ELYSE ANDERSEN GUTTMANN (MADCO 2 Rehearsal Director) is a native Oklahoman who loves calling St Louis home. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance studying with Austin Hartel, Derrick Minter, and Rebecca Herrin. Since joining MADCO in 2012, she has enjoyed working with such artists as Cecil Slaughter, Gina Patterson, Jennifer Archibald, Hanna Brictson, and Lindsay Hawkins, among others. Along with her love of performing, Elyse is an enthusiastic teacher on staff at DK Dance Productions in Florissant, MO.
BELICIA BECK (Rehearsal Director) is a graduate of the University of Missouri - St. Louis with a degree in Dance. In 2012, she served as an apprentice with MADCO and in 2013 became a company member. Working in the studio setting since a young age, Belicia enjoys teaching modern, jazz, ballet, tap and gymnastics to students in the St. Louis area. She has also been on faculty as a dance instructor for UMSL. During her time with the company, she’s worked with Joseph Mills, Lindsay Hawkins, Bebe Miller, Jennifer Archibald, Gina Patterson, Cecil Slaughter and Nejla Yatkin.
DARRELL V. HYCHE II from Kansas City, MO, received his BFA in Dance Performance and his BS in Psychology from Missouri State University in Springfield. While there, he was a member of the university’s touring performance group, The Inertia Dance Company. As a two year scholarship student at the American Dance Festival, he performed in repertory works by Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, and Nicholas Leichter. Since then, he has performed with the Springfield Ballet and the Ashleyliane Dance Company. After joining MADCO in 2014, he has performed works by Jennifer Archibald, Ronen Koresh, Bebe Miller, James Gregg and a host of others.
DARYON KENT began his dance training at Ms. Bridget's Conservatoire of Dance and continued training at Central Visual Performing Arts High School (CVPA) under the direction of Raymond Parks. Daryon became a member of Alexandra School of Ballet under the artistic direction of Alexandra Zaharias and appeared in featured roles. Daryon performed in the 5th Annual St. Louis Fox Teen Talent Competition "The Dancing Six" and was awarded 3rd place. Daryon has worked with choreographers Gina Patterson, Jennifer Archibald, Cecil Slaughter, and Nejla Yatkin.
JEFF MITCHELL graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Anthropology and Dance and joined MADCO in 2010. Since then, he has worked with a variety of local groups including Leverage Dance, The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Karlovsky and Company Dance, and The Slaughter Project. Most recently he performed with Jacob Hens in the original work "Conservation." Jeff is passionate about all kinds of movement and is grateful for this opportunity to share dance with you.
TAYLOR NASH of Willowbrook, Illinois, trained at Salt Creek Ballet under the direction of Sergey Kosadayev and Zhanna Dubrovskaya. She has attended summer programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lines Contemporary Ballet and Giordano Dance Chicago. In 2016, she graduated with a BS in Dance Arts Administration from Butler University. While there, Taylor had the privilege of dancing overseas in the 35th Anniversary of Dance Conservatory of Eva Jacz in Bratislava, Slovakia; performing a work choreographed by Lesley Tulford. After graduation, Taylor was a trainee/apprentice with Chicago Repertory Ballet. After a year with MADCO 2, she is excited to start her first season with the main company.
ARIANNA RUSS began dancing in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received her BA in Dance and a BS in Human Physiology from the University of Iowa in 2013. Upon graduation, Arianna performed at New Territory/Cuerpo de Danza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Green Space Bloom Dance Festival and DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City before joining the Milwaukee Bucks Dancers in 2014. During her two seasons with them, she traveled and performed internationally in London and throughout Canada as a leading dancer. Most recently, Arianna received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was able to perform in festivals and with the Cedar Rapids Opera. She is thrilled to join MADCO’s main company for their 42nd season!
NATALIE WILLIAMS is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a BFA in dance. Lindenwood exposed Natalie to multiple guest choreographers and professional companies, such as Kegwin + Co, Ali Duffy, Christina Robson, and Joy Davis. Natalie was privileged to attend, learn, and perform at four ACDF Midwest conferences during her college career, where she learned from Giordano Dance Chicago, and Cedar Lake Dance Co, along with many other inspiring artists. She is currently an instructor and choreographer at Dance Incorporated and Rokita Dance Center. In addition to the concert stage, Natalie has been seen as a background dancer for local R&B concerts and music videos, as well as a model for local clothing boutiques.