SpectorDance Company Audition

Sunday, January 29, 2017




3343 Paul Davis Drive

Marina, CA  93933

 SpectorDance Company seeks 5 contemporary/ballet/modern dancers and 3 hip hop/urban dancers who are interested in participating in performance projects that address social issues.

Rehearsals will begin in March 2017 and take place on weekends.  Performances will be scheduled for May and June 2017.

Please send resume, photo, and any questions  to Fran spectordance@earthlink.net


About The Company


Since 1997, SpectorDance Company has presented multidisciplinary performances using a signature style that blends music, spoken word, and visual media with dance. Fran Spector Atkins, the lead artist and creative director, frequently collaborates with William Roden, a nationally recognized media artist. Together they create performance works that highlight themes relevant to ougabe kelsey air layer_5208r community, such as literary masters who lived locally, the environment, and our agricultural heritage. Examples of past projects include Ocean (a collaboration with the Monterey Bay Research Institute (MBARI)), and Common Ground (a piece about issues in California agriculture based on interviews with farm workers and agricultural experts, with Spanish/English subtitles). Current projects include East West, a collaboration with Rancho Cielo, about gang violence, and restaging Figures in the Dust, a collaboration with the National Steinbeck Center, inspired by The Grapes of Wrath.

Because our mission is to inform, inspire, and initiate conversation about critical issues, Educational Outreach programs are associated with all our performance projects. Programs are tailored to each venue and may include: 1) a pre-show session about the issues explored in the performance, 2) a movement classes with a Company dancer, and 3), a facilitated post performance discussion. These sessions aim to deepen the experience of the live performance, utilize dance to heighten awareness about important subjects, and promote participation in the arts especially in schools and community centers in under served areas.


imag_donorSpectorDance has received significant acknowledgement:

• In 2014, 2013, and 2012, SpectorDance received prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation, and the California Arts Council.
• In 2013, Ocean was presented on tour at San Jose State University, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and the Electric Lodge in Los Angeles.
• In 2012, Ocean was presented at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
• In 2011, Spector Atkins was featured in the film “Luminaries of Monterey County.”
• In 2010 and 2012, Spector Atkins was a presenter at TEDx Monterey.
• In 2008, SpectorDance was selected as national finalist for Ovation TV Award for “Excellence in the Performing Arts.”
• In 2007, SpectorDance was honored by the Arts Council for Monterey County at the annual Champion for the Arts as “Outstanding Arts Organization in Monterey County,” and Spector Atkins was honored by Carmel Magazine as one of ten individuals in Monterey County making significant altruistic contributions to our community.

SpectorDance is also working with long-time collaborator, the National Steinbeck Center, to re-stage and present the award-winning dance work “Figures in the Dust,” a piece inspired by John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath.  Colleen Bailey, Executive Director, invited SpectorDance to join the 75th anniversary celebration of this treasured literary masterpiece.  “Figures in the Dust” will be presented in 2014 to diverse audiences throughout Monterey County as part of an extensive educational outreach effort.  Teaching the next generation to understand the themes and appreciate the lessons in this timeless novel is a wonderful benefit of utilizing the arts to educate and inspire.  The SpectorDance signature style of blending dance, music, visual images, and spoken word, creates an accessibility that opens both minds and hearts.  Click HERE for a full description of Figures in the Dust.


SpectorDance EastWest Jones_Annie_Escape_Abandon resizeSpectorDance has created a new work entitled East West that explores the problem of gang violence through dance, music, spoken word and imagery.  A collaboration with Executive Director Susie Brusa from Rancho Cielo, a learning  and social services center for at-risk youth founded on partnerships between educational and law enforcement agencies, has been integral to the creation.  Interviews with youth and former gang members who are now involved with Rancho Cielo capture their real life stories on film.  Working with Michael McLaughlin, writer and educator, and SpectorDance Company dancers, Rancho Cielo students contributed to the perspective of this piece with poetry and movement.  Finally, award winning NYC based rap artist Baba Brinkman utilized words from the interviews and poetry/movement workshops to develop an original “sound environment” that brings all elements of “East West” together.  The goal is to reach under served audiences and youth with a positive message about alternatives to gang activity through this original work.  See video excerpts from the October 24, 2014 premiere at Sherwood Hall in Salinas by clicking HERE.


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read article at the Monterey County Herald


All SpectorDance works have innovative education/outreach components. Please see a sample of our programs, and then contact Heather Kirk with any collaborative concepts or for more information on outreach programs and booking.






Dancers from top: Kelsey Forbush & Gabe Mata, Lilly Nguyen & Maria Basile, Jones Welch & Annie Talmadge, Kelsey Auday, Photos by William Roden/New Dawn Studios






SpectorDance | www.spectordance.org | (831) 384-1050 | 3343 Paul Davis Drive Marina, CA 93933 | spectordance@earthlink.net