Spring Dance Showcase features area talent


April 25, 2018 - Dancers of all ages will take the stage on May 11 as CROW (Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops) presents a mixed genre Spring Dance Showcase at 7 p.m. at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. The event is open to the public, and CROW encourages local audiences to come and support the wonderful performers.

“This is an opportunity for the talented youth and adults in our dance community to show off their amazing skill, while inspiring and educating the general public and generations of future dancers,” said Melanie Heard, CROW’s artistic director and director of CROW’s Flight Dance Team. “Dance is my first love and will always hold a very special place in my heart.”

Heard’s artistic background stems from the genre of classical ballet, and she studied with the Joffrey Trainee Program, Kirov’s Universal Ballet School, Ballet West and Houston Ballet in her youth. She is committed to bringing that same level of dance professionalism to Florence, and is excited about the future of dance in the community.

She said she looks forward to debuting several new choreography pieces, including her two favorites.

The 2018 Spring Dance Showcase will feature new works by Flight, CROW’s new dance team, as well as class performances by CROW’s Youth Ballet and Hip Hop classes, taught and choreographed by Mackenzie Calvert and Cara Beere.

In addition, local dance celebrities such as Angela Palmer and Jennifer Marus are slated to dazzle audiences, and CROW is excited to welcome Kumu Iwalani and dancers for a taste of hula!

There will also be a piano solo by local high-schooler Ramiro Ramirez. To keep it fresh, there will be several mesmerizing solo dance performances by Ramirez and his sister Isabella, Elyse Stewart, Alex Fuller and Victoria Schlager. Last but not least, the “Tip Top Tappers,” Heard’s adult and teen tap dance class, will perform two exciting and entertaining tap numbers.

Adult tickets are $12 and student/senior tickets are $10. All proceeds from the show support the dance education program, including costumes and scholarships for youth to attend future dance classes and workshops.

For tickets to the Spring Dance Showcase, visit the FEC Box Office, or call (541) 997-1994. Tickets can be purchased online at eventcenter.org.

Additional information is available at www.crowkids.com.