Founder and Executive Artistic Director

Derick McKoy, Jr.

Photo by Mariah Gravelin

Derick McKoy, Jr. (He/him) 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 choreographic work has been described as “authentic”, “dramatic”, and “important”. His developing collection of works have been performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Ailey Studio Theater, Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Ades Performance Space, Youth American Grand Prix, the Nimbus Arts Festival, and the Jamaica Dance Festival.

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 others.

Derick McKoy, Jr. was also a part of a dance feature of The Ailey School on the talk show Conan. He has also had the opportunity to perform in Ailey’s 2017 Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center at the David Koch Theater and for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vessel at Hudson Yards.

Mr. McKoy started McKoy Dance Project as a way to add his own contributions to the dance. MDP aims to be a strong, but sensitive new voice in the contemporary dance world. The company was founded with five pillars in mind: to create jobs, to inspire and touch, to give purpose, to create leaders, and to heal.

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite Color? Orange!
  • If you know me, you know I am obsessed with gummy bears. I’m a gummy bear connoisseur.
  • I learn languages very quickly. Currently, I hope to become fully fluent in Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

Every time we let a moment pass us without action or discovery, we prevent ourselves from becoming who we are meant to be.

Derick McKoy, Jr.

Header image: Founder and Executive AD Derick McKoy, Jr. Photo by Tania Palomeque. Top Left: Founder and Executive AD Derick Mckoy, Jr in Midday Sorrow by Adam Barruch. Top Center: Headshot of Founder and Executive AD Derick McKoy, Jr. Photo by Tania Palomeque. Top Right: Founder and Executive AD Derick McKoy, Jr jumping mid air. Photo by Nir Areli. Bottom Left: Founder and Executive AD Derick McKoy, Jr with MDP Dancers. Photo by Mariah Gravelin. Bottom Right: Founder and Executive AD Derick Mckoy, Jr. in rehearsal for Dear Fragile & Broken Thing. Photo by Amina Vargas.