Soldotna woman hopes to add to local dance community

One area woman is hoping to bring together the Kenai Peninsula’s community of dance lovers into one easy-to-reach place and create more casual, social dance opportunities in the process.

Soldotna resident Sally Macy is the organizer of the Kenai Peninsula Social Dancers, a group she said will be dedicated to creating more chances to dance on the peninsula and sharing information about existing opportunities. She said all ages and ability levels will be welcome and dance styles will likely include everything from salsa to ballroom.

Macy said she drew inspiration for the group from the way social dancing worked where she lived in the Seattle area for the last 20 years. There, she said, evening dances for adults were regularly hosted by different groups of people and widely publicized.

“In Seattle there’s a lot of meet-ups,” Macy said. “The ‘meet-up’ isn’t big here.”

Macy attended a dance class in Soldotna offered through the Community Schools program, and said she met several people who didn’t know of any place to go for dancing, but wanted to learn anyway. She then created the Kenai Peninsula Social Dancers Facebook page, which she wants to use to identify and cultivate a group of dancers or people interested in dancing on the peninsula. Having them gathered in one place will make coordinating community dance opportunities easier, she said.

Macy’s hope for the group is that, as it grows, members will team up to provide spaces and opportunities for social dances and publicize them to each other. She also plans to post upcoming courses taught by local instructors.

“And I see that people will start opening up some venues that they don’t realize are valuable,” Macy said of the group’s future.

Macy said she hopes the group will also help people get out of the house and stay active during the dark winter months.

“It’s just a way of socializing and exercising at the same time,” she said.

Other opportunities for those looking to get moving include the Peninsula Artists in Motion, a nonprofit dance company for women based in Kenai, as well as the Kenai Performers, a theater group which performs a musical each year in addition to smaller productions throughout the year. Dance classes and Zumba are also offered through the Community Schools program in Soldotna.

Contact Macy at 425-223-1575 for more information on the Kenai Peninsula Social Dancers.

Reach Megan Pacer at megan.pacer@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

A map shows the location of a safety corridor project along the Sterling Highway between Sterling and Soldotna. (Photo courtesy of DOT&PF)
Sterling highway project to have limited environmental impact, assessment finds

The stretch highway to be improved reaches from Fred Meyer in Soldotna to the bridge over Moose River in Sterling

Donated blood is prepared for storage and eventual transport at the Blood Bank of Alaska’s Juneau location. There is a statewide shortage of donated blood. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
‘National blood crisis’ presents challenges in Alaska

Donation centers contend with COVID, weather and other disruptions as they work to stock hospitals.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters alongside, from left, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., during a press conference regarding the Democratic party’s shift to focus on voting rights at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)
Big voting bill faces defeat as 2 Dems won’t stop filibuster

This is the fifth time the Senate will try to pass voting legislation this Congress

Members of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce listen to a briefing by Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan during a joint luncheon at the Soldotna Sports Complex on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Sullivan reports in from D.C.

The senator touched on infrastructure, voting rights, defense spending and the pandemic

The Alaska State Capitol building seen on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 in Juneau, Alaska. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
State lawmakers face proposed salary hike, allowance limits

A commission voted 3-1 to raise the base salary from $50,400 a year to $64,000

Peter Segall / Juneau Empire
House Speaker Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, gave a stern warning about decorum to members of the Alaska House of Representatives on the first day of the legislative session on Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022. Last year the Legislature was so divided it took a full regular session and four special sessions before work was completed.
1st day of session brings familiar tensions to Legislature

The session opened with calls for bipartisanship, but tensions were evident

Image via Alaska Board of Fisheries
Statewide shellfish meeting rescheduled

This comes after the board bumped back its Southeast and Yakutat shellfish meeting

A State of Alaska epidemiology bulletin can be found at https://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/pages/default.aspx.
State updates STI protocol after reported drop

The state has been experiencing an outbreak since 2017

The Kenai Fire Department headquarters are photographed on Feb. 13, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Police identify remains found in burned car

Kenai Police and Fire departments responded to a car fire at Beaver Creek in Kenai on Jan. 7

Most Read