The mission of SpectorDance is to provide excellence in dance training and performance. We accomplish this mission by offering a wide variety of dance-based activities that connect diverse artists and audiences, bridge disciplines through collaboration, and utilize dance to inform and inspire. The vision of SpectorDanceis to celebrate the powers of dance to expand community, nurture creativity, and fuel the human spirit.
As 2018 draws to a close, SpectorDance is honored to be a participant in Monterey County Gives!, an annual, community-wide, end-of-year fundraising initiative that will match every donation we receive now through December 31. We are reaching out to share some exiting news and ask for your support of our upcoming programs.
In 2018, SpectorDance offered free weekly dance classes at Rancho Cielo for at-risk youth, at the Porter Youth Center for children from military families, at Chartwell School for students with learning disabilities, and at Future Citizens Foundations for low-income youth. We also offered free, educational outreach performances at local venues such as Stanton Theater in King City, Alisal High School in Salinas, and several Monterey County Free Libraries branches. In 2019, with your support, we will expand these programs that bring dance training and live performance to those in our community who may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the benefits.
In addition, SpectorDance Company will perform Ocean Trilogy, a collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute about ocean health, at Alvin Ailey Theater in New York City, Stanford University in Palo Alto, Sunset Center in Carmel, Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and other venues. We are planning to create two new works: Sea Change, which will look at extreme weather hazards and community adaptation, mitigation and resiliency, and When You Were Gone, about the experience of deployment from the perspective of youth.
With all our great news, we hope you will be inspired to join us by making a donation through Monterey County Gives! With your support, we will continue to explore ways that dance can be inclusive, relevant and have an impact on social issues. We believe that dance makes a difference and that dance is for everyone!
Wishing you a healthy, happy and creative holiday season from all of us at SpectorDance!
SpectorDance on Site at Rancho Cielo and at Future Citizens Foundation
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, Angela Updyke Brunet, 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, Jeannie Morris, 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, Donna Mork, Gerry & Ann Enders, Bill Pinkerton, David Popalisky
Banner: Dancer, Maggie Wagner Photo by William Roden / New Dawn Studios
3343 Paul Davis Drive Marina, CA 93933
SpectorDance is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization EIN# 93-1203319