CROW seeks dance teacher for expanded dance focus

CROW’s Graci Immel and Jonathan Olson partner in “Unsteady,” a contemporary dance choreographed by Melanie Heard.

Young dancers place in Spotlight Dance Cup

February 2019 — Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW), Florence’s nonprofit youth theater arts organization, is currently seeking a jazz and/or hip-hop dance teacher for classes to be held in summer 2019.

“We are regrettably losing our wonderful Miss Cara (Beere) in a few months,” said CROW Artistic Director Melanie Heard. “She is off to pursue her dreams and we sure are going to miss her.” 

CROW is seeking an upbeat, energetic dance teacher with people skills, dance training and the capability to teach jazz and/or hip-hop classes to kids ranging in age from 4 years to 18 and up. Interested dance teachers should contact Heard at 541-999-8641 or by email at [email protected]

CROW’s dance program has seen an energetic rise over the past two years, including the addition of a hard-working dance team called Flight. The organization went from offering “a class or two,” to classes on nearly every day of the week, including a wider variety of styles, and private and semi-private lessons for those students eager to perfect technique.

At the beginning of February, Heard escorted two of her brightest young dancers, Graci Immel and Jonathan Olson, to Portland to compete in the Spotlight Dance Cup — a regional competition for all ages and all dance genres. The duo danced to “Unsteady” — a contemporary piece, filled with partner work, lifts, and difficult jumps and turns.

The two are part of the Flight Dance Team and study dance multiple times a week at CROW.

“Jonathan and Graci placed in the ‘Ruby’ category for the 12-14 duo/trio age group,” Heard said. “They are extremely proud of themselves, and I am very, very proud of them as well. They both said they had a really great time and learned a lot. It was amazing to see them up there, dancing from their hearts and letting their lights shine brightly!”

The duo will perform again in May at CROW’s Spring Dance Showcase at the Florence Events Center. Additionally, Olson will portray Tinman in CROW’s upcoming production of “The Wiz” in April, also at the FEC.

Providing kids with a well-rounded arts education, rich in opportunity, and full of challenging projects is the heart of the CROW program, according to Heard.

“We believe that our local kids deserve the very best quality arts experiences. Just because we are a small, rural, coastal town does not mean that our kids should receive less.,” she said. “On the contrary, we give them outstanding opportunities, just like the big city kids, and then watch them soar to new heights.”

For more information on the CROW program, visit

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