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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. 




Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

My name is Cortney Golub and I piloted SDDT's first teen program DANCE FIERCE (http://www.dancefierce.org)
Working with SDDT has been inspirational. Jean, her dancers, her staff, everyone connected to the SDDT family is a true patron of the arts. They are committed to preserving Jean's work, creating new work, and providing avenues for young dancers and choreographers to blossom and "find themselves" as artists. I am proud to be part of the SDDT family.

Cortney Golub

Review from Guidestar