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Trolley Dances™

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In partnership with San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, SDDT has presented Trolley Dances™ for over 20 years. Trolley Dances™ was created by Jean Isaacs to make dance accessible to our entire community by taking art “to the people.” For two weekends each fall, tour guides lead groups of 70 – 100 audience members on and off the trolley at three or four stations throughout the county. More than 50 dancers perform in total at the various trolley stops. Trolley Dances™ introduces new riders to public transportation and creates opportunities for underserved neighborhoods to experience live dance performances. Typically, newly commissioned works are presented and they often address social justice issues such as immigration, homelessness and climate change.

Kids on Board, our school field trip outreach program associated with Trolley Dances™, is held the Friday of the second weekend and provides free tours to local schoolchildren, in addition to in-school dance workshops. For more information on how to attend Kids on Board, contact coordinator Jessica Curiel at

This season’s Trolley Dances performances are tentatively scheduled for June 2021.