Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
The first Davis Dance Project was funded, in part, by an Arts Grant from the City of Davis in 1997. After that first year, the PTDT continued the project finding it an invaluable tool for connecting with community in multiple ways. Originally, it was conceived as a way to educate the community on all the diverse dance companies in the community while also offering opportunities for the local dance community to connect. After several years of this, and responding to people's questions about dance, Trokanski began creating a series of Lecture/Demonstrations that included work in performance and, for more than a decade the project has included free tickets for children 12 and younger, with reduced ticket prices for general admission.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
Audience members consistently report back that they greatly enjoyed the lecture demonstrations and learning about how and why choreographers make the choices that they do.
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.
Budget
$12,000
Program Successes
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.
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.
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 3 companies - PTDT, The PTDT Apprentice Company, and The Third Stage - 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.