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Saturday and Sunday
September 24 - 25 & October 1 - 2, 2016


Who: San Diego Dance Theater and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
What: Trolley Dances 2016
Where: Begins at Continuing Education / César E. Chávez Campus, 1901 Main Street, Barrio Logan
When: September 24 and 25 and October 1 and 2, 2016
Featuring choreography by: Bill Shannon, Monica Bill Barnes, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, Jean Isaacs, and Jess Humphrey
San Diego Dance Theater's artistic director and founder of Trolley Dances, Jean Isaacs, announced today the line-up of choreographers for Trolley Dances 2016. Our 19th annual Trolley Dances will bring original site specific dances to the MTS Blue Line starting at the beautiful new Cesar Chavez Community Education Campus, one block east of the Barrio Logan trolley station.
New York City choreographer/dancer Bill Shannon heads the line-up with his unique, explosive way of moving. Born without viable hips, Shannon moves with the aid of crutches and a skateboard and has built an internationally-known reputation as a role model for the disabled community as a "can do" artist. For Trolley Dances, Bill will perform a solo in a distinctly iconic urban setting in downtown San Diego.
Best known for her work with National Public Radio's Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes spent her undergraduate years in San Diego at UC San Diego. Her quirky movement style and pop music references quickly made her a popular icon in the downtown New York City dance scene. She graced the April 2016 cover of Dance Magazine and regularly returns to Southern California to choreograph for Trolley Dances and other works. She will return this year to create new work on the core dancers of San Diego Dance Theater. "[Barnes] retains her playful slapstick charm no matter how high- or lowbrow the venue." -Dance Magazine 2016
Other choreographers include Jess Humphrey, Professor of Dance at San Diego State University, who s creating a multigenerational piece using young children, professional dancers and seniors from our Aging Creatively program. Zaquia Mahler Salinas will also create a new work, this time focusing on the culture of the Barrio and its importance to local Latino history. Herself half Latino and half Palestinian, Salinas brings a unique, youthful perspective to the program. Finally, Artistic Director Isaacs will create two new dances, selecting her casts from among the one-hundred or so dancers who will participate in a live audition on July 17, 2016.

It is expected that this year's tour, which will be facilitated by 75 trained tour guides, will take audiences from Barrio Logan to downtown San Diego and into East Village's burgeoning neighborhoods. Some statistics about Trolley Dances:
1. Beginning in 1999, this is now our 18th annual iteration of Trolley Dances.
2. 1,400 dancers have performed in Trolley Dances.
3. 43,000+ audience members
4. The project has been underwritten this year by the National Endowment for the Arts "Challenge America" program in the city and county of San Diego and by the California Arts Council.


Meet the Choreographers:
Bill Shannon, Monica Bill Barnes, Zaquia Mahler Salinas,
Jean Isaacs, and Jess Humphrey.

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