About Namba


NAMBA is a multi-disciplinary arts lab and performance space located in Ventura’s historic downtown arts district. The space provides the community with an intimate experience where artists educate and entertain through artistic collaboration, unique programming, showcases, workshops, and classes. NAMBA is the home of Aloft Dancetheatre.

We are funded by public support and through the generous spirit and investment of Ben Namba and Julia Campbell. We are proud participants of the Downtown Ventura Art Walk, Ventura Music Festival, and First Fridays Ventura.



Pamela Pilkenton

Founding Director

Pamela Pilkenton began dancing at the age of 5 with teachers from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She graduated from the original High School of Performing Arts and trained in dance on scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School and Alvin Ailey Dance Center. Her passion for the art of movement led her to a professional career on Broadway and in resident classical and modern dance companies in New York. Pamela has been trained and certified in the Authentic Pilates Method through the Pilates Guild of New York and with Romana’s (Kryzanowska) Pilates LLC and is also certified in the Gyrotonic Expansion System. Pam is the founding director of the Aloft Dancetheatre and the NAMBA Performing Arts Space. Not only does Pamela’s training make her classes unique. It is her warm, energetic personality that sparks curiosity in others and encourages her students to discover their full potential by keeping her classes interesting and fun.

John Hammil

Facilities Manager

Gavin Ames

Technical Advisor