Made to Move

Dance for Parkinsons

Season’s Greetings from PTDT

The dancers of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre, the PTDT Apprentice Company, and the Third Stage wish you a warm and merry holiday season!

In this crazy year that was 2016, we’ve accomplished a lot!  In concert dance, we’ve premiered new works for our Fall and Spring concerts, presented the educational Davis Dance Project, and brought back the community favorite Nutcracker: A Contemporary Coming of Age for a second year.  We danced at many community events and taught reading and language skills to school-aged children through our KORE program.  And if that all wasn’t enough, we continue to offer our free wellness dance programs Second Wind for people 65+ and Dance for Parkinsons (in conjunction with the Mondavi Center and Mark Morris Dance Group).

All of this is possible because of the support provided by YOU, our community.  Whether you come to concerts, make a tax-deductible donation, use your Nugget Scrip Card, or shop with Amazon Smile, we appreciate each and every thing you do for us so we can continue to do this important community work.

We deal in experiences.


By Michele Tobias, Dancer & Board of Directors

Many non-profits can show you their product: art students produced 100 paintings;  a soup kitchen made 500 meals; 300 animals were rescued.  We can’t.  We deal in experiences.  Dance is by nature ephemeral.  You can’t capture it.  You experience it and it’s gone, whether you are the dancer or the viewer.

PTDT is unique among dance companies.  We bring the experience of dance to everyone.  Yes, EVERYONE.  Our Apprentice Company allows young dancers to experience what it’s like to dance in a professional company along side dancers who have trained for decades.  Third Stage incorporates “non-traditional” dancers into complicated choreography.  People with Parkinson’s Disease find strength, renewed coordination, and a community in our Dance for Parkinson’s classes which are produced in conjunction with UC Davis’ Mondavi Center for Performing arts and Mark Morris Dance Company.  People 65 and older dance (yes, dance) in Second Wind classes where movement helps keep both the body and mind healthy.  Dance in Public Places brings dance to the streets in spontaneous performances.  KORE uses movement to teach elementary school curriculum in reading and writing.  Audience members laugh, then cry, then get chills watching PTDT perform dance in concert.

These are experiences and they can’t be counted, tallied up, and put in a spread sheet.  In just about one month, we’ll be asking for your help in raising funds to continue this very important work of creating experiences.  On May 3rd, the Sacramento region will come together to experience the generosity of our region on the Big Day of Giving.  On that day, please make a donation online to support our work.  We set our goal high – $15,000 – because we know you’ll help us reach it and every penny will go back to creating experiences for everyone.  Yes, EVERYONE.

PTDT to Host a Dance for PD® Introductory Workshop


Dance for PD® Workshop (Photo credit: Emma Fishwick)

By Robin Carlson

On March 13 and 14, PTDT will host a Dance for PD® Introductory Workshop at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop for dancers, dance teachers, students, therapists, and allied health professionals.
Since 2007, more than 1100 people from 32 states and 15 countries have participated in Dance for PD® (Parkinson’s Disease) workshops and seminars, designed and produced by the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group.  These educational programs are designed to enrich, inform and inspire a diverse group of individuals who want to learn about the unique approach of this internationally acclaimed community arts & health program from its original creators.  To learn more about the complete four-step training program, including the pre-requisite online course, please visit the Dance for PD website.
About Dance for Parkinson’s in Davis & Sacramento:
The Dance for Parkinson’s program is affiliated with the Mark Morris Dance Group and offered through the auspices of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis in partnership with the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre.  Classes are offered in Davis and Sacramento.  For more information about how you can help support dance classes for people, please contact Ruth Rosenberg at the Mondavi Center, or (530) 752-6113.
PTDT’s Community Programs
Learn more about PTDT’s work in the Davis and Sacramento-area communities, including wellness and education programs on our Outreach page.