For many dance students at Klamath Dance and Exercise in Klamath Falls, this Saturday marks their first return to the stage in over a year.
One of Klamath Falls’ three main dance schools, Klamath Dance & Exercise’s annual spring recital has moved from the Ross Ragland Theater to the large indoor rodeo arena at Klamath County Fairgrounds. The performance, titled “Silver Linings”, is a nod to overcoming the difficulties of the difficult circumstances of the past year, presenting positive and uplifting performances to inspiring music.
“We try to find happiness through it all, so we find songs that inspire happiness in the kids and our instructors and happy feelings,” said Becky Chase, owner of Klamath Dance & Exercise. “We are trying to find joy in our new mandates and our new way of life. “
Two performances will take place on Saturday, June 12 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., presented to both a socially distant in-person audience as well as a virtual online audience with both performances broadcast live. Then, the recitals can also be viewed on demand for a limited time.
Dancers range in age from two to adulthood, featuring beginner and advanced classes covering styles of ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical jazz, and pointe ballet. While the older dance students were able to perform outside the fairground last summer as a makeup event for their recital, for the younger students, Saturday marks a far too long time since they were on the scene.
“They are very excited,” Chase said of the dance students at Klamath Dance and Exercise. “I think the instructors are nervous because we know what to expect in a place like Ragland, but the setting of the fairground is very different and we try to put on the best show we can – it’s not that easy. in a rodeo arena. “
Dancers and members of the public are required to wear masks at all times during performances, and seats will be separated. Participants are encouraged to bring stadium seats or cushions, and at the fairgrounds, people can bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
The addition of live streaming provides the option for family members unable to travel or uncomfortable in a crowd to still be able to see the performances. The recitals will remain available on demand for two weeks.
“This is my first time trying a digital form of recital presentation, it will be good as I know a lot of grandparents cannot travel right now or feel uncomfortable traveling, so that may be the only way their grandchildren can see them, ”Chase added.
In-person tickets are sold in advance at Klamath Dance & Exercise (229 S. 6th St.) to reduce long lines at the door before the show. Live and on-demand broadcast tickets can be purchased in advance at klamathdance.eventive.org.
“We’re out there, always trying to keep things normal as best we can,” Chase said. “We’ve all had to make sacrifices and learn to compromise, sometimes it’s hard. I think we got closer to our students and our parents because we had a lot of open conversations about what is going on and how to solve the problems, I think yes it is hard and difficult but at the same time, it made us stronger. We’re not going anywhere, we just had to adapt.