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: 4 stars  

SD dance theater was my first exposure to modern dance and attending live dance performances. What I appreciated most was the intimate settings for the performances. As an audience member, you felt very connected with each performance, especially since they also allowed audiences to come watch works in progress at the studio. Their annual trolley show is a perfect example of how this organization wants to and continues to stay connected with the city and its people as they use the city elements as their stage and you are there right in front watching.
It is such a valuable addition to the "culture" of San Diego.

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

enhancing my personal life and exposure to modern dance.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have enjoyed watching the Jean Isaacs dance groups for over 20 years. When you search for a dance that emphasizes artistic expression and development of all aspects of modern dance in San Diego, the name Jean Isaacs heads the list. The performances are frequent, the dancers represent all ages, and the dance routines are fresh and contemporary. One of the many artistic achievements that I notice is the integration of the music and the dancing. Recently, the Trolley Dances, held outside at various locations along the trolley route for several years, exemplify the connection Jean Isaac performances have the general public. Families, groups of children of all ages, and performing arts enthusiasts stand side by side absorbing the wonderful performances. San Diego is blessed to have such a dedicated artist as Madame Isaacs leading our young aspiring dancers. More information can be found at: http://www.sandiegodancetheater.org/

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

Trolley Dances Street Dances in Solana Beach Concerts at San Diego State University Concerts at downtown facility (15 years ago)

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Clone Jean Isaacs

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theatre brings so much to San Diego! Her outreach constantly exposes new audiences to dance and always includes art that is accessible for ALL to enjoy. Not only does Jean bring communities wonderful shows to view, she also reaches out to help people understand that dance is for EVERYbody, no matter the age or ability. Her studio offers adult classes at all levels and they have recently added a class called "aging creatively"- something not to miss. Take a class today!

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Jean's generosity has allowed me to take part in her "work-study" program, allowing me to help with events in exchange for training.

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be sure everyone knew how great it is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful idea...providing music and dance to a group of high school students that have neither in their curriculum...And not just a good idea on paper...the students really love it! The performance was great..everyone was having fun and had learned an incredible amount in such a short period.

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

By watching the end of semester performance on videotape.

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

Fully fund it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The San Diego Dance Theater is a wonderful group. They put on high quality performances that appeal to a wide variety of viewers. Before seeing my first dance performance, I was skeptical on how much I would enjoy it. The San Diego Dance Theater was my first exposure to dance and I have loved it ever since. I believe that this is largely due to my first experience. I think the San Diego Dance Theater is a good model for other dance groups to follow.

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

Send out an email news letter to a mailing list for future performances. If tickets are purchased, the option for a calendar event, or other reminder, to be sent to a mobile phone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing this review as part of a contest to get the SDDT funding from Guidestar. I appreciate being able to assist.

Jean Issacs company provides theater for the community as well as opportunity for dancers to perfect their craft and perform. As a dance company, they are inventive, lively and so much fun to watch. You hear and see music and movement that is original and exciting. If you wax nostalgic there are programs that mix musical standards with unexpected new movement. I enjoy live performance and feel that all communties should support local talent with attendance and appreciation. When an artist has the passion to dance and desires to be seen by those who celebrate their art, the communion is sublime.

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

Performance

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

Help them get to more cities and countries so that others could enjoy their life passion

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Rating: 5 stars  

The San Diego Dance Theater has been a great way for me to step outside of my boundaries and expand and grow as a dancer. The people who attend this organization are very welcoming and encouraging despite your age and ability. I love attending class on Wednesday evenings, and look forward to it all week long.

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

Class on Wednesday evenings from Jean Isaacs.

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I would encourage more children to join so that they can become strong in modern when they are younger.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love Trolley Dances! The stops change every year and put the rider (you actually get to ride on the trolley) in touch with different parts of San Diego and it's diverse community. The dances are funny, touching, historical, imaginative... The group you "trolley travel" with becomes a backdrop through which the experience is magnified. These performances have deeply impacted my life; my interaction with, and how I perceive the performing arts. Thank you Jean Isaacs and all your troupe. May God bless your every endeavor.
PS To "Rubber Legs" who was part of our trolley travel group 2010: It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife. Thanks for all your kindness and personal insights into the dance world! (And sharing your water spray bottle to ward off the heat also deeply appreciated.)

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

Enjoying their many varied performances and creative efforts.

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I really liked the insight given by the taped recordings before each trolley dance in 2010, talking about the choreographic inspirations and what each dance symbolized. I would like more of that kind of thing.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I attended By George By Jean on January 15th, 2011. It was a cabaret performance with Gershwin inspired dance music served up with food and beverage. I really liked the guitar player and the live music. The people who helped me find my seat and pick up some self serve foods were friendly and personable. My favorite dance piece was Rhapsody in Blue. Inspired choreography hauntingly danced to a well performed musical take. Recalled my own days of romantic fantasy; days that had been so long forgotten I thought they'd never existed. Pleasure!

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

Attending performances.

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

Cut back on the male partners solo dances.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The dance program extended to High Tech High has immensely helped students to be more confident, active, and creative with dance arts. What the students do here is unequal in results.

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Seeing the improved student body.

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

Increase the funding to bring in more students.

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