With twenty five years of production history, Dance Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is proud of our wide range of theatrical experiences that support kids to flourish. In the early days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included Nutcracker and original spring musicals. Dance Kids was known for fun loving nostalgia surrounding the musicals and drew from the community a range of young people and their families committed to theatre. As we grew, our little venue could not handle the Nutcracker any longer, but continued as the venue for the spring productions, until those too outgrew the dance studio.
We have bravely grown Dance Kids Nutcracker into a spectacular production eagerly awaited by cast and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as surpassed in the ensuing years. The Founder, Executive Director and the Board of Directors are proud to carry the traditions of dance and theatre to the Monterey Peninsula.
Dance Kids of Monterey County was created to provide ongoing performance opportunities in dance and theater arts to the youth of Monterey County. Our mission is to strengthen character and positively influence children’s lives through the performing arts.
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.
Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence while reinforcing individual strengths. Our vision is to provide our youth with a safe, structured environment that encourages healthy boundaries, positive self-esteem and the ability to make good choices for a full and successful life. Housed in Seaside, CA the program teams with Dance Kids of Monterey County each summer. DKMC provides a month long theatre training program three days a week for 6 hours a day. The students learn basic acting skills and improvisation techniques. They study set design and costume production.
The month long camp culminates in a performance for the families at a local school.
Esteban Hernandez, PhD.
Philip Pegler- Artistic Director
Student Board Member
Founder and Artistic Director
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