Chris Cortez, the founder of Houston Healthy Hip-Hop is the product of one of the first in-school hip-hop dance programs that took place in 1998 at Spring Oaks Middle School. Kathy Wood the founder and artistic director of FLY Dance Company, instructed, and educated him on performance skills and stage etiquette. Kathy spent countless hours preparing him mentally and physically for stage performances. As a child, witnessing such a positive environment inspired Chris to reach out to the community by creating a program similar to the dance class that was instructed by Kathy Wood. This was the beginning of the Hip-Hop culture leading Chris's life into a quest of providing hope and health to the youth.
Chris Cortez has been internationally recognized in the B-Boy community since 1998, performing, competing, instructing, and educating the youth about the art of B-Boying & Hip-Hop’s positive effects on the youth. Chris successfully has organized twelve dance events/competitions in Spring Branch to support and bring a positive message to the community he grew up in.
He was also a part of the world-famous Houston Rockets Launch Crew for nine consecutive years. He has had the pleasure of traveling with the Houston Rockets organization to the China games in Beijing & Guangzhou for the 2010 Global Games. In 2013 Chris traveled to Manila in the Philippines and to Taipei in Taiwan to perform the Global Games.
In 2009 Chris Cortez launched "Houston Healthy Hip-Hop." The growth of this after-school program “Hip-Hop 4 Homework” expanded throughout the Houston area.
In 2012, Chris also stepped in as Director and owner of Fly Dance Company, an all-male contemporary dance company from Houston consisting of ten talented young men. The company is known for its high-energy performances with clever staging to a variety of music. Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. Their technique is hip-hop—very creative, gymnastics, and highly masculine.
ECE Touring currently represents FLY, the most significant talent agency in North America, and is advised by world-renowned choreographer/legend Rennie Lorenzo Harris. FLY will be embarking on a US tour later this year. FLY is also partnering with the US Embassy to take their programs and concerts overseas. FLY is excited to announce FLY Dance Company Day in Houston on September 30th in which will be celebrated at Miller Outdoor Theatre for their 21 years of FLY.