FLY Dance Company to Take the Stage at Heritage

Feb 23, 2018 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center continues its fifth annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with FLY Dance Company on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall. The 10-member, all-male contemporary dance company from Houston is known for its high energy breakdancing, hip-hop, acrobatic, and modern dance that crosses audience boundaries with pieces combining styles and cultures to reflect contemporary Americana.

WHAT:            Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series – FLY Dance Company

WHEN:            Friday, March 23 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

TICKETS:        $28-$33 adult, $24-$28 UD alumni/military, $15 child/student

Every so often a company bursts onto the dance scene with such talent and drive that a new genre is born; such was the case with the original FLY Dance Company. Within three seasons of touring, FLY went from an unknown, hard to categorize dance company with no touring experience to a popular, new group wowing audiences around the country with 60 concerts and 100 educational shows annually – all while producing its own concert season in Houston.

Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles through music as diverse as Stravinsky, Debussy, Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole, Three Dog Night, Isaac Hayes, Escala, Vivaldi, Wes Montgomery, Dave Barbour, The Funky Lowlives, Rahzel, James Brown, and Earth Wind & Fire.

FLY’s performance style is called theatrical hip hop –“theatrical” in that acting is an essential element of the style. FLY’s performing repertory is varied musically and choreographically and its dancers are skilled and highly adaptable. Nicknaming themselves “The Gentlemen of Hip-Hop,” this group of young men takes pride in the style of dance they’ve created, which combines classical dance training and technique with the style, spontaneity, and energy of street dancing.

Prior to the show, members of the company will deliver a free pre-show lecture from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Babka Theatre, adjacent to Butler Hall.

Tickets for FLY Dance Company can be purchased Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at

This engagement is supported, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.