Dance Kids of Monterey County, founded in 1993, is a non-profit group with the objective of bringing the art of the dance and theater experience to all youngsters in Monterey County. Under the direction of founder and Artistic Director, Carol Benton Richmond, Dance Kids now sponsors a summer theater arts camp, an annual performance of The Nutcracker at Carmel’s Sunset Cultural Center and varied outreach programs. Performances are given in various schools, retirement communities, among other county locations to better expand the goal of reaching all children. New programs designed for our multi-cultural communities are being developed.
Each event brings between 50 and 90 youngsters, ages 5 to 20, into the world of drama, musical comedy, ballet, contemporary dance and backstage production. This experience gives each child a creative thinking opportunity that will only enhance future endeavors. Thousands more are able to experience the programs as members of the audience.
In addition, Dance Kids, through its fund-raising efforts, offers tuition and dancewear funding for students who might not otherwise be able to afford classes or be part of the various productions. Free tickets are available to groups dealing with at-risk children, senior citizens and physically challenged adults.
Dance Kids of Monterey County is also the home of the Carmel Repertory Ballet Company, a group of pre-professional dancers- ages 9 – 18 providing quality ballet performances for the community.
Guided by a voluntary board of directors and advisory committee, Dance Kids’ Artistic Director, Carol Richmond, brings twenty-five years of experience to the organization.
Dance Kids of Monterey County is a not for profit youth performing arts organization designed to expand dance and theater experience to all young people in Monterey County.