Founded as San Diego Dance Theater in 1972 by George Willis, Professor Emeritus of Dance at San Diego State University, SDDT has enriched the cultural life of San Diego through countless modern dance concerts and by providing the best in training for professional, junior, and senior dancers. Local dance icon Jean Isaacs joined the company as Artistic Director in 1997 and her name was added to the logo, bringing a level of modern dance choreographic excellence and artistic integrity to the company that remains unsurpassed in San Diego County. Ten professional dancers are contracted each year to become part of our house company. Performances include fully-staged repertory concerts, site-specific community performances, and presentations in our White Box performance space. We are also known for our cross border projects, Trolley Dances™, Summer Workshops and the sheer beauty of our dancers.
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 dances by people representing diversity of all kinds.
The dances created have to be gorgeous and very physical. They have to inspire kinetic empathy in the viewers, who must feel as though they could jump inside the dancers' skin. They have to reflect the world as it is now: urban, edgy, moving towards gender equality, deeply human, and danced by people of varied sizes, colors and background, and finally these dances help me understand a shift in myself: they reveal to me something I have not figured out before.