In order to mirror the experiences we live through today, MDP’s mission is to empower one another and marginalized communities by blending together 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 their programming and educating platform across national and international lines.
Derick McKoy, Jr. (He/him), Founder and 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 currently dances with Nimbus Dance in Jersey City, directed by Samuel Pott. He has also performed with The Black Iris Project, and on season 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.