Houston's FLY Dance Company emerged as a regional phenomenon in 1993 when choreographer Kathy Wood wrote a piece called "Out of Context" that combined hiphop dance with Vivaldi. Since then, the five-member, street-dance company, still led by Wood, has traveled all over the world mixing disparate genres, high-energy moves and a clever interplay of personalities.
"This ain't no ordinary lacy-fingered, twinkly-toed dance troupe," wrote the Houston Press. "These FLY guys are tough, with a streetwise, sideways charm; and they know how to move, too, from their knuckles all the way down to their toenails."
FLY will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The troupe will host a community dance class from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studio in the Scottish Rite Temple, 206 Fourth St. Cost is $10, class size is limited, and registration is required. FLY also will present a student concert from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. Admission is $1 at the door.
All five of the FLY dancers are age 21 to 25. The group includes George Casco, a four-year FLY veteran and a natural comedian; Isaac Barron, a four-year veteran and a master of break dacning; Rock Williams, a student of martial arts and "popping and locking;" and Javier Garcia, a power dancer and a fourth-year FLY member. For more information, check out www.flydance.com.
Wood is past president of the Houston Dance Coalition and served on the Texas Dance Exet Test Committee. She was elected to the Texas Dance Educators Hall of Fame and honored with an American Red Cross Everyday Hero Award for her work with at-risk young men.
Their musical selections include DJ Shadow, Edgar Meyer, Leonard Bernstein, Earth Wind & Fire, Hacienda, Propellerheads, Debussy, Kodo Drummers, Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole, Aphex Twin, Vivaldi and James Brown. They've played in Mexico, France and Estonia.
"FLY Dance Company - hot-tempered men from the USA - was definitely the most exotic guest of the festival," wrote Estonian magazine Virumaa Teataja.
Call the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at 586-ARTS for more information or to register.