18th Annual ‘Trolley Dances' Set for Barrio Logan, Downtown Stations

The two-hour trolley tour stops at several stations where dancers perform special choreography inspired by that site

A toe-tapping program will swing into Barrio Logan and downtown San Diego over the next two weekends, showcasing choreographed dances at different trolley stops along the Blue Line.

The “Trolley Dances” – a project spearheaded by the San Diego Dance Theater and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – will kick off its 18th year Saturday with tours set to begin at 10 a.m. at the San Diego Continuing Education Cesar E. Chavez Campus located at 1902 National Ave.

The two-hour tours, led by trained guides, will stop at several trolley stations along the Blue Line. At each site, 50 dancers will perform a routine inspired by that space and community. The tour winds through the heart of downtown San Diego, ending at Fault Line Park in the East Village.

Organizers say the tours take off every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. through 1:45 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and will each include an audience of no more than 100. The Trolley Dances return at the same time and trolley line Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

The San Diego Dance Theater says the performances will feature choreography from Bill Shannon, Monica Bill Barnes, Zaquia Mahler Salinas, Jess Humphries and Jean Isaacs, founder of the event.

General admission tickets to the artsy trolley-based tour cost $40; senior and military tickets are $27.50 per person; student tickets are $15. Attendees can park for free at the San Diego Continuing Education campus garage; free parking is also available at the Mercado del Barrio at Newton Avenue and Cesar Chavez Parkway.

According to the San Diego Dance Theater, 1,400 dancers have performed in this event since it began in 1999. The Trolley Dances have been enjoyed by more than 43,000 audience members over the years.

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