Terry Wilson, Artistic Director
Terry Wilson has been performing, choreographing and teaching for over 32 years. Her dance career began the minute she met Jean Isaacs and she has performed over 50 dances created by Jean. She studied with her at SDSU and consequently began dancing for Three’s Company and Dancers in 1986. Terry then performed for Isaacs/McCaleb and Dancers for eight years before leaving to obtain her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Following that, she returned to San Diego to dance for Jean at San Diego Dance Theater, retiring from performing in 2003. Terry choreographed for the first 2 years of Trolley Dances, performed in the third event and was invited back to choreograph in the 2008, 2014 and 2018 “best of” Trolley Dance performances. After retiring from performing, she worked with Jean to create “Moving Stories,” a children’s program; became rehearsal director for company repertoire; and served on the Board of Directors for San Diego Dance Theater. She is honored to have worked alongside Jean again, as Associate Artistic Director, for the last year and a half. As she moves into the Artistic Director position, Terry is excited to infuse the upcoming seasons with exciting new approaches to dance making, training and performance. In 2000 Terry won the San Diego Dance Alliance Tommy Award for best female performer, and in 2015 The City College Dance Collective took first place for site-specific dance in the International Fringe Festival. She also holds a BS in Psychology from San Diego State University. Terry is a Professor of Dance at San Diego City College and a Lecturer in Dance at the University of California, San Diego.
Rebekah Brown, Operations Manager
Originally from the small town of Ashland, Ohio, Rebekah started dancing at age seven at Opus II Dance Studio studying ballet, jazz, modern, and tap. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and while there, pioneered a study abroad program with the University of Chichester in England. She also holds an MFA in Choreography from Mills College. As Operations Manager, Rebekah coordinates programs and events for San Diego Dance Theater and manages the rental space, White Box Live Arts, at Liberty Station. She is on Faculty and an Outreach Teaching Artist for San Diego Dance Theater School, drawing on inspiration from her training and 15 years of teaching and choreographing. Her curiosity for multi-disciplinary art continues to be a strong component of her creative work.
Rebekah directs H2O Dance Company, a contemporary modern dance company founded in 2015. H2O’s mission is to create inspiring, accessible dance work while providing a space where artists can be supported, ask questions, and create community. In addition, she is the co-curator for Fresh Dances with colleague Emily Miller and works with Ian Isles to curate ArtMOVES, the dance stage at ArtWalk San Diego in Little Italy. She also works with the dance team at Awaken Church on musicals and creative items throughout the year. Rebekah pursues performance, choreography, teaching, and arts administration and consistently remains connected to dance in all aspects of her life.
Hannah Cook, Finance and Grants Assistant
Hannah Cook began training in ballet, tap, and jazz at four years old. At age eight, she joined the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective Junior Ensemble where she performed in original works with the professional company. She attended summer programs with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet School in New York. In 2007, she began the Joffrey Ballet School’s Trainee Program. She completed her BA in Dance at UCSD and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014, where she was recognized as a Muir Scholar and awarded The Leandra Smith Memorial Dance Scholarship. Hannah also has a background in finance and administration.