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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Dance

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. 

 

 

 

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Yes! Please, please help the San Diego Dance Theater and artistic director Jean Isaacs. I have been a volunteer with the group for several years and I am happy about the growth shown in the dancers and performances. Jean Isaacs is a very special person and choreographer. I have not been contributing financially however I want to do anything I can to help this wonderful group!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMAZING, simply fantastic. the best dance theatre in all of San Diego

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had interactions with several youths participating in this program. I believe it is having a positive impact on their lives by providing them with such great opportunities in the performing arts. I am especially appreciative of their efforts to provide access to underprivileged youth not just the students who can afford to participate in the fine arts.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in this dance program for the first semester, I absolutely enjoyed. Since there isn't really dance at our school, the opportunity to have a place like the San Diego Dance Place to go to, is really amazing. Especially since I love to dance, and being able and know that I have my finical issues cover is amazing. This is something that I would love to continue to do, during my time at High Tech High.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through "Trolley Dances", San Diego Dance Theater introduces San Diegans to their city through dance. Not only do people have the opportunity to visit parts of the city that may be new to them, it also showcases the immense talent by members in the dance community. An event like this is a perfect marriage between the arts and the visitor's bureau - and no one else has a program like it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been dancing with San Diego Dance Theatre since I was 19. Almost 15 years later I still feel so blessed that Jean has been a part of my growth as a dancer and a overall person. I have been afforded so many opportunities, ones that I would have never been exposed to, if it were not for the community outreach that San Diego Dance Theatre does.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When i moved to San Diego in 2004, one of the first events i attended was a Trolley Dance performance by Jean Isaac's San Diego Dance Theater. I was so happy and inspired to see such great art and culture in a new city. Since then Jean has pumped out many many many more performances and community gatherings that I have attended and have seen what a huge impact San Diego Dance Theatre has in San Diego. The company has been such a focal point for dance in San Diego. It has really become the mecca of dance in southern California. I am a professional dancer in San Diego, and have always looked up to the quality of artistic outreach this company has shown.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SDDT is a blessing to the San Diego community, not just the Arts. It offers innovative programming, in particular the famous Trolley Dances performed every Fall for two weekends. We are the only city that offers urban performing art of this kind! Even Toronto, with its incredible arts culture and great public transit system, doesn't offer something like this! So raise your hands with money and accolade for SDDT and the benefits it brings to citizens of our community. Support your local arts since government certainly doesn't.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work as choreographer in the 11th trolley dances 2009, it was a lifetime experience!!!!. Almost thirteen year ago, Jean Isaacs and San Diego Dance Theater had this great idea, of bringing dance to outdoors spaces, creating Trolley Dances Festival. Year after year bringing artist from different parts of the world, trolley dances gathers more than 100 people, that takes part as dancers, choreographers, tour guides, staff and more!


Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am lucky to be a part of San Diego Dance Theatre. My role with SDDT is 'work study student'. In exchange for helping out with events and around the studio I am bequeathed free instructional classes. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with Jean and her dancers and staff. Without dance I don’t know how I would define myself. San Diego Dance Theatre brings art to life in a very publically accessible way. Jean and her dancers give parts of themselves to the community, and both benefit more than either may cognitively realize.

Review from Guidestar