Founder & President of FLOFIYAH LLC.
Owner and founder of Flo FIYAH, LLC., Florence Walker-Harris is a phenomenal entrepreneur, visionary artist and choreographer. Florence, better known as Mz.Flo, is a native of Haiti by way of Queens, New York and has been taking the Chicago performing arts scene by storm for over 20 years.
Mz. Flo is trained in the disciplines of Ballet, Horton, Jazz (strongly influenced by Frank Hatchet), traditional Haitian Folklore, West African, Tap and Hip Hop. She also holds a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and Black & Latin Studies from the State University College at Oneonta in New York and a Master’s Degree in Human Service Administration of Program Development from National Lewis University. Mz. Flo was a professor for nine years at Chicago State University, where she taught nutrition and fitness and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter.
Since 2008, Flo has served as Artistic Director of Studio One Dance Theatre. Her choreography experience ranges from musical theatre, music videos, fashion shows, recording artist development, school productions and much more. Some of her recent credits include teaching Master Classes at the BCBD Black Dance College Exchange, Master Classes in Contemporary, Hip Hop Funk, and Heels, debuting in the 2013 Deeply Rooted Dance Theater’s Choreographers Showcase, choreographing for Congo Square Theater's "More Than A Miracle" The Nativity Story and Emerald City Theatre's "Magic Tree House: A Magical Night in New Orleans". Flo has also worked with youth as a faculty member of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan for the summers of 2015 & 2016 and recently working with Chicago Park District as an instructor for their summer arts program. For the past 18 years has also been a proud choreographer of the community-based program called Dance With Me Productions.
Along with having a unique choreographic style, she has a special talent for creating Period pieces that truly capture the essence of specific historical dance eras. Therefore preparing Flo for the honor of choreographing for one of history’s iconic stories told, The Scottsboro Boys. This production housed by Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago and under the direction of a good friend, the late Sam Roberson, Jr, featured Flo’s tap choreography in the style of a 1940’s Blackface Minstrel Show. Flo’s contribution to the Black Theater Alliance Award-nominated production received rave reviews highlighting her “innovative” choreography and has helped in securing her title as in-house choreographer for Porchlight Music Theatre.
Flo is continually progressing as a choreographer throughout many genres of dance from traditional contemporary, hip-hop and Broadway and thrives to fulfill her goals while making an impression in the dance and theatrical community. As she continues to encourage, motivate, and inspire, her motto remains the same “Success is in the Journey not the Destination.”