On the heels of a winter-solstice themed performance in December, Ketchikan Theatre Ballet's annual "Evening of Dance" event is set for the last weekend of this month.
"Evening of Dance" is an annual performance that serves to showcase dancers of all forms from KTB's senior companies.
This year, about 20 senior dancers — mostly middle and high school students — will take the stage during the performance.
"We have a lot of, kind of, triple threats," said KTB's Executive Director Elizabeth Schultz. "People that do ballet, tap, jazz. They do absolutely everything. So our top classes are filled mostly with the same dancers."
The Andiamo Dance Company — a nonprofit organization that focuses on community performances and training opportunities — also will perform original choreography during "Evening of Dance."
Schultz said that having the senior KTB dancers perform with the professional dancers in the Andiamo Company will be a good learning experience.
"We're excited to have our KTB dancers dancing alongside professional dancers. ... Kind of see what that work ethic is like, and all that performance quality can be," Schultz said.
Schultz described 2021's "Evening of Dance" choreography and music as "really fun" and "pretty high energy."
"It's going to be all contemporary, modern, jazz and tap," Schultz explained. "We had a beautiful performance in December with our guest instructor. ... We kind of just thought it would be fun to change things up a little bit and focus on the different area(s) of dance."
The dancers will be accompanied by a panel of local musicians, including Chazz Gist, Austin Hays, Jillian Pollock, Kyle G. Bailey and Joe Williams.
"We kind of figured people — and this might be totally selfish — I've just been craving live music and all that kind of concert experience, so I kind of selfishly thought, 'How can we make this part of our show?'" Schultz commented. "Live performances are something that are just so exciting to be a part of, and something we've really been missing, so we're so excited to have this be part of our show."
While it isn't unusual for live musicians to participate in a KTB performance, it brings a certain energy to the stage, according to Schultz.
"The energy and the excitement of having the musicians playing with you and alongside you is very cool," she commented. "So we're very excited for that."
With the Community Risk Level at Level 3 (High) on Friday, KTB announced that the show will be livestreamed, with no in-person audience.
The on-stage dancers will not be required to wear masks, but Schultz, as well as KTB's Jess Berto and Rachel Jacobucci, developed the choreography which allows for social distancing.
"The dancers all stay six feet apart, which is obviously kind of a challenge when you're creating choreography, but we've managed to make some cool choices as choreographers," Schultz said.
Tickets to the livestream performance will go on sale on Monday, and are available for purchase by contacting First City Players between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The performances will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.