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Monterey Country Dance Community (MCDC)


MCDC provides dance opportunities to its members and the Monterey Bay area community.  We provide a variety of dance traditions rooted in English and North American culture; the common thread that binds them together is their celebration of human togetherness and collaboration.  These are living traditions that speak to the needs of the present.

The Big Idea

The Monterey Country Dance Community celebrates human togetherness and collaboration through various dance traditions. Their Big Idea—called Put Down The Phone: Constructing Social Networks Through Conversation While Dancing—aims to get people off of their screens and into community through structured conversations while dancing, creating a culture of inclusion in a safe environment for all ages, ethnicities, genders, physical abilities and social levels. Put Down the Phone is a way for people to have a face-to-face conversation while doing a simple two-step dance. Partners change at every dance tune, so that different combinations of people face each other and converse during a free one-hour session.

I find contra dancing to be a great way to share a love of music and dance with others. I get to meet new people, get exercise, and have a blast all at once. And I love that we get to experience live, traditional music at every dance.

- Jean Chapin

We Did It, Together!

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.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.