Santa Barbara News-Press Interview
May 16, 2015 – ‘Polka Dot Alley’ a behind-the-scene look at Fiesta dancers
by Santa Barbara News-Press City Editor, Scott Steepleton
Not since its inception had Old Spanish Days seen controversy like that surrounding the 2012 Junior Spirit contest, when Sadee Broida, who won the audition, was forced to share the title with another girl, Jesalyn McCollum, because of an organizers’ snafu.
The drama of the time and the way the girls handle it, and indeed grow because of it, is the focus of one installment of “Polka Dot Alley: A Flamenco Dance Trilogy”… Read more
CASA Magazine Interview
May 8, 2015 – Polka Dot Alley: A Flamenco Dance Trilogy by Jeanette Casillas
Drawn to the Passion of dance that the world of flamenco exudes, Christine Mallet and Randal Kazarian embarked on a journey to film five local dancers from the Linda Vega Dance Studio as they prepared to compete for the coveted title of Junior Spirit of Fiesta. Read more
CASA Magazine Review
August 1, 2014 – Polka Dot Alley Screening Fills the House
A fine-cut of Polka Dot Alley ~ the Red & Blue Shoes, featuring Talia and the studio’s 2009 & 2010 seasons previewed at the Lobero Theatre on July 23, 2014.
Review by Film Columnist Robert F. Adams, CASA Magazine, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Independent Interview
July 30, 2010 – Documenting the Dance by Natalia Cohen
Filmmakers Follow Fiesta Dancers from Linda Vega’s Studio to Create Polka Dot Alley:
An elaborate dress whose layers of ruffles taper to a train, the bata de cola adds much flair to the traditional Spanish dances being taught by instructor Linda Vega. As her young performers flounce across the white-walled room in graceful formation to prepare for their annual Old Spanish Days performances, the colorful gowns trail on the floor behind their elaborate footwork, stirring up the Fiesta spirits of yesteryear — and quite a bit of dust. Read more