Strong community support and critical acclaim met The Third Stage’s debut in spring 1994. As Northern California’s only multi-generational contemporary concert company, with dancers ranging in age from 10 – 92, its work was a testament to the intrinsic belief that dance is not the sole property of a technically trained elite but a form of expression, communication, and creativity that belongs to all people.
The Third Stage was born out of Artistic Director Pamela Trokanski’s desire to explore the aging process and its effect on movement. Inviting different generations to work together resulted in the formation of a group of capable dancers with the ability to explore themes that might require adults or children with a wider variation in age than is found in most companies.
What the critics have said:
“Lovely and haunting visions…”–Davis Enterprise
“(The Third Stage’s) dancers…move appealingly well to music, and as dancers they have something to tell us about life with their personal force.” –Sacramento Bee
What does it mean to be a Third Stage dancer? It means that you are someone between the ages of 8 and 80+ who wants to explore the power of movement and connection with others, to create works of dance that tell stories, give pause for thought, make laughter, make tears, and make change in the world. It’s a great choice for younger dancers who would like to move up to Apprentice Company in a year or two, as well as for more mature dancers whose bodies request a certain amount of modified technical training.
What kind of commitment is necessary? No prior dance training is necessary, only a willingness to make a commitment to the work. Company class takes place on Thursday early evenings and some Saturday afternoons, and some Sundays are required as we get closer to concert. Auditions for the Third Stage typically take place in late August or early September for the up-coming season.