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San Diego Dance Theatre

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Dance


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. 


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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21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have found San Diego Dance Theater at the forefront of creating possibilities for emerging artists like myself with a platform to foster dance performance and choreography. By providing dance classes, summer workshops, master classes, and opportunities to both perform and show new pieces of choreographic work, San Diego Dance Theater is nurturing and shaping future dance artists and dance makers of our community. I am grateful for the opportunities and programming that San Diego Dance Theater has been able to provide me to enhance my dance career.

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