Hometown dancers: CHS alumni can dance without leaving town

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Hannah Teal Kania and Aaron Stowell get in some rehearsing time at the Crestview Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Through regionally, state and nationally recognized performing arts programs, Crestview High School’s curriculum serves young vocalists, musicians and actors.

But to practice these often newly discovered gifts, local performing arts students usually must search beyond Northwest Florida.

Not so for Hannah Teal Kania and Aaron Stowell, who can stay here in their hometown to professionally indulge their passion for dance.

“I never thought I’d get paid to follow my passion,” Hannah said. “So many people work hard to earn money to do their hobbies, but they don’t have time to do it. I get paid to do mine!”

Through happenstance, Aaron, a 2008 Bulldog alumnus, and Hannah, a 2010 grad, landed jobs as dance instructors at the Crestview Fred Astaire Dance Studio.

“Neither of us, before this, had any ballroom dance experience,” Aaron said. “For me, every job I ever had since graduation was in Destin. I moved back to Crestview and was walking down Main Street looking for a job and I saw a ‘now hiring’ sign in the window.”

Aaron said while he was completing his application, a senior instructor looked over his shoulder and said, “Can you start tomorrow?” Aaron began the intensive training program the next day.

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