Siuslaw News | Flight Dance Team is holding open auditions on May 4

April 30, 2022 — It’s time to let your dreams take flight, once again!

CROW (Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops) will be holding open auditions this week for the Flight 2022-23 dance crew. Flight has earned accolades from the community and has performed for numerous local businesses, organizations and events, as well as annually in CROW’s Holly Jolly Follies and Spring Dance Showcase.

“Being selected for the Flight Dance Team is a huge privilege,” said CROW Artistic Director and Flight Director Melanie Heard. “It’s a rebuilding year, and I’m thrilled to meet new talented dancers and welcome back my amazing former students.”

Heard plans to challenge dancers to explore new styles and improve dance technique, precision and emotional expression on stage.

Flight comes with original choreography by Heard, in a variety of genres including contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet and musical theatre. Heard’s extensive dance experience includes professional choreography awards, touring as an arbiter of national dance competitions, and studies with the Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program and a full scholarship with the Kirov Universal Ballet Academy. in her youth.

For Heard, Dance has always been “her first love”.

The 2022-23 Flight Dance Team audition will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at 5 p.m. at the CROW Center for the Performing Arts, 3120 Highway 101 in Florence.

Dancers must wear loose-fitting dance attire and ballet or jazz shoes for the audition. A dance combination will be taught.

Dancers must be at least 11 years old and have some previous dancing experience, but all are encouraged to come and give it a try.

Flight team requirements, including cost, attendance expectations, and more can be found at www.crowkids.com. Flight is an annual program with annual tuition of $400, which works out to less than $5 per hour of instruction.

Half and full scholarships are available for those in financial need.

Questions can be emailed to Melanie Heard at [email protected].

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