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Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre

News & Updates 

The Big Day of Giving was May 2, 2024... 24 hours to give where your heart lives!

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. And we want to Thank Everyone who helped us raise over $14,000 this year!

 

Your support on the Big Day of Giving helps us maintain and grow our programs which, in addition to premiering new works in concert for 39 years, include our Dance For Parkinson's program which provides free movement classes for people living with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers, our Second Wind Dance program which provide free classes for adults 65 and older, our week-long summer camp for school-age children 6 - 12 that uses movement and visual arts for academic enrichment in reading and writing, the Annual Davis Dance Project that produces collaborative community performances with free tickets for children 12 and younger, and our Dance in Public Places program with free classes for the community to learn dances and perform with the companies in public. Also, this year we began a scholarship program providing opportunities for community members for whom dance training may not fit the family budget.

To find out more about us on the Giving Edge: https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/organization/PTDT

In other news, the Dance Theatre performed Saturday, April 20 at the Sacramento Dance Sampler produced by Lorelei Bayne over at Sac State, and Sunday, April 28th, all three companies (PTDT, Light Ballet Company, and The Third Stage), will be performing with the Davis Chorale, led by Alison Skinner. That performance is at the Brunelle Hall at the DSHS Campus and starts at 3:00 pm. The companies will have one more performance following that, at the 39th Annual Student Concert for the Dance Workshop which is, of course, where we make our home.

All of which is to say that it has been a wonderful year...finally feeling like we are returning to a new wonderful normal with multiple performances and growing community outreach!

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Here's the following day when we were all at the Brunelle Hall getting ready for the Davis Chorale performance ...LBC dancers with Artistic Director Taylor Herrera are marking out spacing on the stage.

We had a lot of time between teching and blocking and the actual performance at Sac State, so we took some pictures around the campus.

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It's Donor Appreciation Time!

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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.)

Eva Hess

Melinda Waring

Linda Clevenger & Seth Brunner (for over three decades of support)

Jennifer Schultens

Mary Francesca Wright

Solveig & Horst Eltner

Jeanette & Martin Panchula

Valerie Whitworth

Medtronic: The Blackbaud Giving Fund

But wait! There's more...

This year's donor/volunteer award goes to

Allegra Silberstein

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.

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