photo:Spirit and Junior Spirit 2017 Spirit of Fiesta - Norma Escárcega and Junior Spirit of Fiesta - Eve Flores

Spirit and Junior Spirit

Spirit and Junior Spirit 2017

The Spirit and Junior Spirit of Fiesta represent the charm and beauty of the culture of Old Spanish Days.

Santa Barbara has many local dance schools that instruct students in the multi-cultural dances of Spain, Mexico, and early California. Young performers dedicate countless hours preparing for this annual event and for an honor to represent Old Spanish Days as the “Spirit of Fiesta” and the “Junior Spirit of Fiesta.” The Spirit of Fiesta leads the annual parade in a traditional white dress and embodies the gaiety and vitality of Santa Barbara's annual summer festival. She has come to be the visual representation of Fiesta, a goodwill ambassador to local residents and visitors alike.

2017 Spirit of Fiesta - Norma Escárcega

Norma won the title of Spirit of Fiesta by competing among 10 other dancers. She proudly represents San Marcos High School as their Senior Class Vice President. Throughout high school Norma has been enrolled in AP and honors classes. She volunteers at Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center by assisting those with disabilities. She aspires to become a probation officer in the future. Having danced Flamenco for 15 years, she's experienced and enjoyed all aspects of Fiesta and the tradition it holds. Representing Santa Barbara as 2017 Spirit of Fiesta will allow her to not only impact the youth, but also share her passion for Flamenco with her community. Congratulations to Norma!

2017 Junior Spirit of Fiesta- Eve Flores

Eve was chosen among 12 other performers to represent our community as the 2017 Junior Spirit of Fiesta. She is currently in 5th grade at Hope School. Eve enjoys reading, writing and drawing in her spare time. Her favorite subjects are Science and History. Earth is significant to her, so Eve participates in environmental community service regularly. She has participated in two spelling bees, Math Super bowl, Battle of the Books and enjoys educational competitions. Eve started dancing at the age of  four in a dance company in Mexico and she has loved being on stage ever since. She loves watching the smiles on people's faces as she dances. She is honored to become Junior Spirit of Fiesta 2017.  Congratulations to Eve!

photos by Fritz Olenberger