Our Story

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Carmel-by-the-Sea has long been a favored destination for husband-and-wife team Grant and Lillian Barbeito. Their fondness for the area’s breathtaking scenery and quaint familiarity grew over countless visits, and their stays became longer with fewer months between. Over the years, local acquaintances became beloved friends.

During their many visits, the Barbeitos began to wonder how they could best serve the Carmel community they had fallen in love with. When they inquired, the community’s response was a resounding request for dance — they had plenty of wine, abundant good food, fine art, music, and theatre — but Carmel needed movement.

The Barbeitos founded Carmel Dance Festival in 2021, with a commitment to carrying on the legacy of the arts in Monterey County. The festival will unite their expertise in dance and production with a relentless love for the environment, and they aim to ensure the Carmel Dance Festival’s sustainability for many years to come.