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Houston’s FLY Dance Company turns hip-hop upside down

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Special to the DailyMembers of the FLY Dance Company were discovered while performing in their high school cafeteria.
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VAIL – The streets of Houston will meet the stage of the Ford Amphitheater Sunday, Aug. 7, when the Vail International Dance Festival presents a free family matinee performance by the FLY Dance Company at 3 p.m.Following a 25-year career of teaching dance in public schools, FLY creator Kathy Wood began working with street dancers. She liked the dancers’ raw, original movement, some of which bordered on the impossible.

Mirroring her new found genre, Wood would also incorporate the unexpected, choosing a variety of music, using ensemble dancing to contrast the dancers’ solos and adding choreography, clever staging, costuming and comedy.”Kathy Wood first saw the members of FLY Dance Company performing in their high school cafeteria,” said Vail International Dance Festival Producing Artistic Director Katherine Kersten. “The four boys had decided that break dancing was the vehicle that they would use to create their own niche among their classmates and the rest of the school, but it has obviously blossomed into so much more. They now relish the opportunity to shatter conventional hip-hop stereotypes by incorporating innovative choreography, set to both classical music and hip-hop tempos, into their repertoire.”

“We want people to experience the good parts of hip-hop,” said FLY Dance Company member Rock Williams. “We want people to see that even though it’s street culture, it’s a culture for everyone.”In addition to the free family matinee at the Ford Amphitheater, FLY Dance Company will also be featured in a pair of free Village Vignettes. Friday will find them at the Children’s Fountain in Vail Village at noon, while Saturday FLY will be at the Black Family Ice Rink in Beaver Creek, also at noon.



For Sunday’s free family matinee, the gates of the Ford Amphitheater will open at 2:30 p.m. in anticipation of the 3 p.m. show.The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is scheduled from through Aug. 7, with performances at both the Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek.

Tickets for all other performances of the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival are currently on sale and are priced from $17 to $85. A variety of packages are also available, including Dine and Dance ($60) and Performance Plus ($55). Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.vvf.org or by calling 845-TIXS (8497).The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is presented by the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on either the Foundation or the International Dance Festival, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.


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