DARRELL V. HYCHE II
main company, education director, rehearsal director
Darrell V. Hyche II (Education Director) returns for a seventh season with Modern American Dance Company. In addition to main company dancer, Darrell has added the role of Education Director. Darrell is a graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield receiving a BFA in Dance Performance and BS in Psychology. Darrell 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, Darrell has performed with the Springfield Ballet and the Ashleyliane Dance Company. As a dancer with MADCO, he has toured the country performing works by Bebe Miller, Jennifer Archibald, Ronen Koresh, James Gregg, Stephanie Martinez and a host of others. Darrell has also seen his own work set on MADCO, the University of Missouri - St. Louis and studios throughout the St. Louis area. Throughout his career, he continues to explore the idea of dance as a tool for mental and physical healing, in addition to being an avenue for education on various levels.
main company, rehearsal director
Gabriella Billy, born and raised in St. Louis, started her dance training early on, under the instruction of Christine Kardell. Through out high school Gabriella became a student at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) where she joined pre-professional companies Ballet Eclectica and COCAdance. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Darrell Grande Moultrie, Camille A. Brown, Kirven and Antonio Douthit-Boyd, and Alicia Graf Mack. She has also had the pleasure of learning repertoire from companies like Pilobolus and LeherDance. Gabriella is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has a love for teaching young aspiring dancers and is a faculty member at COCA. Gabriella is currently an apprentice Gyrotonic instructor and is working on her Level 1 certification as another way to share movement with others. Gabriella has had the pleasure of dancing with MADCO 2 for two seasons and is excited to be a member of the main company for its 45th season.
Daryon Kent began his dance training at Ms. Bridget's Conservatoire of Dance and continued four years of training at Central Visual Performing Arts High School (CPVA) under the instructor Raymond Parks where he studied jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip hop and contemporary dance. While attending CPVA, Daryon performed in the 5th Annual St. Louis Fox Teen Talent Competition & The Dancing Six and was awarded 3rd place. Daryon also trained at Alexander School of Ballet under the Artistic director Alexander Zaharias and became a member with the company which he performed in several different major roles such as The Nutcracker, A Mid Summer Night's Dream, and Coppelia. Daryon received The Dance St. Louis Dance Career Award in 2014 along with several full scholarships to the following summer intensives: Milwaukee Ballet (2014) Cincinnati Ballet (2015) and Kansas City Ballet (2016-2027). Daryon is currently a member with Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) and has performed the work of several choreographers Gina Patterson, Jennifer Archibald. Cecil Slaughter, Nejla Yatkin, Bebe Miller, Christian Denice, and Lindsay Hawkins.
Katherine Kennedy graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance and a BBA in management from Western Michigan University in the spring of 2019. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, extensively studying ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and contemporary. During her time at WMU, she performed in works choreographed by Joshua Manculich, Monique Haley, Christian Denice, and David Curwen, as well as in the restaging of professional works choreographed by Aszure Barton, Lindsey Thomas, and Lew Christensen. Additionally, she performed with Western Dance Project during the 2017-2018 season. Katherine has taught dance for seven years, working with dancers ranging in age from 3 - adult. She is passionate about sharing dance with her community, and has worked administratively with Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers in Kalamazoo, MI and American Dance Festival in Durham, NC to support arts education. Upon graduation Katherine moved to St. Louis to perform as a Convergence Trainee with The Big Muddy Dance Company and is excited for her first season with MADCO 2!
Gail grew up in DeKalb, Illinois, where she started dancing at the age of 3. By 15 Gail started working towards her college degree. She attended Northern Illinois University for three years before graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in May of 2017 at the age of 18. Post graduation she moved to Chicago, Illinois to explore teaching and performing dance. Gail moved to Saint Louis from Chicago in 2020 to work as a trainee with the Big Muddy Dance Company. She is thrilled to be joining MADCO this season to share her love of dance in a non-judgemental welcoming environment.
Born and raised in Saint Charles, MO, Maddie graduated from Lindenwood University, May 2020, earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ballet. Her training in ballet, pointe, jazz and tap primarily came from Dance Connection PAC from the age of five to her highschool graduation. In her junior year of highschool, Maddie began to further her ballet training at The Saint Louis Ballet School, where she trained under Lisa Wolsberger, Lori Wilson and CiCi Houston. She also received the opportunity to perform in a few of Gen Horiuchi’s professional ballets. At Lindenwood, Maddie choreographed a few of her own pieces as well as performed in the dance program’s Fall, Winter and Spring dance concerts. She has performed works choreographed mainly by Janet Strzelec, Tricia Zweier, Tracy Dupre and Amy Gammon, in addition to guest choreographers Kate Harpootlian, Nick and Zack Betty-Neagle and Frankie Baron. This past year, Maddie danced alongside The Big Muddy Dance Company as a Convergence Trainee under Dustin Crumbaugh and Brian Enos. While in this program, she trained under several of The Big Muddy Company dancers and performed in their show Lemp Legends, The Big Muddy Gala and two festivals: Dance Fest and The Spread Ari’s Light Foundation. At the age of 15, Maddie received her first teaching job as a student teacher at Dance Connection PAC. She now holds a Master Teacher position and has been educating the students at DCPAC in ballet and tap. This is Maddie’s first season with The Modern American Dance Company as a second company member.