Stacy West (Executive and Artistic Director) joined MADCO in 1988 as a dancer and was appointed Artistic Director in 1994. She enjoys teaching for the UMSL Department of Continuing Studies specializing in dance classes for students with intellectual disabilities. Ms. West has served as a master teacher and consultant for numerous organizations including GoSeeDoArts in New York, Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Entertainment, and Walt Disney Casting in Orlando. Other credits include Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Dance at Webster University, the Department of Dance at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, master classes at State University New York/Fredonia, University of South Florida, Tennessee Association for Dance, American College Dance Festival among many others. In 2001 the national organization Young Audiences named her “Artist of the Year” for her contribution to arts education. In 2007 West designed and implemented MADCO’s “Books in Motion” dance residency program which uses dance to promote literacy and creative thinking skills. The program is now in 15 schools throughout the state of Missouri. In 2011 she conceived a work titled “VEZA” using dance to tell the stories of some of the 50,000 Bosnian immigrants living in St. Louis. The piece was covered in a documentary by HEC-TV and in 2012 won an International Telly Award and a Regional Emmy Award. In 2015 under her leadership MADCO won its second Emmy Award for Liquid Roads. In 2016, West received a Visionary Artist Awards for her work as an Outstanding Arts Educator.