Our Mission Statement

We the dancers, faculty and staff of Forever Dance Alaska are a vibrant community of people who have a high regard for each other, the art of dance, and the respectability and value of the work we do. All who participate are requested to demonstrate the willingness to be held accountable to uphold the values and ethics we declare as the fundamental guidelines stated below.

In all of our endeavors to study and perform as an expression of our love of dance, we show respect to the parents, our peers, the staff and faculty of Forever Dance Alaska and all of the wider dance community, including our competition. We consider it a privilege to participate in a worldwide community for the performing art of dance exemplifying the values of integrity, character, leadership, responsibility and professionalism.

Code of Ethics

Integrity

To conduct oneself with honesty, courtesy, and respect.   To express consideration for one’s fellow dancers, educators, parents, staff and competitors. To be a person who leads by example and honors commitments.  To be a person other people can count on.


Leadership

To guide, direct and influence people in achieving their highest goals and ideals. By setting an example through one’s actions and speech. To inspire and serve the people of your class, team, or community through full participation in all dance related activities.

Responsibility

To respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of the studio or the organizers of any conference, workshop, or competition. To be a person who interacts with peers and authority figures in a mature manner. To question authority in a respectful manner. To speak of any issue or grievance to the person who is able to resolve any concern. To be willing to receive coaching and direction when deemed appropriate.


Character

To be a person who represents high levels of personal integrity, leadership, and responsibility for oneself and others. A person who has the courage and willingness to face issues and concerns with maturity and dignity. To avoid gossip, criticism, or denigrating comments for any member of the dance community, parent, or peers.

 

Professionalism

To respect the dance profession and uphold our values and standards of conduct. To support and encourage one another. To voice opinions and initiate change that will elevate the dance community. To recognize oneself as a role model at all times. To love the study and performance of dance as a universal art form..

 
 

Staff

Darcy Swanson
Owner | Acro Dance Teacher

Darcy is a life-long Alaskan and has lived on the Kenai Peninsula for over 20 years. Born to a dance coach of over 30 years, Darcy’s love for dance was instilled in her from the beginning as she literally grew up on the dance floor. Many of Darcy’s core values were instilled from watching and later becoming one of the hundreds of dancers her mother coached on the internationally and nationally ranked dance team, The Chugiak Chaparrals.

Dance instilled the value of hard work, dedication, sacrifice, discipline, and teamwork and Darcy aims to develop those same values in the dancers that come to Forever Dance Alaska. Darcy has a love for teaching. She received Bachelor Degrees in both Secondary Education and English in 2000 from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Darcy also has a passion for health and fitness. She lead dance fitness classes at The Fitness Place for 3 years and taught Zumba Fitness courses at KPC as an adjunct instructor.

Darcy is married to her wonderful husband, Aaron, and they have 7 great children. Dance is a huge part of the Swanson household with 5 children currently dancing at the studio. Darcy is so grateful to be a member of our incredible community and is honored to continue the legacy of excellence in dance for the next generation.

Elizabeth Dimick

Administration

Elizabeth grew up in the Oregon coastal community of Florence. She began her dance training at the age of nine and has pursued a career in dance performance, pedagogy and production. She also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Retail Management from Bassist College in Portland, OR. Elizabeth has worked at the studio since relocating from the Copper River Valley to Soldotna in 1997, where she owned her own dance studio in Glennallen for 10 years. For her first eight years Miss Elizabeth taught jazz, tap and combination classes to studio and company dancers as well as choreographing for the Aurora Dance Companies when they prepare to perform and compete for special events and travel.

Currently she works with the staff and students performing administrative duties and managing the day to day operations of the studio. Elizabeth also helps produce the studio’s large productions every year. She is especially thankful that both her daughters, Kacia and Kylie, have had the privilege to train with the Aurora Companies and have followed their passion for the love of dance and are pursuing careers in the dance.

Kacia Oliver

Tap | Jazz Teacher

Kacia Oliver grew up in Soldotna, Alaska and began her dance training at Vergine’s Dance Studio. While dancing in the Aurora Company, she had the opportunity to work under choreographers such as Bené Arnold from Ballet West, and Bill Brawley of the Young Americans as well as take master classes from well known performers such as Sascha Radetsky, and Paula Abdul.

After graduating from Soldotna High School, Kacia continued her dance training at The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University under the acclaimed Artistic Director Jo Rowan.

While dancing for the American Spirit Dance Company at OCU, Kacia worked with choreographers such as Robby Mackey (Choreographer for Walt Disney Entertainment) and Michael Clowers (Director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular) and performed in the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular with Kelli O’Hara, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, All American Rejects, and more.

Kacia graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from OCU and returned to teach at Vergine’s Dance Studio. Most recently Kacia danced professionally at Universal Studios Florida, as well as Busch Gardens Tampa. Kacia enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for dance once with the students at Forever Dance Alaska.

Chloee Swanson
Ballet | Contemporary Teacher

Chloee Swanson was born and raised in Soldotna, Alaska and started dancing competitively at the age of 7. Chloee has studied multiple styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, acro dance, hip hop and contemporary. Chloee has a passion for teaching that started with her mentoring as an assistant teacher at the age of 14. Chloee has had the opportunity to develop and teach summer dance camps as well as an adaptive ballet private class. Chloee loves to create and made her choreographic debut in 2020 with an acro dance piece, “Clowns”. Chloee has had the privilege of studying under many excellent teachers both at her home studio as well as many national dance conventions. She successfully completed a year long “trainee” program through CLI studios in 2020. Chloee is currently pursuing a BA in dance at Brigham Young University.

Victoria Ray
Piano/Voice Teacher

Victoria Ray grew up in Alaska and began playing piano at the age of three. She pursued piano lessons and always had a pull towards singing and performance. She was deeply involved in her church worship team growing up which was instrumental in Victoria deciding to attend Bushnell University in Eugene, Oregon in pursuit of a degree in Music. 

Victoria obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Music with a concentration of Christian Worship and a focus in Theology. During her academic career, she studied performance under Dr. Karen De Young, and vocal performance under Dr. Jennifer Quinnelly. Throughout her time at Bushnell University, she was involved in the University Choir and Orchestra, Performance teams, and several other musical groups.  

While attending Bushnell, she met her husband and moved back home to Alaska after earning her degree to start their family. She is currently a Worship Director at Birch Ridge Community Church, and excited about expanding her career into teaching and show.  

This will be Victoria’s first year as a Piano and Vocal instructor at Forever Dance Alaska. She will be carrying on the previously used curriculum from the “Simply Music Program”. She looks forward to meeting and engaging each student in a multi-faceted learning environment and spreading her passion for music and performance.   

Lyra Sexton

Hip-hop Teacher

Lyra Sexton was born and raised in Soldotna, Alaska and graduated from Soldotna Highschool. Lyra began her dance training at the age of three and became a competitive dancer at the age of six training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, acro and hip hop. Dance has provided Lyra with many opportunities to travel to Los Angeles, and Orlando where she has taken classes from well-known choreographers such as Blake McGrath, Randi Kemper, Phil Wright, and Akira Uchida. Lyra started training as an assistant teacher at Forever Dance Alaska at 13 and fell in love with teaching. Lyra has been able to teach dance at a children’s boarding school in Chang Mai, Thailand and has taught as a substitute teacher for many seasons at Forever Dance Alaska. Lyra is excited to share her passion for dance as a full-time hip-hop teacher at her home studio.

Grace Larson

Ballet and Combo Teacher

Grace Larson began dancing at the age of three at Vergine’s Dance Studio, where her passion for dance began. She progressed as a dancer in studio classes, eventually earning a spot on the pre-professional company.

Grace studied under Miss Kacia Oliver for 4 years as a student teacher. During her time as a company member, Grace had the opportunity to take part in many workshops, master classes and competitions such as Dance Excellence and Nuvo. While attending Dance Excellence, she was offered a spot at the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts. She performed her first professional role as Dew Drop in “The Nutcracker” in Cleveland, Ohio after graduating from Soldotna High School.

Grace’s debut year as a teacher for Forever Dance Alaska was in 2018. Grace completed her “Developing Dance Teacher” program through International Dance Teaching Standards (IDTS) and now teaches ballet and combo classes.

Grace’s goal in teaching is to inspire young dancers in their love of dance and to dream outside their small-town walls.

Brianna Shackleton

Jazz , Acro & Pre-School Dance Teacher

Born and raised in Soldotna, Miss Bri started dancing at Vergine’s Dance Studio at the age of three. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop working her way through studio classes and into the Aurora Companies. She continued her training with Forever Dance Alaska as a Senior Company member through high school.

After graduating from Soldotna High School, she joined the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in Southern California to continue her training as a dancer, performer, and teacher. With the completion of her Associates of the Arts in Dance Performance, she went on to tour with the Young Americans in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, and most recently, the West Coast of the United States.

Coming off of tour, she is excited to be joining the Forever Dance Alaska family as a jazz and acro dance teacher.

Bristol Daley

Pre-school Teacher

Bristol was born and raised in Soldotna, Alaska. Bristol has a love for the arts and started taking art classes in high school. After graduating from Soldotna High School, Bristol attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She continued her education in art throughout college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in April of 2020.

Bristol and her husband, Tony moved back home to Soldotna where Bristol worked as a PreK/Kindergarten teacher at The Study. Bristol took some time to start their family and welcomed their daughter, Kaia in January of 2022. Bristol loves the Alaskan outdoors and enjoys hiking, creating and selling her artwork, reading and yoga. Bristol is excited to bring her love for children and the arts to Forever Fine Arts Preschool and can’t wait to see the children of the peninsula thrive and grow.