Tao of Isms 2011 (Photo Credit: Michele Tobias & Veronica Andrade)
Tao of Isms 2011 (Photo Credit: Michele Tobias & Veronica Andrade)

About the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre:

The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in Davis, California. 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.

This 501c3, non-profit company, is committed to community outreach.  In addition to producing the annual Davis Dance Project, PTDT funds free classes for adults 65 and older and, in affiliation with the Mark Morris Dance Group, free classes for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, Dance for Parkinsons.

PTDT is unique among dance companies.  It has four divisions.  The Dance Theater began in 1985 and is comprised of dancers with a significant amount of technical training in contemporary/modern, jazz, and ballet.  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.  The Third Stage began in 1984 and is northern California’s only multigenerational dance company.  Dancers range in age from 8 to 80+.

Our newest addition is Light Ballet Company, begun in 2019. This branch of PTDT uses classical vocabulary to create contemporary works under the artistic directorship of Taylor Herrera and guest choreographers.

The four companies working together allow for an exploration of themes from diverse perspectives, the opportunity for the non-traditional dancer/mover to explore performance as an active participant, and an opportunity for dancers/movers of different age groups to connect in ways that enhances community and understanding.


About the Director:

Pamela Trokanski has directed and choreographed the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre’s companies since 1984.  She has a BA in dance and is committed to teaching dance across the curriculum.  Her choreography is often inspired by the world outside of dance, drawing from other disciplines like psychology, physics, literature, and biology.

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