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Review for San Diego Dance Theatre, San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... my life as a dancer by hobby and an audience member. The arts are essential to a fulfilling life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... find more funding. The arts are especially hard-hit during a recession.

Role:  Donor & Took dance classes, saw shows.