San Diego Dance Theatre

Rating: 4.89 stars   143 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2650 Truxtun Road Suite 108 San Diego CA 92106 USA

Mission:

To create and perform intelligent dances that inspire the people of our region and beyond and to provide access to the viewing, training in and dancing of these dances by diverse audiences and dancers. 


Programs:

San Diego Dance Theater has truly carved a creative niche in the San Diego arts scene. Trolley Dances was created in 1999 as a collaboration between SDDT and the Metropolitan Transit System. Each year, Artistic Director Isaacs invites choreographers with diverse aesthetics and styles from around the U.S. and Mexico to create six site-specific works for different venues along an established San Diego trolley route.  Past performance spaces have included the escalator of a shopping center, the banks of the San Diego River, the inside of a hotel room, a library, a sports bar and a fountain.  The distinctiveness of these different venues creates creative challenges for the 50 dancers who bring each piece to life.  In 2008, we inaugurated our Kids on Board program that enabled students from underserved neighborhoods the opportunity to watch a special performance of Trolley Dances and to participate in workshops teaching public art/dance. 

 

 

 

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Rating: 5 stars  

San Diego Dance Theater and Dance Fierce has made a huge difference in my daughter's life, besides being a great exercise on a weekly basis, it provides confidence, discipline, and a sense of accomplishment AND a sense of belonging. This is a structured and professional class and I highly appreciate not only being affordable but the scholarship opportunities. THANK YOU!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great program, affordable. My daughter loves it. Highly professional and great for teenagers.

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

DANCE FIERCE after school program for teenagers

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a member of the audience. Jean Isaac's Trolley Dances are an innovative program of six or seven original interpretive dances, each one performed at a separate site around the city of San Diego. Each site is easily accessed (and this is how access is encouraged) by taking the trolley. Every year, different dances are created and performed and new sites are chosen to stage each separate dance. Tickets include the trolley fare. Access is available to handicapped individuals. The tour takes about 3 hours. It is a wonderful way to spend a day outdoors, enjoy music and dance, discover new sites in San Diego, and familiarize people with our public transportation. It is not unusual to reconnect with old friends, regular attendees and coworkers.

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

Months after the last set of Trolley Dances, recalling last year's performances warms me on this cold, rainy March day. I look forward to this year's presentations. Quick story; one dance last year was performed at a fountain/pool in a park. Some homeless people were nearby, and one, whose alcohol intake was clearly detectable from a significant distance placed himself in front of the crowd to watch. No threat to anyone. He was enthralled. What a gift for an unfortunate individual!

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

I don't think there is anything I would change. There is seating, usually given first to the elderly or handicapped. Everyone else just figures how to arrange themselves so they can see best. It keeps the mood casual and allows the audience to bond with each other as they figure how to accommodate the needs of small children and older or handicapped individuals. It really becomes a community experience. This should be considered for a CONTEST campaign

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is a beautiful part of our community that helps many people on a daily basis. Movement, relating to rhythm and music is innate in all of us and is a part of all of our ancestries. This organization is able to fulfill us with the need that we have to take part in dance. Providing us with happiness, health and longevity, and a feeling of accomplishment. Through the amazing art form known as dance, this organization is able to give hope, give a voice, improve heath, educate, and empower individuals of all ages in the community.

I have not only had the amazing opportunity to dance with this organization several years ago, but every year I take part in viewing their beautiful art form and allowing it to touch and inspire my life as well as the lives of my children, family, and friends.

Without this dance organization, there would be a void. My hope is that they will continue to help and empower our community for many years to come.

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

I've taken classes that have inspired me and allowed me to grow as an artist and as an individual.

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

I would not make any changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so excited about the new program for elders. I know how important this is for their well-being, socialization, and exercise! Thank you San Diego Dance Theatre.

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

Look forward to see how the new program progresses!

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

Can't think of one.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

San Diego Dance Theatre under the tireless, wise and passionate leadership of Jean Isaacs has served thousands of dancers over nearly 4 decades. Another reviewer commented that Jean Isaacs is the mother of modern dance in San Diego and this is true. I've seen numerous performances of Jean's choreographer for both her professional company dancers and her many students and she is truly gifted in her ability to bring out the best in her dancers beginning students to professionals. Jean can and has inspired many people to embrace the calling of the dance.

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

I've been fed by Jean's teaching and choreography and am inspired by her dedication to dance in our city.

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

I don't have any suggestions for changing SDDT. I think they do an excellent job of bringing dance to our region in unique and empowering ways through Trolley Dances, their concert series, Cabaret Dances and the education programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

San Diego Dance Theater is a great group! They do so much for the dance community/audiences of San Diego. The annual Trolley Dances and Cabaret series are always inspired! I've so enjoyed their growth over the years.

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

Seeing wonderful dance grow in Sd over the decades.

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

give them more funding so they can do more shows in more places...they could also do dance in the schools outreachs

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Rating: 5 stars  

San Diego Dance Theater has a wonderful artistic director and choreographer, Jean Isaacs, beautiful dancers, great choreography.

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

Jean Isaacs helped me to become a professional dancer and choreographer.

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

support them as much as I can and would love to see their work in Europe.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Dance Place is an excellent resource for the San Diego community. I have watched performances there and also received scholarship money to attend classes there. They offer a great service to the dance community and a succesful non-profit organization.

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

receiving scholarships from this organization to attend dance classes.

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

I don't have any changes as of now.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jean Isaacs is the mother of modern dance in San Diego. She has consistently trained dancers to the professional level while maintaining her outstanding contributions in presenting modern dance in SD. Jean's commitment to the artistic community in SD deserves recognition and reward.
Her dances always delight the audience, her dancers are beautiful, unique and generous. Jean continues to offer dance programs and dance opportunities that extend to all ages, levels of ability, economic/social conditions, ethnicities etc. Jean continues to refine and remake her art and she finds innovative ways to reach her audience. I strongly believe that given financial support, Jean Isaacs will continue to enhance the dance community. On a very personal level, I certainly would not be a professor of dance if were not for Jean's constant support and mentoring. Jean has truly created, from a grassroots level, a solid environment for dance and dancers to flourish in SD.

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

Today I am a tenured Associate Professor of Dance. I am a complete and total product of Jean Isaacs' impact on dance training, teaching and performing in SD. However, I am not alone, because she does this for so many dancers. I hope you hear from all of them

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

The bottom line for changes or improvements is always money. Given money, there is no end to the positive affects Jean Isaacs can have on dancers and the dance community.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

San Diego Dance Theater is an exceptional, healthy, professional organization with a strong commitment to dancers, dance art, students of dance, and the community in general. I have known SDDT's director, Jean Isaacs, for over 20 years. She has developed a corporate culture based on a vision that embraces individuals and the public through her genuine appreciation for not only the art form of SDDT but for humankind. The company members deliver this vision through their work, their openness, and through their complete commitment to the company and to the art form. San Diego is a better place because SDDT is part of the arts and culture industry here, and because SDDT and its stakeholders are dedicated to dance and to San Diego.

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

the numbers and diverse individuals served, which is evident in audience, in membership, in dancers, in board members, and in staff. I attend performances whenever possible, and through SDDT, I have developed a strong appreciation for the art form as well as for the people presenting it.

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

like to write grants for them to help develop awareness and income.

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