Faculty Members

Pamela Trokanski received her BA in Dance from SUNY Empire State college. In addition to teaching and running the Dance Workshop since August of 1984, she has directed the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre (since 1985), The Third Stage (since 1994), and the PTDT Apprentice Company (since 2009).

She worked with the California Arts Project from 1993 - 2003 as a presenter in Dance across the Curriculum and holds a current California Teachers Credential and CLAD Credential, teaching dance at Davis Senior High School since January 1984, where she also directs the Momentum Dance Company.

She has also written as a dance critic for the Davis Enterprise.

Shontea Evans is a 23 year old dancer and choreographer who strives to fulfill the highest form of herself as an artist.

Shontea has studied all genres of dance for 6 years from the Sacramento, Bay, and Los Angeles area with a focus on modern Hip Hop. She trains in advanced/master choreography at Bliss Urban Arts Center, Playground L.A, Millenium Dance Complex, and Sac Dance Lab and has choreographed for competitions/music videos and performances. Shontea's goal is to become a professional L.A
choreographer for the upcoming industry artists.

Rebecca Hennagir has been studying various forms of dance since she was 11 years old. She has studied belly dance since 2005 and has been a belly dance instructor since 2009.  Prior to 2012, Rebecca performed under the direction of the belly dance pioneer Amy Sigil throughout the U.S. and abroad with Amy's internationally renowned Tribal Fusion troupes, UNMATA and Verbatim.  Since 2013, Rebecca has been a troupe member and contributing choreographer to the award-winning Fusion belly dance troupe, ShupaDa, founded by Ayre Briar. While she has studied various forms of traditional and folk Middle Eastern dance, most of Rebecca's training and experience with belly dance has been in Tribal Fusion and Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS). Rebecca holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Sacramento State University.

 

Taylor Herrera has studied classical ballet since 1996, with her primary training in RAD technique with Katie Heil. She also studied ballet at Applegate Dance Studio, Steps on Broadway, Sacramento Ballet, Deane Dance Center, and the Berkeley Ballet Theater. Taylor graduated with her B.A. in Spanish and Spanish-American studies in 2012 from Mills College, where she trained with Sonya Delwaidea-Nichols, department head of dance. In addition to her training in classical ballet, Taylor has taken classes in African, Zumba, modern, hip hop, and flamenco. Her performance experience includes six consecutive years in the Sacramento Ballet's annual Nutcracker, three years as a member of the Applegate Dance Co, and one year with Momentum Dance Co of Davis High School. She also participated in the Idyllwild Arts Academy summer program for dance in 2005.

 

Erika Ripley brings over 15 years of serious training in multiple technical styles including ballet, contemporary, tap and jazz. She graduated from Ball University with a Major in General Studies and a Minor in Dance. Her ballet training includes a strong background in Cecchetti. She recently became certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique.

Allegra Silberstein has been a student of yoga for more than 20 years and feels that it has helped her to maintain the flexibility needed to continue as a dancer in Pamela Trokanski’s Third Stage Company. Janet Papale has been her primary teacher. In 2003-2004 she took teacher training classes with her and Ann Rogers.  Workshop retreats with Gila Zion have alsobeen a great influence on her practice of yoga.

Bob Stephenson began studying Pilates in 1975. He studied anatomy, physiology, and related subjects while earning his BS and  DVM from UC Davis.Pilates incorporates exercises and principles from anatomy, physiology, ballet, kung fu, tai chi, yoga, weight lifting, and gymnastics. Bob has had training in weight lifting, yoga, and gymnastics exercises, and trained in ballet at various studios in Sacramento and Yolo County. He is a certified kung fu and tai chi instructor, and has taught Pilates, kung fu, tai chi, and self defense in California, Canada, Washington State, and Arizona.

Thomas Allen Spencer, professionally known as Tasé, a professional dancer, master teacher, choreographer, and movement specialist.


Mr. Spencer has danced professionally with the San Francisco Dance Theatre, Santa Barbara Ballet, Central Valley Dance Company, and California Ballet of Santa Barbara. Mr. Spencer has also worked with: Robert Joffrey of The Joffrey Ballet, Ronn Guidi of The Oakland Ballet, Robert Barnett of The Atlanta Ballet, Alonzo King of Lines Ballet of San Francisco, Bella Lewitsky of The Lewitsky Dance Company, Martha Hilil-Davis of the Juilliard School of Dance, and Patricia Stander of The Royal Ballet

Lena Webb-Magee is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She has performed professionally in ballet and modern dance companies, including the Ithaca Ballet, alban elved dance company, Danza Tersicore, and Fischerdance, among others. From 2006 to 2017 she coordinated and taught in the magnet dance program at Clay High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in South Bend, Indiana.

In addition to our dance faculty, we are pleased to announce  that Sterling Anderson continues teaching Acting & Monologue for Television, Film, and Commercials.

Sterling Anderson is a three time NAACP Image Award nominee for best screenwriter and winner of the Movieguide Faith & Freedom award for The Gabby Douglas Story. His television movie The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn received an three Emmy nominations and won an Image Award.

He has written for some of the most popular network television shows, such as The Unit, Medium and Heist. Sterling's extensive resume also includes screenplays written for Lions Gate, Disney, HBO, TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Before his illustrious screenwriting career, Sterling attended The American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, HB Studio in New York with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. And he trained with legendary Hollywood acting coaches, Ivana Chubbuck and Roy London. He has mentored many actors/actresses into remarkable success and stardom. He has studied and worked with acclaimed actors and actresses, like Brad Pitt, Hank Azaria, Dennis Haysbert, Scott Foley, Mary Louise Parker, Nina Dobrev, Benjamin Bratt, Patricia Arquette, and Imani Hakim.

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