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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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have really enjoyed taking class from Jean Isaacs and all the teachers at SDDT. I've also enjoyed their shows - their Cabaret dances in the winter of 2004/5 was the first dance show I'd ever seen, and how keenly did it whet my appetite. Jean has also hosted a wonderful series inviting some outstanding Mexican dance companies to come to San Diego to teach and perform. I'm really grateful to Jean and to SDDT. They are wonderful people and wonderful performers and wonderful curators and wonderful choreographers.

Review from Guidestar

Jack A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SDDT did a fabulous job at two events revolving around TEDxSanDiego. They had an incredible duo perform an innovative in the midst of a reception. They stopped everyone in their tracks it was simply incredible, almost beyond belief. Jeanne Isaacs, the lead and one of her key performers, John also performed for the TEDx audience at the main event. They actually created a short dance right in front of our eyes. It was a highlight of the day and one we'll never forget. It opened our eyes up to this amazing group that has brought dance to all corners of San Diego County. Their innovative Trolley Dances bring dance toa new level. Regretfully I forget the specific name, but it's location specific and requires an insane ability to improvise.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been dancing with Dance Fierce for the past year and a half and it has been a blast! ^~^

Review from Guidestar