To mirror the experiences we live through today, MDP’s mission is to empower one another and marginalized communities by blending authentic stories, arts programming, and accessible events to strengthen community relationships and support systems. It is important to us that we foster connection and healing by diving head-first into works that are sensitive and conscious of the inequities and trauma built into our society.
By cultivating a diverse and secure environment for artists of all backgrounds, and innovating opportunities for all people to be mirrored and engaged through the arts, MDP successfully creates valuable discourse and collaboration between influential community groups. The artists and staff members of MDP are charged as community leaders that lead in social education and influence through performances and personal exchanges. Over the span of a few years, the company brings its programming and educating platform across national and international lines.
Derick McKoy, Jr. (He/him), Founder and Executive Artistic Director
Derick, originally from Miami, Florida, is a graduate Glorya Kaufman BFA Scholar of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. Derick started his official training under Luctricia Welters and after a year, joined her dance company, Jubilee Dance Theater, as an apprentice. He furthered his training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Arts Umbrella, BalletX, Ballet Hispanico, Springboard Danse Montreal, under scholarships, as well as NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH.
Derick has performed with Nimbus Dance, directed by Samuel Pott, Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project, and on seasons 1 and 2 of the hit tv-show POSE on FX.
Mr. McKoy’s work has been described as “authentic”, “dramatic”, and “important”… continued here
Mikaela Sinclair Brandon (She/her), Associate Artistic Director
Mikaela Sinclair, originally from Warren, NJ, is a freelance artist, dancer, and choreographer. She began formal dance training at the age of three at Washington Rock Dance under the mentorship of Cleo Mack. She furthered her education at Fordham University/The Ailey School, where she received her BFA in Dance with a minor in Psychology. Mikaela was the 2018-2019 recipient of the Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholarship.
Mikaela presented original choreography at the Ailey Citigroup Theater for three consecutive years (2017-2019), performed works by numerous guest artists, assisted classes in the Ailey School Junior Division Program, and was a faculty member at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School… continued here.
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MDP | Tea Talk: America’s Truth
McKoy Dance Project || MDP announces its last Tea Talk of the season!
LIVE on May 5th at 7:00pm, Artistic Director Derick McKoy, Jr and Associate Director Mikaela S. Brandon will sit down to host a conversation on the effects of race.
MDP | Tea Talks: America’s Truth speaks to the covert pressures that issues of race have had on our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Artistic Director Derick McKoy, Jr and Associate Director Mikaela S. Brandon will host an honest conversation about how race shows up in our lives today and deliberate how we can become more aware of its influences in our decisions and relationships. MDP | Tea Talks are FREE. Donations of $5 are suggested to help support the program. Click Here to Register.
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MDP | Presents: New Visions Concert
McKoy Dance Project || MDP is back! Eight dancers, four dance works, including three world premieres. You do not want to miss this!
Location: James and Martha Duffy Performance Space at Mark Morris Dance Center
Date and Time:
Live Person Concert: Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET
Virtual Concert: Friday, May 27th, 2022 at 7:00 PM ET
MDP | New Visions highlights innovative and diverse world premieres created for McKoy Dance Project. Coming on May 14th, 2022, McKoy Dance Project will premiere 3 new works by our Founder and Executive Artistic Director Derick McKoy, Jr, Associate Artistic Director Mikaela S. Brandon, and the extraordinary choreographer Christian A. Warner. Derick McKoy, Jr’s dynamic and empowering work, Hush, will also be a part of the program this year. Leading up to the in-person concert, McKoy Dance Project will be presenting a series of community events open to the public: intimate sneak previews into the new works with their choreographers, dance workshops, and America’s Truth presented by MDP | Tea Talks, a moderated panel discussion on race.
Header Video: Short Excerpt of Tremble by Derick McKoy Jr. Slide 1: Christopher Taylor. Photo by Mariah Gravelin. Slide 2: MDP Dancers Shaina McGregor, Christopher Taylor and Mika Greene. Photo by Mariah Gravelin. Slide 3: MDP Dancer Shaina McGregor. Photo by Mariah Gravelin. Slide 4: Founder and Executive AD Derick McKoy, Jr. and Associate AD Mikaela S. Brandon with MDP Dancers. Photo by Mariah Gravelin. Slide 5: Emerick Ligonde, Taylor Wagner and Sho Miya in rehearsal for Dear Fragile & Broken Thing. Photo by Amina Vargas. Slide 6: Emerick Ligonde, Taylor Wagner and Jacopo Calvo in rehearsal for Dear Fragile & Broken Thing. Photo by Amina Vargas. Slide 7: MDP Dancers Mika Greene and Shaina McGregor. Photo by Mariah Gravelin. Slide 8: McKoy Dance Project || MDP Company Logo. Designed by Vanessa Gomez.