ARTISTIC/ REHEARSAL DIRECTOR
DARRELL V. HYCHE II
ARTISTIC/ REHEARSAL DIRECTOR
BELICIA BECK (Interim Director/Rehearsal Director) is a graduate of the University of Missouri - St. Louis with a degree in Theater and Dance. Belicia has enjoyed performing nationally and internationally in places such as Paris, France, London, England, Florida, Texas, New York and Martha’s Vineyard to name a few. Belicia began her dance career at a young age in Suffolk, England. In 2012, she served as an apprentice with MADCO and in 2013 became a company member, now in her ninth season Belicia serves as the Interim Director for Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) and a main company dancer. 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, Stephanie Martinez, Joshua Peugh, Christian Denice, Ryan Smith and Wendy Rein directors of RAW Dance, Carl Flink, and Suzanne Ryan to name a few. Belicia choreographed for Modern American Dance Company alongside company dancers Darrell Hyche II and Natalie Williams for The Unity Movement. Belicia is excited for what’s to come in this 44th season and intends to lead the Modern American Dance Company with strength, wisdom, an open mind and an open heart.
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.
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 44th 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!