Derick McKoy, Jr.:
Derick McKoy, Jr. is a graduate Glorya Kaufman Scholar of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance. He started training under Luctricia Welters and joined her dance company, Jubilee Dance Theater, as an apprentice. He furthered his training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Arts Umbrella, BalletX, and more. Derick has performed with Nimbus Dance, Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project, and on seasons 1 and 2 of the hit TV show POSE on FX. On stage, Derick has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Matthew Rushing, and many others, and featured on Conan, Ailey’s Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center, and during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Vessel at Hudson Yards. His works have been presented at several performance venues including Ailey Citigroup Theater and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was recently selected as one of four choreographers to choreograph at the Joffrey Academy in Chicago. Derick founded McKoy Dance Project, a strong but sensitive new voice in contemporary dance that seeks to be a platform of visibility and celebration for people of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.