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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

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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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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

i ama donor and have witnessed firsthand the wonderfule work of the dance fierce program. The students are enthusiastic, the teachers professional, and the cultural experience of dance a wonderfukl additionto a well rounded education

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Aaron C.

Donor

Rating: 5

SDDT and Jean Isaacs do such a great job with their dance students. I am an educator and many of my students take classes at SDDT. They have nothing but great things to say. It really is a fantastic experience for the kids.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jean Isaacs, the director of San Diego Dance Theatre, has spent her life building the dance community in San Diego. It is difficult to imagine that this community would ever have matured without her artistic vision and adventurousness, dedication to training dancers, and gift for mentoring students--not only those intending to make dance their career, but those for whom it is a hobby, a passion pursued alongside work in completely different areas.

I am a public health researcher with a PhD in mathematics. When I studied in San Diego, I took numerous dance classes offered by this company, its members, and its director. They made a major impact on my life, increasing both my skills as a dancer and my self-confidence in general. My appreciation for all the arts increased as a direct result of Jean Isaacs' guidance.

San Diego Dance Theatre has been an integral part of the dance community in San Diego ever since Jean Isaacs became its artistic director. Not only does it generate excellent artistic work in several shows per year, but it also offers excellent classes to the public (including programs for kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods), performance opportunities to both professional and semi-professional dancers, and mentorship to choreographers in the earlier stages of their careers.

This company is a gift to San Diego and the world.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Jean Isaacs is a creative and original dance creator, and surrounds herself with hardwoking staff and a talented dance company. I always enjoy her visualy beautiful and sexy dances. She also gives back alot to the community ranging from dance workshops to unique public performances.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great, great and more great dancing choreography and community service. A true gem in the dance arts in San Diego and world wide.

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