By her account, Davis’ Pamela Trokanski lives very well for an artistic person and dancer. A fulfilling life. An unexpected life. A lucky life.
She is best known for running the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop at 2720 Del Rio Place, celebrating its 29th year and collaborating with dance groups to put on production after production.
“I have for me the best life ever,” she said.
But why settle? She wants to push that life into overdrive and take the Davis community with her.
Trokanski is fixing to build an 18,000-square-foot, two-story building next to her current studio that will introduce what she calls “Life in 11 Dimensions,” which will bring together a spa, healthy meals, dancing, art, theatrical productions and a community meeting space.
Why? As she says, life is punctuated by moments of reassessment.
“At different times in our lives we stop and reflect on the journey we want to take and then reflect on where we want it to take us,” she said.
It could take the patron in many different directions: reiki massage, accupressure, art studios, yoga, tai chi, a video and sound recording studio, ballet and robotics education for girls through a local nonprofit.
Plus, Life in 11 Dimensions will offer a child-watch service that will liberate parents to experience the center knowing their child is having fun somewhere else in the building.
According to a professionally drawn site plan for the project, a full 3,438 square feet can be devoted to meeting places for community groups, business conferences and the community, with a dedicated nearby space for the healthy food vendor Stone Soup to provide on-site catering. Produce could come from an on-site organic garden. A theater will have 115 to 200 seats depending on the production.
“It’s kind of a gift to Davis,” Trokanski said. “Living a healthy, creative life in a healthy, creative community in a healthy, creative world.”
Collaboration is the name of the game. Acme Theatre Company, a longtime troupe for high school-aged actors, is just one of several groups looking to benefit from “11D,” as the project is being called.
“We’ve been thinking of a collaborative space, so when Pamela talked about 11D it seemed just like a dream,” said Emily Henderson, artistic director of Acme. Henderson first met Trokanski as her student at a dance class at Davis High School, an example of the roots Trokanski has in the community.
Henderson said the collaborators are excited about the opportunity to lift one another financially, artistically and by their various programs.
“Cross-fertilize is a world that keeps coming up,” Henderson said.
Trokanski has a base of undisclosed cash to launch the project, but she is also looking for angel investors for a dance theater portion of the project and she will do fundraising.
In truth, she hasn’t started her most earnest fundraising just yet.
“I have to practice the elevator speech,” she said, referring to an oft-used 30-second pitch in business circles.
In the meantime, she said she is going to be working with Da Vinci High School. Plus, there will be naming opportunities for sections for sections of the building.
Trokanski said she started groundwork for this project in 2012, but estimates the building will be constructed sometime in 2015.
“People say, ‘Aren’t you afraid?’ ” she said. “We’re gonna live, we’re gonna die, we should do our best to dream big in a big way.”
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