33 Reasons to Give

Our 2017-2018 season marks 33 years of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre.  In that time, we’ve developed a number of community programs, including the long-running Davis Dance Project that brings together the dance and arts communities as well as health and community programs like Dance for Parkinson’s, Second Wind, and Dance in Public Places.  These programs are only possible because of the financial support of our community.  There are lots of reasons to give to PTDT on the Big Day of Giving – May 3rd, 2018 – but here are 33… one for each season!


We asked our dancers, why is PTDT important to you?

1. It’s a blessing to Dance – Allegra

2. For personal expression – Asher

3. Because of the friendships I’ve developed – Leela

4. PTDT connects me with the broader community – Michele

5. Dancing provides me with an opportunity for emotional catharsis – Nicole


We asked our Board of Directors why is PTDT beneficial to the community:

6. Everybody dances 

7. Dancing Changes Everything…Body, Brian, and Being 

8. Brings dance out of the theater and into the community 

9. Dance for nontraditional dancers

10. Intergenerational dancing

11. Free dance classes for individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregivers 

 12. The KORE Program: Summer programs for elementary school children for academic enrichment through movement

 13. Apprentice Company: pre-professional experience for younger, serious dancers

 14. Third Stage: Multigenerational company with dancers (over the years) ranging in age from 8 to 87+

 15. Builds artistic literacy in the art form through lecture demonstrations 

 16. Audience connects with stories shared by dancers both verbally and nonverbally

 17. Contemporary relevant thoughts interpreted through dance

18. Davis Dance Project – Opportunity for collaboration for multiple arts of multiple media within the community 

19. Over three decades of full seasons 

 20. Intimate space for contemporary dance in the community 

 21. Dancers who come from the Davis community

 22. Unique relationship between audience and performers 

23. Interacts with other community groups (such as International House, Rotary, Healthy Aging, Sacramento State, etc.)

24. Dancers have taken their experiences within the company out into the community to share


And finally, how our programs affect you:

25.  Dance for Parkinson’s provides relief from some of the symptoms associated with the disease

26. Second Wind builds strength and promotes balance

27. Our programs provide a meeting place and a sense of community to participants

28. Dance in public places is an activity that parents can participate in with their children

29. KORE summer programs give kids a new way to think about reading and writing through dance and keeps their minds working over the summer break

30. Audience members often report that they make a personal connection with the dancers’ stories told during Dance in Concert pieces

31. When you join in any of our programs, you feel connected to others

32. The opportunity to participate in dance as a non-traditional dancer is powerful – you don’t have to start young or have a certain body type to use movement to better your life

33.  PTDT makes dance available to everyone


Do you have other reasons to donate?  Please share them with us in the comments!  And don’t forget to donate on May 3rd for the Big Day of Giving!

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