artistic director

Belicia Beck

BELICIA BECK is the Artistic Director of MADCO (Modern American Dance Company).  Belicia 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. Find her at

Arianna Russ

Managing director

Arianna Russ

ARIANNA RUSS (Managing Director) Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Arianna moved to St. Louis to join Modern American Dance Company (MADCO). While dancing with the main company, Arianna worked with artists such as Stephanie Martinez, Carl Flink, Joshua Peugh, Nejla Yatkin and a host of others. She is honored to return to MADCO as Managing Director for its 45th season. Arianna has also performed professionally in the NBA, with the Cedar Rapids Opera, and in dance festivals across the country including New York, Chicago and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since living in St. Louis, she has been on faculty at Lindenwood University and has been a Guest Teaching Artist at Webster University. Most recently, she has joined Southeast Missouri State University’s adjunct faculty. Arianna received her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa in 2018.  For MADCO bookings and other information, contact Arianna at

Education Director

Darrell V. Hyche II

DARRELL V. HYCHE II (Education Director) 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. For more information about the educational programs MADCO offers, contact Darrell at

MADCO Board of Directors

Ken Tucker, Board President
Glennetta Haymon, Vice-President
Tricia Zweier, Secretary
Reena Venkatesan
Gino Meranda