SpectorDance is thrilled to be participating in Monterey County Gives, a community-wide, end of year, fundraising campaign that inspires local philanthropy and benefits a wide array of Monterey County nonprofits!
The SpectorDance mission is to create and present dance that makes a difference! Through our signature style that weaves together factual and aesthetic elements, our work informs and inspires. Through collaborations and community engagement, we nurture creativity and connection. The SpectorDance vision is a vibrant world where the beauty and the power of dance fuels the human spirit.
Since our inception in 1997, we have been committed to creating socially-engaged art. Now, with the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic, SpectorDance has responded by offering online classes, creative projects, and virtual performances. These digital programs expand our reach, deepen our impact, and open our imaginations in exciting and limitless ways.
We are blazing a creative path that is artistically exciting—and serves the entire community by providing new opportunities for people who have previously had little or no access to contemporary dance. We remain strongly committed to exploring ways that dance can have an impact on the most pressing issues of our time and provide a forum for the people of Monterey County to experience the power of dance.
SpectorDance is now thrilled to be participating in Monterey County Gives, a community-wide, end of year, fundraising campaign. A percentage of all money donated from November 12 to December 31, 2020 will be matched. Now is the time to maximize your donation dollars. We hope you will consider a donation of any amount.
Your donation will enable us to: ● Complete a new film of Ocean Trilogy with four associated educational videos featuring science content, creative movement exercises, and segments from Ocean Trilogy ● Present our second Virtual Choreographers Showcase (February 2021) ● Present our second Monterey Ocean Arts Festival (Fall 2021) ● Plan for a new work, Wildfires, about fire in California (premiere 2022)
At SpectorDance, we believe that dance moves the world! Please join us! The SpectorDance Board of Directors and I wish you and your families a safe, healthy, and joyous holiday season. Fran Spector Atkins, Artistic Director and Founder of SpectorDance
Click video on the right to hear Fran talk about her signature style that weaves together factual and aesthetic elements. She blends music, spoken word, and visual media with dance to create productions that inform and inspire.
Fran Spector Atkins is a tour de force in our community and throughout the country. She is an amazing teacher, dancer and choreographer who masterfully weaves her art making with dialogue about the toughest and most complex issues we face. We have all benefited tremendously from the incredible growth of her school, her choreographic works and her leadership during the past fifteen years that I have been the Executive Director of the Arts Council for Monterey County. She is a great asset to our region and an inspiration for everyone who meets her. Whenever I say that "the arts are the answer", I think often of Fran's gorgeous, daring, innovative and powerful work. - Paulette Lynch, (former Executive Director of the Arts Council for Monterey County)
“The California Arts Council believes in the potential of the arts to enrich the lives of all our state’s residents, especially our young people,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “That belief does not change with our system-engaged youth; it grows stronger. The world we create for our young people today determines our world tomorrow. We are proud to support the work of SpectorDance.”
I deeply admire SD's forward-looking vision. I applaud the many dance-education programs in the area, but none of them makes so clear the connection between dance and the social issues with which we all confront on a daily basis. SD's embrace of gang violence and oceanic degradation, both of which profoundly afflict life in Monterey County, has revealed essential current truths that other area arts have as of yet to take notice. I cheer SpectorDance more for making those issues a much bigger part of daily life in our community, for representing the urgency these issues demand, not only to artists but to the rest of us who have no end of ways to look the other way. SD makes its educational vision a matter of immediacy--hence action--that all other local arts institutions should embrace. I can think of no other arts program that is more deserving of widespread community support. - Scott MacClelland (editor, Performing Arts Monterey Bay)
Thank you to our major donors!
California Arts Council
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
Franklin Legacy Fund
Rita & Luis Echenique Charitable Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Monterey County Weekly Community Fund
Arts Council for Monterey County
Ron Chen & Diana Huang
Barnet J. Segal Charitable Trust
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Yellow Brick Road
Hal & Jacque Eastman/Peregrine Images
Karen & Jay Cook
Susan & Richard Rosen
Amanda Geurts & Hans Thomas
Lumpkin Family Foundation
Nick & Catherine Fanoe
We are also grateful for our additional supporters: Anderson Family, Dr. Theresa Arteaga, Marcia Atkinson, Cher & Rob Appel, Elayne Azevedo, AEMTEK Laboratories, Kathleen & Wolfgang Baer, Terry & Joselyn Bare, Jeff Barrett, Gail & Jay Bartow, Shirley Blaine/Blaine Jewish Family Fund, Marilyn Brown, Amy Byington, Cima Collina Winery, Chipotle, Clarke Family, Jim & Karen Fanoe, Jim Ford (Ford Financials), Contreras-Mejia Family, Lois Cornell, Mary & Pierre Cousineau, Diane & Robert Creasy, Arlene & Stanely Dedini, Renee & Dave Dove, Itzel Vargas Draluce, Earthbound Farm, Bridget & Joseph Eyraud, Charlotte Eyerman, Toni Gibbs/CauseCast Foundation, Anne Helms, Byong Hong (Marina Dry Cleaners), Nancy Harray, Kathleen Hills, Veronica Hills-Skerritt, Robby Hoffmann, Lisa Harwood, Hunter family, Brennen Jensen, Connie & Sam Katz, Pamela & Doug Keindl, Jin Kim, Scott Laxier, Terry Lebda, Maryann Leffel, Genevieve & Jimmy Long, Lucky’s Supermarkets/eScript, Melinda Nakagawa & Scott Nichols, Paulette Lynch & Ken Peterson, William & Pamela Pinkerton, Rodney Pirtle, Steven & Ann Packer, Emy & Charles Paghasian, Jane Parker, Veronica Polovneff, Mary Pommerich, Beverly Jean Sadler Prowell, Karla Robertson, Kyra & Brian Schlining, Sally & Ken Sikes, Solar City, Amy Anderson & Dr. George Somero, Hailey & Savannah Speerstra, Kyle Stewart, Douglas Sunde, Linda & Roger Thompson, Harley Thompson, Jacqueline Thompson, Jim Tunney Youth Foundation, Von Berg Family, Jim Woodard, Emily Zefferman, Bradley Zeve, James Atkins, Autumn Bonnema, Susie Brusa, Roberta Diebold, Morton Durham, Paige & Joseph Ettin, Daniel & Bonnie Fernandez, Chris Fitz, Brent Hill, Deborah Howitt, Billy & Tammy Jakl, Arlen & Cindy Lackey, Charles Limbach & Sara Lyon, Esther Lucas, Scott MacClelland, Jeanne & Steve Marino, Ellen Martin, Jeannie & Donald Morris, Emi Okada-Alonz, Steve & Ann Packer, Barbara Santry, SawTeen See & Leslie Robertson, Dale & Jeffrey Sklar, Kristine Tarozzi & Forrest Melton, Insuk & James Waider, Helen Westly, Lynne White-Dixon & Robert Dixon, Angela Updyke Bruent, Dona Mork, Gerry & Ann Enders, David Popalisky, Lee and Nancy Zimmerman, Evelyn Kahan, David and Susan Courrejou, Jane Franch, Natural Impressions, Ambassadors Providing Amazing Care, Roger Stewart, Stacy Hawkins, Galindo Fmaily, Anamaria Berea, Claire Peffer, Callie Dailey, Stacey Ashton
Photo Banner: Dancer, Maggie Wagner by William Roden / New Dawn Studios