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The mission of SpectorDance (SD) is to provide excellence in dance training and performance. We offer a wide variety of dance-based activities that bridge disciplines through collaboration, connect diverse artists and audiences, and utilize dance to inform and inspire. The vision of SD is to celebrate the powers of dance to nurture creativity, expand community, and fuel the human spirit. SD became a non-profit in 1996 and opened our state-of-the-art venue in 2002. Our programs include our School, Company, SD On-Site, The Choreographer’s Showcase, the Sadie Rose Residency Program, and Monterey Ocean Arts Festival.

The Big Idea

 SpectorDance hopes to expand their partnership with the Presidio of Monterey’s Porter Youth Center for military families. Inspired by interviews with youth, the nonprofit dance company’s Big Idea is to create When You Were Gone, a performance exploring deployment from the perspective of youth who have parents who have been deployed, assisting audiences in understanding the sacrifices and unique challenges military children experience. SpectorDance believes that being involved in the arts positively influences participants, improving their outlook, self-esteem and well-being. The culmination of the program will be a public showing of works created by the choreography workshop, along with the premiere of When You Were Gone.

Fran Spector Atkins is a tour de force in our community and throughout the county. She is an amazing teacher, dancer and choreographer who masterfully weaves her art with dialogue about the toughest and most complex issues we face. We have all benefited tremendously from the incredible growth of her school, her choreographic works and her leadership during the past 15 years that I have been executive director of the Arts Council for Monterey County. She is a great asset to our region and an inspiration for everyone who meets her. Whenever I say that ‘the arts are the answer,’ I think often of Fran’s gorgeous, daring, innovative and powerful work.

- Paulette Lynch