Kathy Musick Wood FLY Artistic Director/Choreographer
Kathy has spent all of her professional life in the arts—first as a dance and art teacher in public schools then as a professional director/choreographer for her own dance companies. As a dance teacher, innovative music selection, choreography, props, staging, and costuming brought her recognition as a leader in her field. She was a founding member and president of the Texas Dance Educators Association. Her dance groups won state championships and performed her choreography in educational forums and public events in Scotland, Greece, England, and Spain. Retiring from this first career, she began her work with young street dancers, teaching, mentoring, and forming them into dance groups, one of which became the original FLY Dance Company. She created the first Houston-area educational school shows featuring street dancers that covered street dance history, drug usage prevention, anatomy, African-American composers, and classical music. All shows were designed to deliver educational content along with positive social messages effectively delivered by “very cool” hip hop dancers. These shows have been performed over 600 times in the Houston area alone and hundreds of more times in cities around the country impacting an estimated 200,000 school aged children. In her temporary six-year retirement from FLY Dance Company, she created the FLY KiDS hip hip dance programs in Houston and Tyler, Texas modeled after FLY, for students aged 8 to 16 whom she mentored inspiring them to set high goals and to work hard to achieve them. Graduates from these programs continue to call or visit Kathy seeking her guidance, which she is happy to provide. Coming full circle, Kathy, as the “new” FLY Dance Company’s Artistic Director, is constantly pushing the company’s members to ever-higher standards of performance and professionalism, demanding that they strive to reach their true potential in dance and in life. Kathy is a life-long teacher and vows that she will never stop. And it seems evident that FLY Dance Company members are destined to continue her tradition of community service while, at the same time, producing and honing their art.
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