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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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater has a long term track record of student scholarship, emerging choreographer mentorship, and community accessible dance theater. I first became involved with the SDDT in 1999 as a student and volunteer. Jean Isaacs displayed a generosity to all San Diego artists and groups that I found unmatched within the community. An immensely talented teacher and choreographer, Jean also found time to support the arts community as a whole without proprietorship or inclusiveness; her commitment and generosity inspired me as well as her strong work ethic. For this reason, with a full schedule, I made time to donate my skills in any way I could over the years. The company follows her lead, giving back in multiple ways as teachers and performers. I have volunteered my time with various youth groups as a videographer and saw her SDDT company members in action working with the kids at King Chavez and High Tech High. The positive relationship between these SDDT teachers and the youth will resonate for years to come, benefiting San Diego in priceless ways for the family and community good.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have personally seen San Diego Dance Theater touch many lives, including my own. From fostering and encouraging different ideas in movement to providing a wonderful space for people of all ages and levels, San Diego Dance Theater is truly one of a kind. The amazing, challenging and thoughtful movement offered in classes brings a sense of accomplishment to dancers once it is mastered. Not only does San Diego Dance Theater offer the community wonderful insights into the world of modern dance through performances, this organization is aiming to continue outreach efforts by engaging youth in after school programs as well as providing classes for older adults giving them the opportunity to express themselves creatively. This organization is at the forefront of creativity, outreach, and adventure in this world we call modern dance.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jean Isaacs' SDDT hits the artistic gold standard for modern dance. It's smart yet accessible, and gorgeous to watch in the theater. SDDT prides itself on opening art into public spaces and developing diverse audiences, artists, and venues. In short, it's a gem. I've been following the company for over 20 years and still am delighted and amazed with the work and the beauty of the dancers.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I enjoyed Jean Isaacs amazing choreography for many years before being honored with an invitation to the board. Jean and her dancers continue to perform at the highest levels from Trolley Dances to Cabaret Dances. With Cabaret Dance performances this season at the The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla, we reached many new audience members. Dance is the most challenging art to perform and to garner support. I invite everyone out there to come see dance, come see the Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and be inspired.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

SD Dance Theater provides immeasurable opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities to participate in the wonderful art form of dance. The spectrum runs the gamut - from 1) volunteering (fundraisers, event planning, set up, ticket sales, tour guides) to 2) personal growth opportunities with exploring delicious and creative movement vocabulary in dance class, master classes, studio showings, Trolley Dances, and other unique performance opportunities to 3) taking in the beautiful artistry of the SDDT dancers. Jean Isaacs is an amazing and inspiring dance educator, the best in San Diego.

Review from Guidestar