SpectorDance is a nonprofit dance school, company, and performance venue whose mission is to providing excellence in dance training and performance to all people regardless of circumstances, and to celebrate the power of dance to expand community, ignite creativity and fuel the human spirit. SpectorDance offers classes in a wide variety of dance styles at their studio and in the community, and puts on regular performances of their professional company, youth company, and guest artists.
To carry out its mission, SpectorDance has a School, Company, SpectorDance On-Site, the Choreographers Showcase, and the Sadie Rose Residency Program. The company's repertoire focuses on contemporary dance that integrates music, spoken word and visual technology, and focuses on socially relevant topics.
Since 1997, artistic director, Fran Spector Atkins and media artist, William Roden, have created multidisciplinary performances exploring themes that are relevant to our community. These Company projects expand the role of artists in raising awareness of critical social issues, bring diverse audiences together around a shared experience, and spark important dialogue, the first step toward action. Through subject choice, presentation style, and programming that is educational and entertaining, Spector Atkins is bringing dance to broad audiences and building the role of dance in our community.
SpectorDance School is the “heart and soul” of our organization. Based on our graded curriculum developed by master teacher Fran Spector Atkins, our school provides training in a nurturing environment for all ages and levels of experience in a variety of dance styles. Along with developing dance skills, our training strives to build important life skills such as commitment, discipline, and respect for others. Our teachers pay particular attention to alignment, functional anatomy, and the emotional needs of our students.