Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre

Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre's mission is to redefine dance as an active art form & an integral part of the human experience. We provide programs that involve a diverse group of individuals of all ages, including highly trained athletic dancers, people ranging in age from 8 - 80+, people living with a range of physical challenges, artists from other disciplines, & the general public. PTDT promotes & supports dance & education through performance art, community outreach, & programs.

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Address: 2720 Del Rio Pl
Davis, CA 95618
County or Parish: Yolo County
Executive Director: Pamela Trokanski
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 530-756-3949
The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in Davis, California. Since its first concert in spring 1985, PTDT has presented both fall and spring concerts each year, premiering new works and maintaining repertory for over 30 years under the direction of Pamela Trokanski. PTDT is committed to community outreach. In addition to producing the annual Davis Dance Project which children 12 and younger attend for free, PTDT funds free classes for people 65 and older and, in partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, free classes for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers, Dance for Parkinsons.

PTDT is unique among dance companies. It has three divisions:
1. The Dance Theater began in 1985 and is composed of dancers with a significant amount of technical training in contemporary/modern, jazz, and ballet.
2. The Apprentice Company began in 2009 as a way to train dancers with a goal of working towards the higher demands of technique and performance required by the main company and to give younger, serious, dancers a pre-professional experience.
3. The Third Stage began in 1994 and is California's only multi-generational contemporary dance company with dancers often ranging in age from 8 to 80+.
The three companies include a diverse group of people in terms of ethnic background as well.
Current Annual Operational Costs:
Production costs (including theater/space rental, costumes/props, music, and fees/licensing): $12,425
Technical staff (including lighting/sound, house management, videography/photography, and honoraria for guest performers): $3,030
Outreach costs (including printing, advertising, and memberships): $985
Kinesthetic Organic Rigorous Education (KORE) costs (including teacher salaries, rent, and supplies): $3,850
Dance for Parkinson's costs (rent): $2,550
Liability Insurance for PTDT Board of Directors: $1,002

Vision for Growth (Annual Costs):
Administrative staff (one half-time person): $15,000
Choreographer salary: $40,000
Company dancers' honoraria (20 dancers @ $100/concert for 4 concerts): $8,000
Teacher enrichment (continuing education and training): $2,000
Costume replacement and expansion: $2,000

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Operational Costs, Production Costs, Program Costs
  2. Funding: Unrestricted - Operational Costs, Production Costs, Program Costs
  3. Volunteers - Ushers, Event Planning
  4. In-Kind Donations - Raffle Items
  5. Board Members - Seeking board members with a variety of experience, especially in publicity, marketing, fundraising, and law
For more than three decades, the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre has demonstrated a remarkable longevity in the Sacramento region, presenting premiere works in both fall and spring concerts, lecture demonstrations, and more. We believe in dance as both a creative endeavor for the technically trained as well as an artistic medium enhancing the quality of life for participants of all ages, performers, students, and audience members. From the stage to the street, from the classroom to the studio, with participants of all ages and from all walks of life, our work in the community demonstrates our commitment to our mission.

Unique among dance companies, we run two additional companies under our umbrella: the PTDT Apprentice Company (dancers ages 8 - 18), and The Third Stage (a multi-generational company with dancers ages 8 - 80+). The three companies working together allow for an exploration of themes from diverse perspectives, the opportunity for the non-traditional dancer/mover to explore performance as an active participant, and an opportunity for dancers/movers of different age groups to connect in ways that enhances community and understanding.

Unlike many dance companies whose work is primarily on the stage, PTDT is also active in the classroom, developing academic enrichment programs using dance across the curriculum and currently offers summer camps where children can explore creative writing, reading, and science paired with movement, and we train classroom teachers as well! And, since 1997, we have produced the Davis Dance Project, building artistic literacy in the art form, through lecture/demonstration/performance, audience participation opportunities, and free tickets for children 12 and younger.

In alignment with our core belief: dance is for everyone and movement is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle, since 1994 PTDT has provided approximately 10,000 free Second Wind classes for adults 65 and older. In 2010, the PTDT, in collaboration with the Mondavi Center and the Mark Morris Dance Group, began sponsoring free classes for people with Parkinson's Disease.

Our community outreach includes collaboration with visual artists, poets, and musicians. We have danced at hospitals, elementary schools, and senior residential living centers. In 2010, funded in part by the City of Davis' Arts Contracts Program, we ran the Takin' It to the Streets program which provided a year's worth of dance in public places with free classes for the community. When you support us, you support our work in the community!
- Pamela Trokanski, PTDT Director & Choreographer, PTDT Board of Directors President

-- Pamela Trokanski, Director & Board President