CROW dancers about to take ‘Flight’

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FLORENCE — Starting in May 2017, local youth nonprofit performing arts group CROW will assemble a brand new “Flight” Dance Team. There will be only 14 to 16 spaces available, and dancers (ages 10+) will be required to audition to be a part of this professional dance group, taught by Melanie Heard.

Auditions will be held each year in May, and dancers will have to re-audition each year.

According to CROW Flight Director, Melanie Heard, “Being selected for Flight is a privilege, and high behavior standards and professionalism will be expected from all dancers at all times. This is going to be a tough but very worthy endeavor for our Flight kids. We are very excited about the possibilities!”

CROW Flight Dance Team goals include:

Teaching fun, innovative, and creative choreography to local kids, and looking for opportunities to perform them, such as at community events, in local performances and in the Holly Jolly Follies each year.

Eventually taking the group to dance competitions (within driving distance) to compete in various categories. This will happen when CROW feels that the dancers have developed enough to be competitive in a particular category.

Expanding CROW kids’ repertoire to include all forms of dance, including ballet/lyrical, jazz, tap, musical theater and more. This will benefit the program in many ways, including increased capability for harder and more varied choreography in mainstage musicals.

Building stronger dance technique. Although many of local dancers are good performers, they can use significant improvement in their basic dance technique (in all styles). This group will provide an opportunity for much more one-on-one interaction with Melanie, and allow her to really focus on the needs of each member.

Creating a sense of belonging to a team — it will be an honor to be selected to be on the Dance Team. Not all who audition will be invited to participate, so being chosen is a reward in itself.

The 2017 Flight audition will take place on Saturday, May 20, at noon at the CROW Center for the Performing Arts, 3120 Highway 101 in Florence.

Interested students should wear dance attire and bring ballet or jazz shoes for the audition.

A dance combination will be taught.

Rehearsals generally will be held Tuesday nights from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, including costs, participation requirements and scholarship opportunities, visit  and click on the “Dance Team” tab.