February 17, 2024, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Sunday: Potluck brunch at a private home
Special Sunday Afternoon Dance: February 18, 2024, 1:30 to 4:30 pm

  Dance Leader  Joanna Reiner Wilkinson
Music by Shira Kammen, Karen Axelrod, Audrey Leigh Jaber

Winter Dreams Ball at the Santa Barbara Woman's Club with its suspended wooden floor and spacious changing rooms.
670 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara

Special Sunday Afternoon Dance at First Presbyterian Church
21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara  


Video: Ashford Anniversary

Weekend Schedule

Winter Dreams Ball Saturday Evening
6:00 to 10:00 pm, Santa Barbara Woman's Club
Simple refreshments will be offered
Advance registration required for the Ball

Map link to the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club
670 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA

Potluck Brunch Sunday morning at a private home

Special Sunday Afternoon Dance
1:30 to 4:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church 
With Joanna and our Ball musicians

Map link to the First Presbyterian Church
21 E. Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA

All events are fragrance-free.

Ball Registration and Payment Information

Ball and Sunday Afternoon: $70 ($80 after January 7)
Ball Only: $50 ($60 after January 7)


Please consider a donation to the Winter Dreams Ball/Scholarship Fund.


We are full and no longer taking registrations

Payments not accepted at this time. Please do not send checks.


We are no longer taking mail-in registations.

Not dancing? Ball Admirers may attend for $15.

Questions? Need More Information? Contact us at:

Covid Policy & Procedures

We believe that dancers care about each other and will take personal responsibility for protecting everyone's health. In the week prior to arriving, we kindly ask dancers and staff to take extra precautions to protect themselves when attending large gatherings or traveling.

Vaccination: Proof of Covid vaccination will not be required. We highly recommend full vaccination including the new bivalent booster that is available this Fall. We recommend but do not require masking. We will follow official regulations in place at the time. 

Symptoms: We urge anyone with any symptoms of cold, fever, or cough to stay home. If you know that you have been exposed to someone with Covid within five days before Winter Dreams Weekend, please contact the registrar. 

Refunds: Anyone who cannot attend because of a positive Covid infection, test, or symptoms will get a full refund.

Check out our Santa Barbara dances on our English Country Dance page.

The Ball Program

Click a dance name below to see its video to the left.

Another Nancy’s Fancy
Ashford Anniversary
Bar a Bar
Barbarini’s Tambourine
Dancing Across the Atlantic
Hambleton’s Round-O
King’s Maggot
The Lissome Lass
New Map
Pluck Me a Fig
The Ragg
Sapphire Sea
Sweet Cream

Experience with English Country Dancing is required. At the Ball all dances will have a walk-through and will be prompted as necessary. We recommend all dancers learn by participating with their local ECD community.

Download the Winter Dreams dance instructions

Download the Winter Dreams flyer

1. Anonymous quote from our online Ball evaluation.