Flight Dance Team

It's time to allow our young dancers to take flight....

Introducing the 2019-2020 Flight Dance Team
Photo By Tyler Sessa

“Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you’ll fly.”

About The Program:

Flight was created in 2017, as a way for young dancers of the OR coast to improve technique, expression, and precision in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  We are grateful to be in the 3rd year of this program. 


The Flight dance team members had to pass a rigorous audition, and received a personalized jacket upon acceptance into the team.  Flight's ultimate goals include local and regional performances, competitive dance, and providing the community with entertaining and thought provoking works of art, through the power of movement.  

Auditions are held annually, in late May or early June, and are open to any dancer (ages 11+).  The dancers must re-audition each year to keep their spot.  

Please scroll down to learn about this year's team members, and Flight Director, Melanie Heard. 

If you have questions, please email: crowtheatrekids@yahoo.com 

Photo By Tyler Sessa

Meet The Team


Roxi Clement Age: 12 Grade: 7th Hobbies:Playing Piano, Ukulele, Singing, Video Games, and Sleeping Why Do You Like To Dance? "I like to dance because it's a way I can express myself." What makes you unique? "I have purple hair and I like potatoes."


Alexandria Fuller Age: 14 Grade: 9th Hobbies: Dancing, Singing, and Acting Why Do You Like to Dance? "It lets me get out my emotions." What's your catchphrase? "Addaperle, the feel good girl."


Ashlyn Hart Age: 12 Grade: 7th Hobbies: Sewing, Make-up, Basketball What makes you unique? "My dedication for things I'm passionate about, and my maturity for my age." Catchphrase: "Be who you want to be, not who they want to see."


Reanna Houlihan Age: 13 Grade: 8th Hobbies: Arts and Crafts, Sleeping, and Swimming What makes you unique? "My expression in dancing."


Graci Immel Age: 15 Grade: 10th Hobbies: Dancing, Writing, Acting, Painting Why Do You Like to Dance? "It's an outlet for emotion. Like every time you dance, you're painting a picture, and you get to decide what it is."


Jonathan Olson Age: 15 Grade: 10th Hobbies: Drumming, Acting, Soccer, Writing, and Dancing Why Do You Like To Dance? "I can't really explain it. Suddenly I'm flying like a bird. Like electricity (from Billy Elliot)." Catchphrase: "The difference between a flower and a week is one person's judgement."


Kayla Rose Age: 13 Grade: 8th Hobbies: K-pop and Video Games Why Do You Like To Dance? "To express feelings I don't otherwise, because I'm awkward." Catchphrase: "I don't care what others think of me, as long as I'm happy."


Elyse Stewart Age: 13 Grade: 8th Hobbies: Horseback Riding, Singing, Dancing, Aerial Work Why Do You Like To Dance? "It gives me a way to feel safe." Catchphrase: "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on."


Willow Stone Age: 14 Grade: 9th Hobbies: Dancing, Psychology, Painting, Song Writing, Piano Playing Why Do You Like To Dance? "It helps me cope with my emotions in a healthy way." Catchphrase: "My track record for getting through the bad days is 100% so I think that's pretty good."

About The Director:

Melanie Heard, Director of Flight

Melanie's first love is and always has been....dance.  At age 2.5, she danced with an oversized Raggedy Andy doll, quickly learning that men usually don't do what you want them to!  She focused on classical ballet throughout her youth, going on to study with the prestigious Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program of New York, followed by a full scholarship to the Kirov's Universal Ballet Academy in Washington DC.  She also studied with Houston Ballet and Ballet West.  Eventually, Melanie branched out to other forms of dance through the wonderful world of musical theatre.  She learned jazz, tap, swing, salsa, ballroom, character, lyrical, modern, and many other genres.  She performed in over 60 mainstage musicals, playing every role from a tap-dancing chorus girl in the West Coast Premiere of Crazy For You, to Sally Bowles in Cabaret, to Evita Peron in Evita. She loves to choreograph all types of dance and won several awards for her work including an ACTF Meritorious Achievement Award for Outstanding Choreography.  Melanie is a credentialed teacher with a  MAed and Reading Specialist Certificate.  


Melanie strongly believes in the power of dance to shape the future for our young people, and to enhance their quality of life. She is tremendously grateful to her family for the dance background that they provided for her, and loves that she can now share that gift with generations of young dancers through C.R.O.W. Melanie hopes you'll celebrate and applaud the successes of the new Flight Dance Team.  She is immensely proud of each and every young dancer.