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.
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