SpectorDance Receives Funding from the California Arts Council Veterans Initiative in the Arts

SpectorDance Receives California Arts Council “Veterans Initiative in the Arts” Grant


SpectorDance recieves “JUMP StArts” grant

SpectorDance recieves California Arts Council “JUMP StArts ” Grant State funds will support arts education program for at-risk youth Marina, CA– The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced it plans to award $24,000 to SpectorDance as part of the JUMP StArts program. SpectorDance is one of only twenty-seven grantees statewide chosen for this program. JUMP […]


East West review on Performing Arts Monterey Bay – by Scott MacClelland

SEEN AT at Hartnell College last Saturday night, East West demonstrated how relevant to contemporary society dance can be. This work, inspired by Monterey County’s unenviable reputation as home to the most violent gang-culture in California, enacts all the raw emotional content of gang warfare, prison life and grieving families. Envisioned by creative director Fran […]


Spector dance tackles gang culture – by Joe Truskot of The Salinas Californian

Joe Truskot, The Salinas Californian 10:48 a.m. PDT September 23, 2015 http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/entertainment/2015/09/23/spector-dance-tackles-gang-culture/72685340/ SpectorDance and The Western Stage join forces to present “East West” a multidisciplinary performance that sheds light on the struggles, hopes, and dreams of those involved in gang culture. Through rap music, dance, visual images and spoken word, “East West” explores why youth […]


SpectorDance’s multimedia dance on gang life returns stronger and deeper – by Walter Ryce of the Monterey County Weekly

When Fran Spector-Atkins, founder of Marina dance studio and company SpectorDance, conceived the multimedia dance piece about gangs called East West, she knew she was taking on a subject loaded with emotion and trauma. But she enlisted key collaborators like assistant director and performer Jones Welch, rapper Baba Brinkman and others, and went for it. […]


SpectorDance’s new inspiration is its most daring and difficult – gangs – by Walter Ryce

c/o William Roden/New Dawn Studi Dancers Jones Welch of Not Man Apart and Annie Talmadge of Diavolo Physical Theater Company will dance Fran Spector Atkins’ choreography. Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:00 am by Walter Ryce Over the years, SpectorDance has stared into Monterey County’s most pressing issues and translated them into dance. Common Ground was about […]


First look at SpectorDance’s fluid and graphic gang-related dance piece, East West. Review from Monterey County Weekly’s Walter Ryce

Posted Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:00 p.m. SpectorDance has been working on their multimedia dance piece, East West, for at least two years. Two performances are lined up: 7:30pm tonight, Friday, at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, and 8pm tomorrow, Saturday, at SpectorDance in Marina. But there was a free preview at Sherwood Hall for Monterey […]


SpectorDance performance shows the push and pull of gang life – East West in GO! Monterey Herald

SALINAS >> A Marina dance company is taking on gang violence the best way it knows how — through a performance this weekend called “East West.” The piece, two years in the making, is the result of a collaboration with Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, a Salinas nonprofit that works with at-risk youth, as well as […]


Fran Spector Atkins – Spotlight on PAMB for East West Premiere

“When I’m here I’m working all the time,” says Fran Spector Atkins, founder of SpectorDance in Marina. When she’s not here, she’s traveling world, soaking up how other cultures express themselves artistically, especially through dance. Yet, as with most in the field, New York “remains my spiritual home,” she says. She visits the Big Apple […]


Ocean Goes to Washington – by Mike Hale, Monterey County Herald, May 2012

Professional dancers concentrate mind, body and emotion on movement — and it’s a powerful medium. Add music, spoken word and visual imagery and you can lift a compelling story to new heights and inspire change in the process. That’s exactly what happened with “Ocean,” SpectorDance’s new project that stimulates the senses as it casts a […]



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