!! Up-Coming Events!!
"Fashionetta" - Ornelas Activity Center
Sat., Apr. 27
FLY KiDS has been invited back to perform at the AKA Fashionetta pagent, an event where young ladies and
young men compete for titles with the proceeds going to a college scholarship fund. FLY KiDS will have
to work hard to repeat the standing ovation received last year. Thanks for the invitation.
"St. Paul Neighborhood Festival"
Thu., Jun. 20
FLY KiDS has been invited by the St. Paul Children's Foundation to perform at their neighborhood festival.
The festivities are from 6:00 to 8:00pm with FLY KiDS performing at 7:00pm. The block around the church and
foundation offices will be the site for all activities. The address is 215 S Clayton Ave., Tyler.
"ArtWalk" - Downtown Plaza
Sat., Jun. 22
FLY KiDS will be joined by dance groups from the Tyler area for performances on-stage on the plaza.
Afterwards FLY KiDS will "flash mob" inside businesses around the Tyler's the square. Dance
groups are invited to participate. (Contact Kathy Wood if interested
in performing. The stage will be 36 by 24 feet with Marley dance floor.)
"Cakepalooza" - Bergfeld Park
Sat., Jul. 13
FLY KiDS will perform at this year's Cakepalooza at the invitation of our FLY KiDS friend
Ms. Rachel Huff. The performance will be on stage in Bergfeld Park (Tyler). Thanks Rachel.
!! Event Reporting!!
Sat., Apr. 6, 2013
FLY KiDS were joined by Dance Dimensions of Mineola for an hour of on-stage performances
followed by joint "flash mobs" inside businesses around the Tyler's downtown plaza. Both
groups and an audience of about 150 had a great time. Thanks to Beverly Abell and Heart
of Tyler for providing the stage and new vinyl dance floor.
Mini Maker Faire
Sat., Mar. 23, 2013
FLY KiDS performed twice at the Discovery Science Place for
for a total of approximately 200 kids and parents in attending the Mini Maker Faire.
Between performances, FLY KiDS viewed the science projects and demonstrations and
participated in various science activities for an enjoyable and informative experience.
MA Regional Competition
Sat., Feb. 9, 2013
About 800 audience members saw FLY KiDS perform and ultimately win the "Best in Class Award" in the Studio Class (Grades 7-9).
They also won the "High Point Award" in all three dance categories that they entered--Hip Hop,
Show, and Open. It was an opportunity to dance for a "dance savvy" audience and see a lot of
other dance groups and styles. In their third year of competition, FLY KiDS has become the team to watch
for performing energy, unusual choreography, and interesting music. The FLY KiDS veterans and new dancers
gave it 100%. We are proud of their effort and proud of their exemplary behavior.
Basketball Halftime - TJC vs. Navarro
Sat., Feb. 2, 2013
FLY KiDS performed "Without Me" at the halftime of the conference game with Navarro to a very nice reception from about 400 audience members. Basketball game performances are a treat.
FLY KiDS Annual Fundraiser
Fri., Jan. 25, 2013
This year's concert featured three new pieces
of choreography and was a preview of their competition pieces. An estimated 250 supporters, friends, and family were in attendance,
including our guest of honor, Heart of Tyler Director Beverly Abell. The concert featured the fight scene from the Broadway musical
"West Side Story," a Ninja dance with fighting sticks to Japan's Kodo Drummers, and a dance to Eminem's "Without Me"
in blue shirts and white suspenders. In between performances, audience members won raffle prizes and bid on silent auction
items. It was a lot of fun and raised over $900 for FLY KiDS expenses. Thanks to everyone.
"Holiday in the Park" - Bergfeld Park
Sat., Dec. 8, 2012
About 250 kids and families left the ice slide and other fun activities and filled the ampitheater
at Bergfeld Park to watch the FLY KiDS 30-minute show. In addition to hip hop Christmas pieces, they saw three other choreographed
pieces from the FLY KiDS repertory to a wide variety of music--classical, pops from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, and 2000's by
artists as varied as Bach, Nat King Cole, The Flamingos, Eminem, and Busta Rhymes. They finished with a "freestyle" then
invited kids to come on stage to join them. The kids came pouring on stage and had a great time.
Basketball Halftime -
TJC vs. Weatherford
Sat., Nov. 9, 2012
The TJC students and fans proved once again that they are FLY KiDS number one hip hop audience.
They ate up our signature piece, "Cool Pops", saluting musical artists James Brown ("I Feel Good"),
The Flamingos ("I Only Have Eyes for You") , Michael Jackson ("Billy Jean", and Nat King Cole ("Love")
through clever choreography and comedy. Congratulations to the FLY KiDS dancers for another quality performance.
Glass Recreation Center "Fall Festival"
Sat., Oct. 25, 2012
There was a big crowd at the Glass Rec. Center with costumed kids and parents
everywhere enjoying the fun activities. One of the popular activities was the FLY KiDS
performance. They performed their version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller",
"Ghost Busters" (with multi-colored ghosts), and a hip hop piece they learned at
FLY KiDS summer camp. They finished with a "freestyle" circle then
invited kids in the audience to join in. They came pouring out and had a great
time showing their stuff. I think we saw some future FLY KiDS!
On Stage at the ArtWalk
Sat., Sep. 22, 2012
FLY KiDS showed off their new choreography and new members at the Tyler's downtown ArtWalk.
They were joined on stage by the new version of FLY Dance Company, a professional group
from Houston that director Kathy Wood made into a successful touring group before retiring
to Tyler and starting FLY KiDS here. Later, FLY KiDS and FLY Dance Company performed "flash
mobs" in downtown businesses. There were two groups: one performing hip hop and the other
in colorful stretch fabric "bags" creating living sculptures--a big hit!
Sat., Sep. 15, 2012
FLY KiDS performed at the Boys and Girls Club's "Day for Kids" in the morning
and entertained at the first annual "Brick Street Block Party" in the afternoon.
We had a great time at both events. Thanks for the invitations.
Fun at Whispering Pines
Thu., Aug. 23, 2012
FLY KiDS played, swam, and performed at the Whispering Pines community at Red Springs.
Thanks for the hospitality.
2012 FLY KiDS Summer Camp Another Success
Aug. 13-17, 2012
Three Houston hip hop teachers (Chris, Corey, & George) taught new movement and skills to the FLY KiDS veterans and auditioning dancers in its annual 5-day camp at the Glass Recreation Center. It was fun and hard work, giving the new members a good introduction to FLY KiDS. It was another successful kick-off for the new performing season.
FLY KiDS at the first annual "Cakepalooza" Fri., Jul. 13, 2012
FLY KiDS performed their signature piece, "Cool Pops" at Cakepalooza at Tyler's Harvey Convention Center. It was a "sweet" experience.
Cakepalooza is a cake competition-fundraiser for Cakies Custom Cakes and Deserts run by Rachel Huff. FLY KiDS was the recipient of a much appreciated donation as a result of the event. Thanks, Rachel.
(Rachel also assists Kathy teaching the FLY KiDS to dance. )
FLY KiDS at Overton's June Teenth Celebration
Fri., Jun. 15, 2012
FLY KiDS performed a 30-minute program kicking off the Overton, Texas June Teenth Celebration. It was a fun event. Our thanks for the invitation and the hospitality from all the volunteers. Special thanks to the organizer, Janice Minnick.
"Dance Celebration" in Dallas Sat. , May 26, 2012
FLY KiDS made their second appearance at this annual, week-long tap festival produced by the Dance Council of North Texas. It was held at Fair Park outside the Music Hall prior to the presentation of the summer musical. The music for the piece included Sweet Georgia Brown, William Tell Overture, and Whip It. FLY KiDS received high compliments for the tap skills they developed in just two months. Thanks Dance Council for providing tap shoes and our first lesson! Cudos to director Kathy Wood for her choreography and for bringing the dancers' tap skills up so quickly. Congratulations to the dancers for their hard work to achieve these new skills. You were even better than we expected.
FLY KiDS at the AKA Fashionetta Pagent Sat., Apr. 28, 2012
Our most popular piece, "Cool Pops" received a standing ovation from the pagent's attendees kicking off the event in which lovely young ladies and
their escorts competed for titles in a program to fund scholarships for college students.
FLY KiDS at the Smith County Kids Fest
Sat., Apr. 14, 2012
FLY KiDS made their debut appearance at Tyler's Broadway Square Mall performing a fast-paced, 30-minute show featuring five different choreographed pieces from the FLY KiDS repertory. Kids Fest highlighted the many organizations providing activities and services for area children and parents! Sincere thanks to the Texas Dept. of Family & Protective Services (particularly Susan and Charlotte) and the management of Broadway Square Mall for this opportunity.
Roadtrip to Dallas for "Dance Planet 16"
Sat. , Mar. 31, 2012
FLY KiDS made their second appearance at this annual festival produced by the
Dance Council of North Texas. FLY KiDS performed, saw other dance groups, and did extremely well in the dance workshop taught by
for her work on America’s Best Dance Crew. Afterwards, they went to the Dallas Contemporary Dance Studios for a private tap lesson provided for them by the Dance Council.
Thanks loads Dance Council for the lesson and new tap shoes!