Dancing From a Place of Complete Openness


The Company

Mission


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.

Vision


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.

Values


Authenticity

Integrity

Equity

Community

Fun


Artistic Leadership

Founder and Executive AD Derick McKoy, Jr. Photo by Mariah Gravelin

Derick McKoy, Jr. (He/him), Founder and Executive Artistic Director

Derick McKoy, Jr. (He/him), originally from Miami, Florida, is Emmy nominated performer and choreographer. A graduate Glorya Kaufman BFA Scholar of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, Derick started his official training under Luctricia Welters. After a year, Derick joined Luctricia’s South Florida based 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 season 1 and 2 of the hit tv-show POSE on FX. On stage, Derick has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Matthew Rushing, Crystal Pite, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Dawn Marie Bazemore, Sharon Eyal, Alejandro Cerrudo, Marco Goecke, Adam Barruch, and many others… continued here


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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.