Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre
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Programs

Description
Davis Dance Project began in 1997 as a showcase for the many dance companies in the city, educate the city about concepts in art, and as a way for dance organizations to connect with each other. Davis Dance Project has changed over the years with the needs of the community. One recent form of the program includes a lecture and demonstration component explaining concepts in visual arts, dance, and choreography to the audience before they see examples of the concepts applied in choreographed works. The most recent incarnation of the project, "Art in 4 Dimensions", brings together artists from a wider spectrum. Choreographers work side-by-side with visual artists (painters, photographers, etc.), musicians, poets, and screen writers to develop art in their chosen media around a common theme. Davis Dance Project has been supported by several City of Davis Arts Grants and mainly by donations from members of our community.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
Audience members consistently report having gained a deeper understanding of a variety of art forms though the Davis Dance Project shows and participating as contributing artists.
Description
Dance for Parkinson's began in 2010. PTDT sponsors free classes for people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers, in affiliation with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and in partnership with the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis. PTDT offers Dance for Parkinson's classes in both Davis and Sacramento currently once per week, but with increased support, we would like to expand the program to two classes per week at each location.
Budget
$12,000
Program Successes
Demand for Dance for Parkinson's classes has grown to the point that we could offer two classes per week - one for more active participants and one for people needed more gentle movements - with additional financial support. Participants have reported symptom relief in the form of increased coordination, mobility, and mental agility. Participants have also found a welcoming community of people with similar experiences in which they can share.
Description
Second Wind began in 1994. PTDT provides free classes for senior citizens 65 and older. The goal of the program is to provide movement and creative opportunities for senior citizens to provide exercise, increase mental agility, and offer a community. PTDT currently offers one class per week in our Second Wind program. With additional support we would like to offer two classes per week.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
The Second Wind program has participants who have been involved in this program from its beginning. Participants report improvement in mental clarity and maintaining or increasing flexibility. Demand for classes has grown to the point where we could easily offer additional classes with additional financial support.
Description
KORE (Kinesthetic Organic Rigorous Education) began in 2012. It is an academic enrichment program for reading and writing, created by teacher/dancers Cindy Robinson and Pamela Trokanski. It includes a teacher training program to train teachers to use the KORE techniques in their own classrooms.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
KORE has improved the reading and writing skills of dozens of children through visual arts and movement.
Description
PTDT trains community residents of all ages to participate in flash mob style dance performances at locations and events throughout the community and creates site-specific performances by the company for community events.
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
In the first year, 144 community residents of many different ages danced in 38 different dances in Yolo County.
Description
Since its first concert in spring 1985, the PTDT has presented both fall and spring concerts each year, premiering new works and maintaining repertory since 1985 under the direction of Pamela Trokanski. Today, all 4 companies - PTDT, The PTDT Apprentice Company, The Third Stage, and Light Ballet Company - participate in Dance in Concert.
Budget
$15,000
Program Successes
PTDT has a continuous history in Davis since 1985 producing dozens of new works. Reviewers of this body of work include Jim Carnes and Bob Dunning of regional news outlets. We have built a community of audience members who regularly attend concerts.