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San Diego Dance Theatre

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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

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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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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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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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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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great opportunities, great classes, and a very supportive environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love dancing here. It is really fun and the teachers are so fun and nice.(:

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love dancing here, its amazing and everyone is so nice. All everybody wants to do is help you get better at your love of dancing. They welcome all ages and levels. Its really like one big happy family where you can go dance for an hour or two and leave all you worries behind. I absolutely love it and i don't know what i would do without jean issues issacs dance theater!

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Angela W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am a student in this program and have had so many great experiences with this program. Ive been there in the class from the start and seeing it grow into something a little bigger each time is amazing. I hope it can continue to grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the San Diego Dance Theater! There is such a huge opportunity to learn to dance for any student on any level. It has truly provided a positive experience for myself and for other beginning dancers!

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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.

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