Pamela Trokanski received her BA in Dance from Empire State College, New York, and
holds a California Teaching Credential for grades K-12 in Physical Education. While
her earlier training included Jazz, Ballet, (Russian and Contemporary) African (primarily
Congolese) as well as Improvisation and Contact Improvisation, her primary technical
focus was on Modern dance.
She is the Director/Choreographer of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre, a 501c3,
non-profit organization, and The Third Stage, a multi-generational, contemporary dance
company, both of which are based at the Dance Workshop. In her 26 years in Davis, she
has received multiple Arts Contracts from the Davis Civic Arts Commission, as well as
grants from US Bank and Davis Waste Removal, for her outreach programs for
elementary school children.
She has taught dance at Davis Senior High School since 1985, where she not only
developed the current course curriculum for both Introduction To Dance and
Intermediate/Advanced Dance, a performance arts class, but also directs the student
company, Momentum, when the budget allows that class to be taught. She was voted
“Most Unforgettable DHS Female Teacher” for the academic year 2009 – 2010 by the
DHS Student Body.
From 1993 to 2003, Pamela worked with the California Arts Project, teaching teachers
how to use arts across the curriculum. Her work with TCAP included both Open
Institutes and Invitationals at UC Davis, CSU Chico, and S. Lake Tahoe and the writing
of a teachers’ guide for UC Davis Presents’ school matinee series, integrating the
concert experience with the California Content Standards for the Visual and Performing
She has also written as a Dance Critic for the Davis Enterprise.