Clayton began his training at the English National Ballet School. Upon graduation, he danced with the English National Ballet company, under the direction of Matz Skoog. He also danced and trained summers at Chautauqua Ballet under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Violette Verdy (of Paris Opera Ballet), and Patricia McBride (of New York City Ballet). Other summer intensives include San Francisco Ballet under the direction of Helgi Tomasson. Clayton spent almost six seasons with St. Louis Ballet under the direction of Gen Horiuchi (of New York City Ballet). Clayton previously taught at Vergine’s Dance Studio for two seasons and is very excited to be entering his 3rd season at Forever Dance Alaska.
Rebecca Bowser’s passion for dance began as a young girl growing up in Soldotna, AK. She began her dance training at Vergine’s Dance Studio as an Aurora Company Dancer. Becca graduated from a performing arts boarding school in New York state. While in NY she competed nationally with her show choir and participated in the National Honors Choir, recording with Tim Janis and singing at Carnegie Hall in 2010. She went on to attend Kent State University where she majored in Dance and Psychology. Becca has instructed ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, tumbling, hip hop and break-dance to children age 2 –1/2 to adult. She is devoted to staying current on industry trends and continuously trains and choreographs for competitions. In 2016 her choreography went to NUVO, Jump, Raddix, Tremaine, NYCDA and Jump Nationals in Las Vegas. Becca has had the opportunity to assist intensives and classes taught by Keith Clifton, BodyVox and other various choreographers. Becca has a love for teaching! She not only hopes to share the many benefits of dance with her students but wants to teach them to utilize dance as a tool for success which will enable them to walk into the rest of their life with their shoulders back, chin held high, and with a core of steel.
Meet the Forever Dance Alaska Staff
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 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 loves sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with the students at Forever Dance Alaska.
Clayton Cunningham - Ballet Instructor
Kacia Oliver - Jazz and Tap Instructor
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. Initially Miss Elizabeth taught jazz, tap and combination classes to studio and company dancers. Currently she works with the staff and students performing administrative duties such as billing, accounts receivable and registering new students. Elizabeth also helps produce the studio’s two large productions each year, as well as choreographing for the Aurora Dance Companies when they prepare to perform and compete for special events and travel. Elizabeth 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 industry.
Rebecca Bowser- Hip Hop Instructor
197 Shady Lane, Soldotna AK 99669
Darcy Swanson - Owner
Elizabeth Dimick - Administration & Production
Darcy is a life-long Alaskan and has lived on the Kenai Peninsula for 19 years. Born to a dance and gymnastics coach of over 30 years, Darcy’s love for dance was instilled 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 of 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 has lead dance fitness classes at The Fitness Place for 3 years and taught Zumba Fitness courses at Kenai Peninsula College as an adjunct instructor.
Darcy is married to her wonderful husband of 23 years, Aaron, and they have 7 amazing 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.