San Diego Dance Theatre

Rating: 4.89 stars   139 reviews

Address:

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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619.225.1803
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Rating: 5 stars  

My first involovement was taking workshop dance classes many years ago. I found the dancers welcoming including dance company members. The experince was so good I continued to take weekly classes as often as I was able. Once I participated in a summer workshop & perfromance I wanted that opportunity in my own community. With the help of a grant, Jean Isaacs and the dance company generously came every summer to teach and perform in Ramona CA for 20 years. Jean and her dancers not only gave the gift of dance but life experiences and lessons to many students ages 10 years to 60 years old. I'll always remember the high student from a foster home who took part in the workshop, learned her part in the dances, then watched as the professional dancers, now her friends, took the stage. She turns to me and says "I feel like they are dancing just for me". What a wonderful experience this dance company made available for this young person and many others!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization while taking dance class, observing dance company members give instruction to all levels of dancers and watching numerous concerts at all sorts of venues, with performers of various abilities - this organization always performs with dignity, integity and character.

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

The changes I would make to San Diego Dance Theater would be to offer more opportunities to students outside of San Diego to train and learn about choregraphy

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My friend has been dancing with last fierce for the last school year and loved every minute of it. I was able to attend their winter performance which blew me away, and I left the performance energized to dance. The program is so unique and wonderful, allowing students this artistic outlet at High Tech High is extremely important. I’m looking forward to attending another performance and being blown away. The things these students can accomplish are unbelievable!

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

It has change my outlook on dance, and inspired me to think about taking up dancing

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

I would implement it as an organization into the High Tech High community even more than it is. And have the school give them more funding to allow all students the opportunity to dance.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

San Diego Dance Theatre is a fantastic program to join if you like dancing. It's so much fun and I love the dance program i'm currently involved with. It's called dance fierce and works with the High Tech Schools in Chula Vista.

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

yes

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

not change anything.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

San Diego Dance Theater is San Diego's premier modern dance company with an effective educational outreach component. I first met Jean Isaacs and her company in 1992. I was a young teen living in a small town. Knowing the importance of dance as art and education, Ms. Isaacs and company members graciously drove 45 minutes on mountainous roads to my small town to teach a three week residency (tuition free to students) that culminated in a community performance starring the company and students. I attended this workshop for five years in that small town. San Diego Dance Theater has been instrumental is shaping my education and professional choices since that first meeting.

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Ms. Isaacs introduced me to modern dance almost twenty years ago with her outreach program. Since then, I have graduated with a dance degree, attended a prestigious dance school in New York, earned a teaching credential and Master's od Education, and continue her legacy of dance education, serving thousands of underprivileged youth. San Diego Dance Theater has been instrumental in my development as a dancer and educator all along the way.

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

If I could improve this organization, I would provide it with a larger budget in order to enable the company to create more outreach opportunities and to make tours that reach beyond the borders of San Diego County.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Dance Fierce program has served as an incredible creative outlet for students from all backgrounds and has united these students through the art of dance. Students who participate in this program are more well-rounded, expressive and balanced. They pride themselves on their hard work and are more motivated every day through their experiences.

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

the students who participate in the program. These students have passion for their art and are able to express themselves, stay fit and healthy and balanced through dance.

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

I don't have any suggestions for change - just growth!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great opportunities, great classes, and a very supportive environment.

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

classes, Trolley Dances, summer intensive

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

2 hr classes, bring back Bradley's class

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love dancing here. It is really fun and the teachers are so fun and nice.(:

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

dancing here, I have such a great time!

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

nothing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love dancing here, its amazing and everyone is so nice. All everybody wants to do is help you get better at your love of dancing. They welcome all ages and levels. Its really like one big happy family where you can go dance for an hour or two and leave all you worries behind. I absolutely love it and i don't know what i would do without jean issues issacs dance theater!

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

in dancing here, i love it and they are always there for me.

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

nothing i can think of :)

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

i am a student in this program and have had so many great experiences with this program. Ive been there in the class from the start and seeing it grow into something a little bigger each time is amazing. I hope it can continue to grow.

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

performances etc.

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

nothing, just that it would get bigger and expand even further

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I absolutely love the San Diego Dance Theater! There is such a huge opportunity to learn to dance for any student on any level. It has truly provided a positive experience for myself and for other beginning dancers!

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

Dance Fierce program at the San Diego Dance Theater

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

No changes!

 
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