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Dance Kids of Monterey County

Mission

Dance Kids’ mission statement: 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.

The Big Idea

With increased demand for arts education in public, charter and private schools, coupled with the high demand for dance and music performances and classes, Dance Kids is expanding its outreach from South County to all of Monterey County. Expanding the tour corridor and growing their programming by 50 percent engages students who would not otherwise see live theater, featuring traditional Mexican dance and music along with Eurocentric and traditional Nutcracker performances. For six years, Cascanueces: A Folklórico Nutcracker has toured South County, entertaining more than 2,000 students in one day of school assemblies. This year, Dance Kids will provide scholarship and train 10 pre-professional dancers in regional Mexican dance entwined with ballet characteristic of a production that honors the diversity of our county.

What a treasure you all are to our region.

- Paulette Lynch

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.