SPECTORDANCE

Rating: 4.89 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 3343 Paul Davis Dr Marina CA 93933 USA

Mission: The mission of SpectorDance is to heighten awareness of dance as a vital contemporary art form through education and performance. We are seeking to build partnerships with dance organizations in the larger dance community to provide new exposure for guest artists while stimulating interest in the local dance community for cutting edge ideas. We are also actively reaching out into the to artistically underserved populations to utilize dance to promote postive change in inividuals and communities.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Fran Spector, with her choreography on my composition, Opus XVII, has braught a wonderful new dimension to the piece. She has extraordinary talents in decifering music, uncovering visuals in it and bringing the whole to ethereal dimensions. Her dancers are such beautiful messengers. Christiane Boesch

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing great talents develope

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Spector Dance has been a fantastic school of ballet and dance that we would highly recommend. Our daughter has taken ballet at several local schools, and Spector Dance has been by far the most impressive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my daughter embrace a love for dance beyond any of her previous experiences. She is growing as a young dancer at this school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Spectordance is an incredible organization which is promoting dance arts in Monterey County and beyond. They bring exciting choreographers to the community and establish workshops so that professional and developing dancers, alike, can enjoy an enriching experience. This organization is led by an incredibly talented, energetic individual who has established a truly professional organization and oopportunity for the youth of our community. Accolades to Fran Spector! Joan McHenry, President Colleagues of the Arts

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending performances, supporting youth.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their professional expertise and high quality of instruction.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always enthusiastic and skilled.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread the joy of dance to the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to attend their productions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The same as with all non-profits - funding, facility development, staffing for growth, marketing services and identifying financial support services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Spector Dance has fantastic opportunities for young and old to appreciate and enjoy the art of dance. My daughter is learning so much in her age-group classes and also has a chance to perform with artists of all ages at the bi-annual performances.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the poise and confidence my child has earned.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the teachers are patient and work well with all the students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make dance instruction available for free to all in the community with many kinds of classes and workshops.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My involvement with Spector Dance is primarily as an appreciative member of the audience when I am fortunate enough to be able to attend the events and performances. From this vantage point I am especially happy to see the works of ‘Emerging Choreographers’ and the dance projects choreographed by the director, Fran Spector relating to local culture and points of interest in the Monterey area. ‘Emerging Choreographers’ brings new and innovative works from artists both from Northern California as well as from all over the globe. These events provide a level of performance offerings that match anything that could be found in the performance centers of NY or LA in terms of new ideas and innovative execution. Obviously the sophistication of large company programs cannot be matched in the intimate setting of the Spector Dance studios but I inevitably see something new and valuable and feel personally fortunate and fortunate for our entire community that such enriching experiences are made available. Local culture oriented dance projects may not push the envelope of creative dance but often capture local sentiment and heritage that supports the feeling of community in our area. I mention the “Red Pony” based on Steinbeck’s short story as my personal favorite. However the “Corn Saga” detailing the importance of this crop to the Indian populations long gone as well as its demonstration of the plight of the current farm workers in our area is of major significance. This work utilizes art to provide honor and dignity to the labors and lives of migrant workers not only in our own county but throughout the western hemisphere. I look forward to the day when its message can be presented to a much larger national audience. In closing I know that my performance tickets and the occasional raffle tickets I purchase can not pay for the work involved in the offerings I am able to enjoy. I feel fortunate to have Spector Dance in our community and can only hope the value of Fran Spector’s contribution will be recognized by the larger world in the future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

performances

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i do not feel qualified to qanswer this question

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

new and inovative oportunities given to dance artists.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great, enthusiastic and all trying to make it happen.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it would probably destroy the spirit but 1 million to fund travel and suport performance of new works and expand the local theme productions would be very usefull.

Ways to make it better...

the chairs could be a bit more comfortable.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding to cover the out of pocket expenses for volunteers both organizationally and performance.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you Fran Spector

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I presented work in one of the Spectordance produced Emerging Choreographer's showcases, a vital contribution to the field. Hearing about Fran's newest work I am excited to view her upcoming season, knowing she is presenting the very best in South Bay dance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Choreographer's showcase

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the contribution to the field made by Spectordance and the unique line up of dances selected.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am currently a teacher at La Paz Middle School in east Salinas, and I'm helping coordinate an outreach program sponsored by SpectorDance in partnership with the National Steinbeck Center to bring their performing arts magic to LPMS students, and to bring the students to the Sunset Center in Carmel for a performance. This enriches our literacy curriculum greatly, particularly since this program is interpreting John Steinbeck's The Red Pony and Grapes of Wrath. There is just so much to love about SpectorDance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with their outreach program to over 400 of our east Salinas students

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passion for what they do!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing ambassadors for the importance of art in our lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help steer schools understand that literacy is just so much more than textbooks and tests.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

SpectorDance is a treasure on the Monterey Peninsula,I have been involved with SpectorDance for over 15 years as a board member and a dancer. SpectorDance has as state of the art 5000 sq. foot dance facility and an intimate performing space. SpectorDance artistic director, Fran Atkins illuminates the path of contempoary dance and ballet for young dancers and adults. Fran personally invites students to present their light and voice to each class and performance. Her choreographic talents collaborate projects that include dance, music, text and visual design. SpectorDance company performs locally, in the bay area and will be perfoming internationally this year. SpectorDance annually presents a week long Summer Dance festival which brings master classes and guest artists to perform which is a highlight for students to experience. SpectorDance presents undiscovered choreographers in the Emerging Choreographers showcase each summer. This event brings an interested audience and is an innovative concept and lots of fun.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

studying with Fran and watching the school, performances and audiences growth

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

consistency

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

subsidize more performances and supplement the dancers financially

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

SpectorDance does some of the most powerful work I have seen in the world of dance performance and choreography. Its pieces bridge modernity and history for a dynamic, rich interpretation of the human experience. The fact that the pieces are story-based rather than abstract "pure dance" is a strong-point; so much "pure dance" leaves me with a feeling of meaninglessness. SpectorDance manages to make its richly storied pieces simultaneously artistically edgy and visually fascinating, employing many of the elements of contemporary pure dance style. The result is something at once philosophical and artistic, nostalgic and forward-looking, rather like a Steinbeck novel.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its emphasis on story-based projects that reflect the history of the organization's local area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Fran Spector Atkins & the SpectorDance crew are doing what I perceive to be some of the most important type of work being done today in the field of Contemporary Dance. They provide a venue for emerging (and established) choreographers to get their work out and into the world. There are TOO few opportunities out there that truly foster artistic growth. There are no words to describe just how tough it is in the contemporary dance world today. SpectorDance is an oasis in what I've experienced to be a very, very, very, very, very, very dry desert. I know the two times we participated in their emerging choreographers showcase it was an off the chart positive experience. A high degree of excellent with the process from start to finish. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt I have been able to take my work to a new level because of my interaction with SpectorDance. The confidence it instilled in me by being chosen to be a part of the programs, the people I met, the joy it brought to my dancers lives. It was the first opportunity I had to take my work out of town. This is such an empowering step for an emerging (or established) choreographer. Everyone in my dance community was charged with inspiration, knowing that someone from their community was chosen to be a part of the showcase so it not only effected us but many, many, many people living in my local community. I've maintained connections with fellow choreographers I met at the showcases which is part of Fran's intent - to build community. Excellent job in this regard! In fact, I just met with one of the choroegraphers I've stayed in touch with when in NYC to take work to the COOL New York Dance Festival, we are beginning the process of creating a collaborative work. So, the experience goes beyond those weekends there for the show, the impact continues to be there. If you are a choreographer seeking an AMAZING experience - APPLY APPLY APPLY when it comes time to apply for the showcae. If you are a prospective funder - supporting SpectorDance holds the potential to be one of the most rewarding things you've ever done. Our planet needs its artists out there making and presenting work. Fran and her crew - gosh - they rock!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me take my dance company to the next level. It gave us the oomph in terms of track record to procure necessary funding to get the work out there in a bigger way, it gave us confidence, it inspired us, and it greatly enriched our lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The high degree of integrity & excellence in their process from applying for the showcase on through the production and continued mentoring from Fran. Exquisite!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, friendly, helpful, playful, hardworking, accepting....

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Revolutionize the field of dance. Fran is that smart, she is that determined, she is that responsible, she has that much vision. She'd know exactly what to do with it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-2-01

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