"The world is a complicated place, and there's a lot of division between people.

The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does"


~David Mark Rubenstein,

American financier and philanthropist,

Chairman of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,

Chairman of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.



Dance Kids of Monterey County's performing arts programs allow our participants to discover their own voice, to grow in confidence, and to develop empathy and ethical insight-to aspire, accept disappointments, to sometimes fail, and to always keep trying.

Dance Kids programming strives for cultural and racial equity. While race is undeniably visible diversity; DKMC’s cross cultural board recognizes the importance of teaching respect and reaching communities within the Monterey Peninsula with varied social differences such as age, class, LGBT 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 with various traditional styles of music and dance, not strictly Eurocentric, but fusing our programming with the diversity of arts education. DKMC recognizes the importance of cultural sensitivity derived from equity in programming in communities of color.

Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker

This 'no cost to schools’ program, impacts those less enriched by traditional Folkloric music and dance with performances in November at seven schools with over 2,000 combined audience members. A professional mariachi band accompanies student folkloric dancers in the story-telling of Maria, the young girl who falls asleep only to dream of the customs and historic dances of her native land. This bilingual program is entering its sixth year.

Nutcracker; A Monterey Peninsula Tradition

Located at Sunset Cultural Center, has an audience of over 2,300 including a free performance for 700 children. The free performance is targeted to South and North County schools in which 51% or more of the students are considered “socioeconomically disadvantaged.” For the second year in a row, Monterey County Pops! orchestra provided live music for our production’s dancers and audience members. Dance Kids is the only local production to feature a live orchestra for the full-length ballet.

Nutcracker; The Suite

A 2019 addition to our programming, will tour South County, from San Ardo to North County schools, with a 30-minute preview of our traditional Nutcracker, designed to introduce the music of Pytor Tchaikovsky and the history of this holiday ballet to children who otherwise might not be exposed to this art form.

Lights, Camera, Dance Kids!

A two-week summer theatrintensive created for all participants to find their inner voice and shine on stage. Stage skills and acting techniques are fostered while building confidence, making friends and having fun. All programs culminate with a full stage production and all skill levels are encouraged. Scholarships are generously available for participants of our productions honoring the original goal of the organization that no child will be turned away for lack of ability to afford costumes, dance wear, production costs or classroom fees.

Carmel Youth Center

Dance Kids offers classes twice a week at Carmel Youth Center in Hip hop and all band instrument instruction.

Xpress Yourself

Dance Kids strives to present arts education outside of regular school hours with school-community partnerships. Our spring program in conjunction with Crumpton School in Marina offers after school dance classes to 75 students. During this 8-week course, three teachers provide instruction in ballet, hip hop and jazz twice a week. This school district population demographics; 26% foreign born and just under 30% with English as a second language.

Rhythm Works

Beginning Fall 2019, RHYTHM WORKS Integrative Dance is a dance program that supplements existing therapy/IEP goals, as well as providing a pathway to integrate kids with individual learning differences, including but not exclusive to autism, and developmental, emotional and social integration through dance classes.