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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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Stephenie Rodwell has always been enthralled with the performing arts, whether it be dance, theater, or film. She has studied in New York and LA and takes her craft seriously. Her goal is to create a safe, creative learning environment for dancers while focusing on technique, form, and dancing from the soul. 


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.


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

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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.

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Analisa Bevan is a Certified Zentangle Teacher who’s been tangling for nearly ten years. She’s excited to share her passion for this mindful non- representational art form that can be done anywhere with almost any writing instrument and surface. She’s found deep joy in making Zentangle art ranging from standard 3 ½ inch square tiles to embellished shoes and
one of a kind holiday cards to the most intriguing meeting notes margins. In her other job as a regulator at the California Air Resources Board she’s found that using Zentangle doodling has helped her focus and contribute critically to her work.