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  

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  

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: 4 stars  

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.

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

My dance training, my positive attitude when I'm in San Diego, my artistic appreciation.

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

Make it bigger! Have more choreography competitions!

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

My dance training, my positive attitude when I'm in San Diego, my artistic appreciation.

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

Make it bigger! Have more choreography competitions!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Our event.

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

Get them some strong marketing assistance and encourage Jean to let go a bit.

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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!

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

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

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

be sure everyone knew how great it is.

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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.

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

N/a

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  

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.

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

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

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