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Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre


Fostering the passion and development of local youth through the performing arts, where talents and life skills may grow in an inspiring and nurturing environment.

The Big Idea

Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s signature program is a traditional production of The Nutcracker, featuring more than 100 local dancers ranging in age from 5 to 18. Instilling values of community service is an important part of the nonprofit’s mission, and throughout the Nutcracker season, dancers participate in community outreach programs at local elementary schools, senior centers and other nonprofits such as Rancho Cielo, Jacob’s Heart and MY Museum. Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre is expanding its outreach to local youth to provide more opportunities for underrepresented youth to participate in the performing arts. The main strategies include financial aid for children to participate in The Nutcracker, a free performance for nearly 700 elementary students, and outreach performances to local K-12 schools and nonprofits.

Giving young people the opportunity to participate in the performing arts is highly beneficial to their development, and that is why we have partnered with Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre to bring dancers from The Nutcracker production to perform at the museum. We hope our young visitors are inspired to appreciate ballet as an art form, but more importantly, see themselves as someone who can also take ballet or take to the stage.

- Lauren Cohen

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.

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.