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Dance Kids of Monterey County Will Present Fifth
Annual Performances of ‘A Folklorico Nutcracker’ at
South County Schools in November
Now in its fifth year of touring Monterey County, Dance Kids of Monterey County will once again
present performances of “Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker,” in South County schools in
Carmel, CA, March 24, 2018 — Now in its fifth year of touring Monterey County, Dance Kids of
Monterey County will once again present performances of “Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker,” in
South County schools in November.
The annual holiday tradition in story and dance celebrates the rich culture of Mexico and countries
south of the border. The idea of melding European music and music from Spanish-speaking countries to
create a “Cascanueces” has brought together mariachi musicians, folkloric choreographers and local
This year, 10 students each from elementary schools in San Ardo, San Lucas, Greenfield, and King City,
will study a dance with two folkloric dancers and one musician for six weeks prior to the school
performance. These students will then perform with the professional troupe in the assembly at their
Ten mariachi musicians will perform Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece rewritten by Salinas-born Jalisco harpist,
William Faulkner. The program includes the four divertissements from the second act and the muchloved “Sugar Plum Fairy” solo, performed by a Dance Kids' ballerina in a traditional tutu. Folkloric
dancers perform four traditional, and very different, dance styles from four Mexican states. Together
the program bridges cultures and fosters growth and understanding of diversity through the art of
The November 2018 tour date of “Cascanueces” is reserved by South County schools early each school
year in the anticipation of a colorful and educational assembly. The tour begins in San Ardo with
performances in San Lucas, King City, Greenfield and Salinas.
At least two of the schools invite other schools to their assemblies, allowing Dance Kids to impact more
than seven schools in one tour date. In November 2017, there were more than 1,500 audience members
in elementary through high school in attendance. The day culminated in a performance at Hartnell
College in Salinas to a standing-room-only, 250-seat music hall setting.
Dance Kids of Monterey County, founded in 1993, is a non-profit group with the objective of bringing
the art of the dance and theater experience to all youngsters in Monterey County. In 25 years, the
organization has produced more than 50 productions, including month-long summer theater intensives,
traditional and full-length story ballets.
Dance Kids now supports an ongoing afterschool learning program in a Monterey Peninsula Unified
School District location, in addition to its popular annual performances of “Nutcracker” at Carmel’s
Sunset Cultural Center and “Cascanueces.”
The two directors/choreographers for “Cascanueces: A Folklorico Nutcracker,” husband-and-wife team
Maria Luisa Colmenarez and Rudy Garcia, were consultants on the Academy Award-nominated Pixar
animated film “Coco.”
About Dance Kids
With over 24 years of production history, Dance Kids, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Carol
Richmond, is proud of its wide range of theatrical experiences that support kids to flourish. In the early
days, productions at the Carmel Ballet Academy included “Nutcracker ”and original spring musicals.
Dance Kids was known for fun-loving nostalgia surrounding the musicals and drew from the community
a range of young people and their families committed to theater. As it grew, its little venue could not
handle the “Nutcracker” any longer, but continued as the venue for the spring productions, until those
too outgrew the dance studio.
Dance Kids has grown Dance Kids’ “Nutcracker” into a spectacular production eagerly awaited by cast
and community. The original vision of Dance Kids of Monterey County has been honored as well as
surpassed in the ensuing years. The Founder, Executive Director and the Board of Directors are proud to
carry the traditions of dance and theater to the Monterey Peninsula.
Dance Kids of Monterey County was created to provide ongoing performance opportunities in dance the
theater arts to the youth of Monterey County. Its mission is to strengthen character and positively
influence children’s lives through the performing arts.
Sunset Center, Cottage #17
San Carlos Street at 10th Ave.,
P.O. Box 6225
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 622-9008
Fax: (831) 218-1293
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901