BRIEF HISTORY OF SPECTORDANCE
SpectorDance is a non-profit organization, incorporated 501(c)(3) in1996.
Since 1997, SpectorDance Company has presented dance media works that explore themes that add depth and discovery to performances. SpectorDance works have received local, statewide and national recognition. The beauty, rich heritage, and culture of Monterey County are reflected in each dance work.
Fran Spector Atkins, Artistic Director and Founder of SpectorDance, brings a lifetime of dance experience to Monterey County. She is recognized as a master teacher, award-winning choreographer, and international guest artist.
Since 1996, Spector Atkins has collaborated with William Roden, media artist. Their dance media works utilize an innovative process that digitally blends music, spoken word and film.In 2002, SpectorDance opened a state-of-the-art dance space that provides both a studio for classes and rehearsals and a performance venue for SpectorDance and other choreographers. SpectorDance has received significant acknowledgement from the local community and beyond. In December 2006, Spector Atkins was honored by Carmel Magazine as one of “Ten individuals in Monterey County making significant altruistic contributions to the community.”
In November 2006, Spector Atkins was the featured cover story for Monterey Magazine. In January 2007, SpectorDance was honored by The Arts Council for Monterey County at the annual Champion for the Arts celebration as “Outstanding Arts Organization in Monterey County.” In February 2008, SpectorDance was nominated by the Arts Council for Monterey County and selected as national finalist for Ovation TV award for “Excellence in the Performing Arts.” SpectorDance is supported by a wide range of donors, from individuals and businesses, to large philanthropic organizations. In 2011, SpectorDance was the winner of $20,000 in the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” initiative.”
“Fran Spector’s work is intelligent and creative. She is exceptionally successful at blending artistry and scholarship in her work. Often inspired by the landscapes and people of Monterey County, her choreography is beautiful, even as she explores complex issues such as social justice and coming of age in a violent world. Fran’s collaborative work is of the highest caliber.” -Colleen Bailey, Executive Director of the National Steinbeck Center
“We were very impressed by SpectorDance’s professionalism, organization and follow-through. Lesson plans were thorough and creative, and it was a joy to see the students make connections between their own lives and those of the characters in the books when speaking about the themes. The performance was lovely, and we received positive feedback from the students, who were clearly better prepared to absorb and understand the performance. Simply put, SpectorDance is an exceptional organization that represents the best of artistic values executed efficiently and professionally.” -Peter Lesnik, former executive director of the Sunset Center
Dancer: Pamela Keindl, photo by William Roden/New Dawn Studios
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