Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre
News & Updates
We believe in dance and multiple art forms as tools for physical and mental well-being, academic enrichment, and to support a thriving and connected community. As part of our outreach program, this scholarship aims to bring dance to under-served members of the community by providing financial support towards classes at the Dance Workshop where scholarship recipients may potentially work with one of the four companies under the PTDT umbrella, train to teach dance, or both. More specifically, it seeks to support those who are considering dance as a professional career, including teaching and performance work, providing the training necessary for their future growth. For more information on the application process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's Donor Appreciation Time!
The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre would like to acknowledge Louise Kellogg, Distinguished Professor in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, UC Davis, and her husband Douglas Neuhauser, retired Information Systems Manager in the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, UC Berkeley, for their generous and continued support that has lasted decades. Louise sat on the PTDT board of directors for almost two decades, volunteering her time, energy and wisdom in support of our mission. Together they also generously supported the PTDT as donors.
We would like to especially thank Doug for his continued incredibly generous support, after Louise’s passing, naming the theater in honor of her memory. Together they have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the continued success of our work in the community.
We would also like to sincerely thank our other season supporters;
Thomas S Nesbitt, MD & Lisa DeAmicis (for over three decades of supporting our work!)
Susan Gelber (In memory of Eric Gelber...He was my music, I am his dance.)
Linda Clevenger & Seth Brunner (for over three decades of support)
Mary Francesca Wright
Solveig & Horst Eltner
Jeanette & Martin Panchula
But wait! There's more...
This year's donor/volunteer award goes to
The Dance Theatre would like to honor Allegra Silberstein for three decades of volunteering her time and energy to training, learning choreography, and performing with the company.
Approaching her 93rd birthday, she furthers our mission every time she performs with us, reminding the world that dancing is an activity that is meant for everyone both as an art form and as part of a healthy lifestyle, and that’s there’s power and beauty in a life well lived. We consider her an inspiration for how we should all age... thoughtfully and creatively engaged, with wisdom, grace, and joy.
As you may know, our programs include Dance for Parkinson's which provides free classes for people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers in both Davis and Sacramento, the Second Wind Dance class which provides free weekly classes for adults 65 and older, the week-long summer camp called Moving Words which focuses on academic enrichment for school-age children in reading and writing, and more.
The Second Wind classes are now held in person, although we are keeping the zoom option available for those who prefer it. Due to the demand for these classes, we've now added a second weekly class. Our Dance for Parkinson's program also moved to in-person in January, for both the Davis and Sacramento classes, while also keeping the zoom option available for those who need it.