Winners from the 2015 Young Choreographers Showcase

Ariana Siegel - Most Original
Angel Acuna - Best Indivual Dancer

Jaime Nixon - Best Ensemble

Alyssa Junios - Audience Favorite

Photos by Sue Brenner


San Diego Young Choreographers
Showcase and Prize 2016

Contest Features $2,000 in Prize Money

Congratulations to our winners:
*Most Original Choreography: Daniel Diaz
($1000 + Production in Live Arts Fest 2017)
*Audience Favorite: Julio Velasquez
*Best Performance by a Single Dancer: Hannah Pritchett
($500) - Choreography by Aisha Reddick


San Diego Dance Theater Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize
Saturday, March 12, 2016
5 & 8 PM

White Box Live Arts
2590 Truxtun Road, #205
San Diego, CA 92106

Jean Isaacs has long been committed to nurturing the next generation of dancers and choreographers. Nowhere is this more evident than in the annual San Diego Dance Theater Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize, which this year features many new faces.
Each year, local dance makers ages 18-35 submit performance videos and the final participants are selected by an esteemed curatorial team led by Jean Isaacs (Artistic Director San Diego Dance Theater), George Willis (Professor Emeritus, SDSU School of Music and Dance and co-founder of the San Diego Dance Theater) and Margaret Marshall (SDDT Board member and founder of the Dance Program in the UC San Diego Department of Theater and Dance).
A panel of four qualified expert judges - and the audience - will award $2,000 in prize money in three categories: "Audience Favorite," "Most Original Choreography," and "Most Compelling Performance by a Single Dancer." Eleven choreographers will compete in this energizing and exciting evening of new dance.
The grand prize of $1,000 for Most Original Choreography will be augmented this year by a fully-produced evening of the winner's choreography at our 2017 Live Arts Fest.
Minerva Tapia, PhD - Cross Border Dance Activist
Kevin Patterson - Director, SD Fringe Festival
Kate Harrison Brill - Former Dancer, London Contemporary Dance Theatre
Kyle Sorensen - Co-Director Some Bodies Dance Theater, Winner of Young Choreographers Showcase 2012

Each audience member also has two votes - Your Vote Counts!

FEATURING NEW CHOREOGRAPHY by San Diego Young Choreographer Finalists:
Aisha Reddick - Grossmont College Student
Daniel Diaz - Southwestern Community College Alumni
Guillermo Castro - Canyon Crest Academy Alumni and MiraCosta College Student
Julio Velazquez - SDSU Alumni
Kymmi Kellems - California Institute for the Arts Alumni
Shelan Deloyi de Zubia - San Diego City College Student
Jill Breckenridge - University of the Arts Philadelphia Alumni
Mario Jaimes - SDSU Student
Trixi Anne Agiao & Arthur Huang - UCSD Alumni

Click to read full Choreographer Bios

White Box Live Arts
2590 Truxtun Road, #205
San Diego, CA 92106

For more information:
Call: 619.225.1803 or Email:

The San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize helps us attain the diversity component of our Mission: To provide access to the training in, viewing, and performing of San Diego Dance Theater’s dances by diverse audiences and dancers.

Please call or email for more information.
619.225.1803 -