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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

139 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.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is a beautiful part of our community that helps many people on a daily basis. Movement, relating to rhythm and music is innate in all of us and is a part of all of our ancestries. This organization is able to fulfill us with the need that we have to take part in dance. Providing us with happiness, health and longevity, and a feeling of accomplishment. Through the amazing art form known as dance, this organization is able to give hope, give a voice, improve heath, educate, and empower individuals of all ages in the community.

I have not only had the amazing opportunity to dance with this organization several years ago, but every year I take part in viewing their beautiful art form and allowing it to touch and inspire my life as well as the lives of my children, family, and friends.

Without this dance organization, there would be a void. My hope is that they will continue to help and empower our community for many years to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so excited about the new program for elders. I know how important this is for their well-being, socialization, and exercise! Thank you San Diego Dance Theatre.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theatre under the tireless, wise and passionate leadership of Jean Isaacs has served thousands of dancers over nearly 4 decades. Another reviewer commented that Jean Isaacs is the mother of modern dance in San Diego and this is true. I've seen numerous performances of Jean's choreographer for both her professional company dancers and her many students and she is truly gifted in her ability to bring out the best in her dancers beginning students to professionals. Jean can and has inspired many people to embrace the calling of the dance.

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theater has a wonderful artistic director and choreographer, Jean Isaacs, beautiful dancers, great choreography.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jean Isaacs is the mother of modern dance in San Diego. She has consistently trained dancers to the professional level while maintaining her outstanding contributions in presenting modern dance in SD. Jean's commitment to the artistic community in SD deserves recognition and reward.
Her dances always delight the audience, her dancers are beautiful, unique and generous. Jean continues to offer dance programs and dance opportunities that extend to all ages, levels of ability, economic/social conditions, ethnicities etc. Jean continues to refine and remake her art and she finds innovative ways to reach her audience. I strongly believe that given financial support, Jean Isaacs will continue to enhance the dance community. On a very personal level, I certainly would not be a professor of dance if were not for Jean's constant support and mentoring. Jean has truly created, from a grassroots level, a solid environment for dance and dancers to flourish in SD.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theater is an exceptional, healthy, professional organization with a strong commitment to dancers, dance art, students of dance, and the community in general. I have known SDDT's director, Jean Isaacs, for over 20 years. She has developed a corporate culture based on a vision that embraces individuals and the public through her genuine appreciation for not only the art form of SDDT but for humankind. The company members deliver this vision through their work, their openness, and through their complete commitment to the company and to the art form. San Diego is a better place because SDDT is part of the arts and culture industry here, and because SDDT and its stakeholders are dedicated to dance and to San Diego.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jean Isaacs and Sand Diego Dance Theater have been very influential on my life as a dancer/choreographer. I consider Jean my first dance teacher; her teachings deeply informed my dancing and choreography, which have in turn informed almost all other aspects of my life.

San Diego Dance Theater was one of the first producers of my solo projects through their summer workshops. These early opportunities allowed me to discover my voice as a choreographer and solo performer.

Currently, I am studying architecture, another way to look at form and movement through space. I also still perform. Dance my have been an unusual way to arrive at architecture, but I think it was a good one.

Jean's enthusiasm in the studio is exciting to see, as is her commitment to her art; it is this enthusiasm and commitment which led me into the deepness of dance, which altered the direction of my life.

many thanks to Jean Isaacs and San Diego Dance Theater!
Amanda Waal

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jean Isaacs and San Diego Dance Theatre have long been a symbol of creative and innovative dance in the San Diego dance scene. The work Jean does both onstage and off has been vital to the development of modern dance in San Diego. She has trained many young dancers in the community that have gone on to be performers, teachers and choreographers across the continent. Her classes are rich with imagery and detail, refining the artistry of each dancer while challenging their physicality. Her ability to inspire and nurture curiosity while challenging ones intellect is inspiring to me as a teacher and choreographer. Ms. Isaacs work is often clever, engaging and rich, full of lush movement and laced with detail. I always look forward to my return visits to San Diego to see her work and take class.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Not only is the San Diego Theatre an exaple of fine art, but also of passion and perseverance.
I have enjoyed the collaborations we have had together, and have grown with the experiance.

Isabel Beteta
Mexico City

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Jean teaches classes that are lush, engaging, musical, and ask commitment of the dancer. You also feel a real sense of community among the students. I simply like being around Jean, moving in her style, and being a part of this warm community. I feel like she is a real light for san diego dancers.
Trolley dances, which I have seen for 3 years, is a wonderful bringing together of a larger community, where we get to see excellent professional and touching dance as well as feel like we are on an adventure. It is what she does so well in so many realms---brings people together and reminds us of our shared warmth and spirit.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theatre (SDDT) is like a dance home to me. When I first moved to San Diego from Boston 15 years ago, I didn't know anyone. As soon as I walked into San Diego Dance Theatre's studios I felt like I was at home: I made new friends, was able to take professional-level classes, but most importantly I connected with the finest modern dance company in all of San Diego. SDDT, under the director of Jean Isaacs, has been a mainstay in the San Diego Dance world for many reasons: SDDT attracts talented dancers to the company, develops emerging dancers (such as Monica Bill Barnes), sponsors partnerships with dance companies all over the world by offering master classes and performance opportunities, has a wonderful Summer intensive dance program, and offers many opportunities for the community to be involved in dance, such as the now-famous Trolley Dances and the current partnership with High Tech High. Lastly, SDDT performances are beautiful, funny and entertaining.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Sand Diego Dance Theatre and enjoyed multiple performances for over 10 years. Jean Isaacs is an innovator, mentor, and outstanding Artistic Director. She has inspired, taught and given multiple beginning dancers their start in the modern dance world. Jean Isaacs through her invention of The Trolley Dances has exposed a vast number of new audience members to Modern Dance. Who knows how many tiny tots to teenagers has her work and the work of other National and Internationally known choreographers introduced and helped create the future modern dancers, choreographers and Artistic Directors.
Jean Isaacs is a visionary.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

SD dance theater was my first exposure to modern dance and attending live dance performances. What I appreciated most was the intimate settings for the performances. As an audience member, you felt very connected with each performance, especially since they also allowed audiences to come watch works in progress at the studio. Their annual trolley show is a perfect example of how this organization wants to and continues to stay connected with the city and its people as they use the city elements as their stage and you are there right in front watching.
It is such a valuable addition to the "culture" of San Diego.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed watching the Jean Isaacs dance groups for over 20 years. When you search for a dance that emphasizes artistic expression and development of all aspects of modern dance in San Diego, the name Jean Isaacs heads the list. The performances are frequent, the dancers represent all ages, and the dance routines are fresh and contemporary. One of the many artistic achievements that I notice is the integration of the music and the dancing. Recently, the Trolley Dances, held outside at various locations along the trolley route for several years, exemplify the connection Jean Isaac performances have the general public. Families, groups of children of all ages, and performing arts enthusiasts stand side by side absorbing the wonderful performances. San Diego is blessed to have such a dedicated artist as Madame Isaacs leading our young aspiring dancers. More information can be found at: http://www.sandiegodancetheater.org/

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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!

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Sarah B.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful idea...providing music and dance to a group of high school students that have neither in their curriculum...And not just a good idea on paper...the students really love it! The performance was great..everyone was having fun and had learned an incredible amount in such a short period.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am writing this review as part of a contest to get the SDDT funding from Guidestar. I appreciate being able to assist.

Jean Issacs company provides theater for the community as well as opportunity for dancers to perfect their craft and perform. As a dance company, they are inventive, lively and so much fun to watch. You hear and see music and movement that is original and exciting. If you wax nostalgic there are programs that mix musical standards with unexpected new movement. I enjoy live performance and feel that all communties should support local talent with attendance and appreciation. When an artist has the passion to dance and desires to be seen by those who celebrate their art, the communion is sublime.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Trolley Dances! The stops change every year and put the rider (you actually get to ride on the trolley) in touch with different parts of San Diego and it's diverse community. The dances are funny, touching, historical, imaginative... The group you "trolley travel" with becomes a backdrop through which the experience is magnified. These performances have deeply impacted my life; my interaction with, and how I perceive the performing arts. Thank you Jean Isaacs and all your troupe. May God bless your every endeavor.
PS To "Rubber Legs" who was part of our trolley travel group 2010: It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely wife. Thanks for all your kindness and personal insights into the dance world! (And sharing your water spray bottle to ward off the heat also deeply appreciated.)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I attended By George By Jean on January 15th, 2011. It was a cabaret performance with Gershwin inspired dance music served up with food and beverage. I really liked the guitar player and the live music. The people who helped me find my seat and pick up some self serve foods were friendly and personable. My favorite dance piece was Rhapsody in Blue. Inspired choreography hauntingly danced to a well performed musical take. Recalled my own days of romantic fantasy; days that had been so long forgotten I thought they'd never existed. Pleasure!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The dance program extended to High Tech High has immensely helped students to be more confident, active, and creative with dance arts. What the students do here is unequal in results.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cortney Golub's group of students lovce this! I love it! It looks like fun I'm considering joining!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been dancing on and off with multiple companies since I was four and I haven't been with a company as educational and compatible to new and experienced dancers since San Diego Dance Theatre's Dance Fierce program. It's a lot of fun and I look forward to everyday that I have class.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed and inspired by the work that DANCE FIERCE, in conjunction with its teachers and SDDT, is able to create. The young middle and high school-aged dancers in this program, many of whom are also my own math students, have grown SO much through their experiences with DANCE FIERCE and SDDT. I have seen a noticable increase in levels of confidence. I have also witnessed that these students have learned about the dedication, hard work and persistence that it takes to be successful and fulfilled dancers...more than that, I have watched them apply these same skills to their academics. I have seen how important and beneficial the arts are to ALL areas of one's life, and specifically I am indebted to DANCE FIERCE and SDDT for all that they have done for my students and for the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dance program that Cortney Golub runs and organizes is a wonderful way for students to release some of that school pressure in a positive, uplifting way. I attended the last Dance Fierce performance and saw many of the students that I teach dancing and twirling and running across the floor in wild outfits with wonderful, beautiful smiles on there faces. I was moved to tears in the beginning of the performance while watching some of my students who are quiet, reserved and timid little things blossom on the stage to performers! Dedication and love are key components to this creation and wonderful people are a part of it trying daily to make it bigger and better! I want Dance Fierce to grow and grow!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theater has enriched my life and the lives of my close friends a great deal. Dance is such a central part of my life and SDDT has allowed me to continue my relationship with dance with their work-study and scholarship opportunities. Opportunities like these from a renowned dance institution are very hard to come by but San Diego Dance Theater is exceptional at involving arts in the center of the community. This is definitely an organization that should continue to be supported for its exceptional work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MY DAUGHTER HAS BEN ATTENDING SDDT FOR THE PAST 6 MONTHS.
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT....IT HAS HELPED HER IMMENSELY IN SO MANY AREAS OUTSIDE OF THE DANCE THEATER.....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending perfornances of the SDDT for a number of years and believe that they are an important force in the artistic culture of San Diego. There are two annual performances I especially believe to be unique and artistically relevant...a real boon to the local art community.

One is the annual Trolley Dances. This group of interactive performances is always entertaining and the utilization of the local trolley lines is interesting and full of surprises.

The second event I really look forward to is the Cabaret Dances. This evening is sophisticated and often nostalgic. Wonderful evenings!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this dance studio because it has tought me so many different types of dance like Hip Hop and Ballet! This is my favorite dance studio ever!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dance class is fun and challenging. The instructors are knowledgeable and kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed watching the Trolley Dances these many years - I have not missed a one. It is fun to watch the dancing and see different areas of San Diego. The choreographers do a great job with the different sites.

I have also attended many student performances and the larger productions. Jean Isaacs does a great job.

Mother of a Dance Student

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Client Served

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theatre has given my daughter the opportunity to experience dance classes at an affordable cost. My daughter is enjoying her time with the instructors and is learning a side of dance she would have never experienced. She looks forward to every dance class and she feels the instructors are very positive and understanding. She is looking forward to being a part of this organinzation for a long time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

San Diego Dance Theater is amazing! I was stunned to see how dedicated the performets and staff were to putting on a show. Not to mention how each performance can be so emotionally moving, where consciousness is raised. Not on merely a personal level for myself, but probably a community level! Being a border town, SDDT include important diversity components, making it an educational experience that expands one's mind. Thanks for all that you do to make our community great!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theatre has offered many shows over the years and I have had the opportunity to see many of the outstanding performances. In addition to viewing shows in the studio or a theatre, the outdoor Trolley Dances are a fun and unique way to see dance in San Diego.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The dance classes offered through Dance Fierce is a wonderful after school opportunity for students in secondary schools. The classes are diverse and the teachers are wonderful. Even though Dance Fierce is just starting out, this is one of the most professional after school programs that I have encountered. The kids are fully engaged as they truly respect their teachers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I fully support San Diego Dance Theater's mission to create and perform intelligent dances that inspire, provide access to the viewing, training in and dancing of dance by diverse audiences and dancers. They have achieved that goal and continue to raise the bar.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theater offers creative opportunities
for people of a wide range of ages.
This company continuously impacts the vitality of art
in this city; San Diego.
Being involved with SDDT as a student, dance performer, patron, and volunteer for almost 20 years has enriched my life immeasurably.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

the Dance Fierce program offered by the SDDT is the only one of its kind in the area, and it does a spectacular job of offering high quality, serious modern dance classes to all kids and to girls and boys alike, of the sort one finds only in big urban areas like NY or LA or locations that have top caliber dance companies. Teachers come with serious professional qualifications and some are garnering excellent reviews. This is a quality program in modern dance where kids are really focused and learn a lot while they enjoy themselves, bringing serious and exciting multicultural and progressive dance culture to a town that sorely needs its horizons expanded in arts and culture.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the San Diego Dance Theatre! I am not a "dance-person" but one of my close friends is, and I really enjoy going to her perfoamnces as well as otherthings that I have seen. My favorite are the trolley dances..what a great way to showcase San diego and all the great dancers!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theater is the most comprehensive dance company in town. They are inclusive of all ages, interests, and abilities, and they provide numerous opportunities for the public to get involved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

San Diego Dance Theater is a wonderful modern dance company performing, training, and educating in the San Diego area. It's astonishing that SDDT has been in existence since 1972, entirely through the efforts of the director, Jean Isaacs, with lots of help from volunteers and staff. And it exists as a non-profit entity for the benefit of the community. Can you imagine Jean's vision and dedication for 39 years?

SDDT is a source of pride and joy in San Diego. It is a fountain for creative talent and performance by the company's dancers. It provides opportunity for creative motivation and expression for young people in the community. And, of course, it has provided opportunity for appreciation of dance, artistically and athletically, by audiences for 39 years.

The performing arts add immeasurable vitality and wonder to our lives. As one ad goes, "a great nation deserves great art." Encouragement and support of the performing arts is so important in these times of contentious budgets. We must be grateful to San Diego Dance Theater (and other groups) for its vision, dedication, and perseverance in the performing arts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is a beautiful thing to see children dicover their passions. Dance FIERCE allows students the opportunity to grow through dance. Teens often are subject to peer pressure and find it hard to step out away from the crowd, this program is spectacular in its effort to offer young adults a safe place to explore their own genuine interests. Bravo Dance FIERCE, keep up the excellent work!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has played a huge role in my life. I have always had a love for dance but started dancing later in life. San Diego Dance Theatre puts out artistic, beautiful, and professional work that is an inspiration to me. I take classes frequently that help me to grow in my dance technique and in my passion for dance. I have tried other schools of dance and and none of them come close to providing me with the experience that this one does. I feel encouraged, welcomed, and supported. This organization also provided me with a scholarship that allowed me to participate in a summer workshop. I love to volunteer as well because I wish to give back to this organization as well as I love being a part of all that they do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During a very difficult time for arts organizations, Jean Issacs and her company ,the "San Diego Dance Theater" has consistantly continued to contribute greatly to the cultural environment of San Diego. Without compromising or commercializing her approach to modern dance, she has made it more readily accessible to members of the community from all walks of life. By taking well choreographed, well danced works to the streets in "Trolly Dances", and to the informal setting of "Cabaret Dances", she has reached a broader audience, while at the same time continuing to present the excellent formal theatre works which have been the foundation of her company. It takes enormous energy, skill and talent to do what Jean and her company have done. We all reap the benefit of this dedication. It certainly deserves support.

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Joyce Ann M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

San Diego Dance Theatre has enriched my life for over 25 years. I am a dancer, educator and audience member. Last year when I attended SDDT's performance of Rhapsody in Blue, I was amazed by the quality of the production. The choreography, costumes, and music transported me to a magic place. San Diego Dance Theatre continues to provide this magic to audiences in the San Diego region and beyond.

The organization has also provided me (and thousands of others) with quality dance training, and performance opportunities. On-going classes, workshops for youth, and dance in public schools support the SDDT's mission of providing access to dance for diverse populations.

One of the highlights of my teaching career was when company dancer, Veronica Martin visited O'Farrell Community School where I was teaching music and dance. She set a dance on a group of sixth grade students who then performed for the O'Farrell Community. The audience was amazed by the skill and focus the young dancers displayed. When I think of SDDT, I always think "AMAZING!"

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization with fantastic programs for all ages. We participate in the youth program and are impressed with the generosity of the instructors and the hand on input by Jean. Thank you SDDT!

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For 2 years I've been dancing with the San Diego Dance theature with my fellow High Tech High students. Going through a tough year in life, dancing was my outlet and the mi nute I stepped into my dance shoes and onto the dance floor, I forgot about my problems. By the end of our class when we perform, I feel a bond with everyone and know that we've worked so hard on the dance piece. The teachers provide us with great choreography and they are always fun to learn from. I feel so accomplished when I perform with everyone but then sad that another class has ended. Dance is a hobby I want to continue doing for the rest of my life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

DanceFierce is a wonderful organization. As school funding for the arts continues to be cut in San Diego and throughout the nation, we desperately need programs like this to keep students engaged, focused, and excited about school. I am so grateful that this program exists within my community, and can benefit students throughout the San Diego area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

DANCE FIERCE and SDDT are changing lives day by day! Cortney Golub is tireless in her efforts to connect SDDT with young people in the community and is succeeding beyond measures! Kids need arts, particulatly performance arts opportunities. There are no programs in San Diego who refuse to exist unless they have the ability to serve all. DANCE FIERCE you are an inspiration. I hope you can get funding to continue your efforts. Cortney, you are simply amazing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loved the trolley dances, thanks for sponsoring such innovative and professional dancers! Keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing lots more fun events!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar