Youth members of Forever Dance Alaska take part in rehearsal Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Renee Hendersen Auditorium at Kenai Central High School for the company’s production of “Best of Broadway.” (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Youth members of Forever Dance Alaska take part in rehearsal Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Renee Hendersen Auditorium at Kenai Central High School for the company’s production of “Best of Broadway.” (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Youth dancers get back onstage

Forever Dance Alaska to perform “Moment Like This” showcase this weekend.

Forever Dance Alaska will be having three shows at Kenai Central High School this weekend.

Darcy Swanson, the owner and director of the dance studio, said she is grateful to get people back in the theater after all of last year’s performances were halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a big deal … our dancers are super excited,” Swanson said. “We’re just excited to be back on the stage again.”

Swanson said although the academy is welcoming people back in person, they are still required to follow COVID-19 mitigation protocols. Masks are required of spectators, as well as a health screening at the door. People are encouraged to social distance and remain in their pods during the performances.

Last year, Swanson said, the academy practiced their dances via Zoom, so this weekend’s in-person showcase, titled “Moments Like This,” is especially exciting. The last time the dancers performed was in December 2019.

Dancers will perform a blend of tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary numbers. They will take the stage at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 and will be available before the showcases at the door.

Reach reporter Camille Botello at camille.botello@peninsulaclarion.com.

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