On August 6, 2016 in Greenville SC, the Crawford Jazz Project (CJP) took the stage for their premiere performance.
For Carrie Crawford, the dream of creating her own professional company had become a reality. The groundwork for Crawford Jazz Project was laid over a decade earlier. Carrie Crawford initiated a professional training program at the dance studio Dancers Corner in Greenville, SC. She intensely trained a group of dancers in preparation for the professional world of dance. Little did Crawford know she was preparing them for her future company. On opening night, Crawford remarked, “If this company opens one person’s eyes to the beauty of Jazz dance, I will consider It a success.” CJP’s mission is to inform audiences of what Jazz dance is and to offer an experience that is dynamic, provoking, and fulfilling. Through performances and workshops, CJP is able to leave individuals with a deeper understanding and appreciation for dance and music.
The CJP dancers greatly benefited from training under Crawford’s sophisticated and informed wing. Crawford now endeavors to foster an environment where dancers can continue expanding their knowledge of Jazz dance, while simultaneously sharing this information with diverse communities.
There is no denying the magic that is created when CJP is together. To witness the Crawford Jazz Project is to fall in love with Jazz dance