Faculty Members

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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 from January 1984 - June 2022, where she also directed the Momentum Dance Company. In 2010, she trained with David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance Group and now teaches Dance for people with Parkinson's Disease.

When time has allowed, she has also written as a dance critic for the Davis Enterprise.

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Cece Cannata grew up dancing at Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop from kindergarten to when she graduated high school in 2017 and learned a variety of styles including ballet, modern, jazz, dance team and one year of tap! In college she studied at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and graduated in 2021 with a BS in Nutrition and a minor in dance. For one year at Cal Poly, she danced in the Orchesis Dance Company which produced an annual student showcase. During all four years of college, she was a part of the annual student run and choreographed “student dance concert.” For her dance minor capstone project, she returned to PTDW to teach ballet dancers about nutrition. At PTDW, Cece has been a part of the teaching staff for the summer dance camps and teaches regular ballet classes. She hopes to apply to medical school and become a physician who focuses on the power of nutrition and holistic healing.

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Ann Marie Dragich tap danced in New York from 2008-2020 after studying at the Eddie Brown Studio for the Arts (THE BEAT) with Gregg Geoffroy, Babs Yohai and Mark Mendonca in Berkeley, CA. She is a member of Cole Collective under the direction of Nicole Ohr, and is a founding member of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret.  She was a recipient of the Deans Summer Fellowship at UC Davis for research in tap dance and identity, and the recipient of the Pine Award for her work in dance theater at UC Davis. Ann holds a teaching certificate from the American Tap Dance Foundation, and an MFA in Dramatic Art.

As a performing artist, she has presented her own work in NYC at Dance Astoria, Stam-pede (Symphony Space), Director’s Choice Showcase, Local Produce and Winter Follies (produced by Spoke the Hub), Denise Caston’s “Choreographer’s Canvas”, Kat Wildish’s “Performing in New York” and Sol Dance Center’s “Dancesanity" (Frank Sinatra School of the Arts), and in San Francisco at Safehouse Arts. Ann has also presented work in the Emerging Choreographer’s Series curated by Mare Nostrom Elements, and was a Spring 2018 cycle AiRe Artist in Residence at Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana creating tap dance choreography.

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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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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.