San Diego Dance Theater was founded in 1972 by George Willis, Professor Emeritus of Dance at San Diego State University. George’s goal was to bring joy, comedy and theatricality to modern dance and to train young dancers. Jean Isaacs was appointed Artistic Director in 1997. Under her direction, SDDT has earned its reputation as a company of professional dancers committed to unconventional and deeply courageous programming. George and Jean have expanded access to the stage for dancers of many nationalities, races, ages and physical abilities. SDDT is known for cross-border projects, summer dance workshops and the yearly site-specific performance Trolley Dances™.
To create and perform dances that breathe life into the people of our region and beyond, and to provide access to professional training and the performance of these dances by people representing diversity of all kinds.