If you're looking for something fun to do, head Downtown. The weather will be nice and there's plenty of cool stuff happening! This weekend, Jean Isaacs' Trolley Dances will kick off its second weekend. Last weekend, huge crowds came out to support the popular event and this weekend, it'll be no different.
Every year, Isaacs and the Metropolitan Transit System choose a different stretch of the trolley line. Isaacs and guest choreographers create six brief dances to take place at OR near stops along that line. Isaacs always does a wonderful job, selecting stops that are unique and off-the-beaten path. "I've never seen anything like this," Jane Mulling said. The San Diego native says she's lived here all her life but never had the chance to experience Trolley Dances until this year. "I'm so glad we came. I've never been to any of these neighborhoods and the style of dancing is so different," Mulling added.
Our tip? Give yourself plenty of time to arrive and find parking. When you buy your tickets, you'll receive a badge that gives you a day pass on the trolley. A tour guide leads your group to each performance site, taking you on and off the trolley for the trips in between. When your group arrives at a performance site, the dance begins. The performances make good use of the existing environment. Sometimes, the dancers will perform near unique public artworks or unusual buildings. One time, the performers danced in a swimming pool. (and they were fully clothed - it was awesome!) The entire tour, including travel time, seeing the performances and returning to Downtown takes about two to two-and-a-half hours.
This year's stops include the new San Diego Central Library and the newly opened Monarch School for students impacted by homelessness. Both stops are incredible and do a great job at showcasing the two new additions. Although all the performances are spectacular, the Monarch School site is especially noteworthy. The dancers are beautiful and the acoustics are out of this world. This particular stop featured more than a dozen singers and the sound is phenomenal.
The adventure starts at the Northgate Market Plaza on 1950 Main Street, San Diego, Ca. 92113. For more information, visit www.sandiegodancetheater.org
You won't be disappointed!
Darlynne Reyes Menkin is a travel and lifestyle journalist living in San Diego. When she's not digging for stories, she can be found leading tours and team building Scavenger Hunts. Darlynne and her husband Marc run an adventure travel company called Where You Want To Be Tours which explores hidden areas in sunny San Diego.