Our popular “Nutcracker: A Monterey Peninsula Tradition,” will be performed Dec. 7-9 at the Sunset Center in Carmel. Once again, the annual ballet will feature the 39-member Monterey County Pops! symphony orchestra conducted by Dr. Carl Christensen. And, for the first time, the production will feature a children’s choir performing onstage during Act I’s “Dance of the Snowflakes.”
Hundreds of volunteer hours are required to produce this yearly holiday extravaganza. The elegant gala and silent auction kicks off the celebratory weekend and is followed by an exceptional Sugar Plum Fairy Champagne and Tea Party on Sunday before the matinee. Kudos to the chairwomen and their tireless committees, who are all dedicated to excellence. The classic tradition of “The Nutcracker” is supported by incredible moms and dads, friends of Dance Kids and a strong board of directors leading the charge.
From the grace and beauty of the pre-professional dancers to the youngest 4-year-old, the cast becomes a family, with the older students lending a hand to the “littles,” helping each other into their complex tutus and reviewing choreography to assure everything is as close to perfection as possible.
It has been our joy to see the excitement on the faces of the children before the curtain rises each year.
Dance Kids of Monterey County’s Cascan Nueces project, a Latino version of the traditional European “Nutcracker,” has been touring for more than five years. Nine mariachi musicians perform Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece rewritten by Salinas-born Jalisco harpist, William Faulkner, including the four divertissement from the second act and the much loved Sugar Plum Fairy solo. Folkloric dancers perform four traditional, and very different, dance styles from four different Mexican states. The Sugar Plum Fairy solo is performed by a Dance Kids ballerina in a traditional tutu, continuing the process of bridging the cultures and creating growth and understanding with the art of dance connecting diversity.
Student access to arts education and the quality of such instruction in public schools continue to be of concern to policymakers, educators and families. Dance Kids strives to present arts education outside of regular school hours with school-community partnerships. Our newest spring program in conjunction with Crumpton School in Marina offers after school dance classes to 75 students. During this 8-week course, three teachers provide instruction in ballet, hip hop and jazz twice a week.
Without the support of this community, Dance Kids of Monterey County would not be able to continue its valuable programming bringing dance and the arts to the children of Monterey County. We need your help! Please donate today on this website.
With continued passion and love of the arts,
Alan and Carol Richmond, Founders, Dance Kids of Monterey County
Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers. They’re remembered by the arts.
The quote was made by an American entrepreneur Eli Broad after founding not one but two Fortune 500 companies. Co-founder of the colossal building empire Kaufman and Broad, he and his wife Edythe have committed their fortune in gifting programs benefitting the youth of America.