Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in Davis, California, with programs that reach throughout the Yolo-Sacramento area. 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 36 years under the direction of Pamela Trokanski. However, PTDT is much more than a traditional dance company... Our commitment to the belief that dance is not only an art form but also an important tool for wellness, academic success, and building thriving communities, is supported by the multiple community outreach projects that we produce. PTDT provides free classes for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers, through our Dance for Parkinson's program, free classes for people 65 and older through our Second Wind program, produces collaborative community performances every year with the annual Davis Dance Project, and runs a week-long summer camp for school age children that use movement and the visual arts as a tool for academic enrichment in reading and writing with Moving Words; The Duet of Writing & Dance.
PTDT is unique among dance companies. It has four 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 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+.
3. 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.
4. The Light Ballet Company began in 2019, and is comprised of dancers with a significant amount of training in ballet.


The mission of The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre is to redefine dance as an active art form and an integral part of the human experience for all ages and all degrees of technical training. We hold the belief that meaningful experiences in the arts help build healthy communities by contributing to culture, physical and mental well-being, academic success, and the ability to create and strengthen human connections.


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Organization name

Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Volunteers, Board Members, In-Kind Donations

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Seniors, Youth & Children


2720 Del Rio Pl.
Davis, CA 95618

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Davis, CA, US

Dixon, CA, US, 95620

Sacramento, CA, US

Winters, CA, US, 95694

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