Dance Kids of Monterey County, founded in 1993, is a non-profit group giving children a better understanding of their community and the world through the arts with dance, music and theatre opportunities. Our performing arts programs allow participants to discover their own voice, to grow in confidence, and to develop empathy and ethical insight, to aspire, to accept disappointments, to sometimes fail, and to always keep trying.
Dance Kids programming strives for cultural equity. While race is undeniably visible diversity, DKMC’s cross cultural Board of Directors recognizes the importance of teaching respect and reaching communities within the Monterey Peninsula with varied social differences such as age, class, LGBTQ and disability status. These aspects of youth identity lead to generational social growth and appreciation of community infrastructure.
Dance Kids of Monterey County is celebrating its twenty-sixth year of service to the community. In recognition of the 21st Century values of equity in the arts, DKMC programming promotes cross cultural educational events and instruction exposing the community to various traditional styles of music and dance, not strictly Eurocentric, but fusing our programming with diverse arts education. DKMC recognizes the importance of cultural sensitivity derived from equity in programming in communities of color.
Each event brings between 50 and 100 youngsters, ages 5 to 20, into the world of drama, musical theatre, ballet, contemporary dance and backstage production. This experience gives each child a creative thinking opportunity that will only enhance future endeavors. Thousands more can experience the programs as members of the audience.
In addition, Dance Kids, through its fund-raising efforts, offers tuition funding for students who might not otherwise be able to afford classes or be part of the various productions. Free tickets are available to groups dealing with at-risk children, senior citizens and physically challenged adults.