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Founded in 2014, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) is a company that sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform, and a site of celebration. KMC believes in the creation, sharing, and teaching of dance as a way to deepen our knowledge of who we are as individuals, how we develop relationships, and ultimately societies.

KMC has performed at venues including: BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub, Roulette, Actors Fund Arts Center, The Shed, Philadelphia’s FringeArts, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, and The New World Center. Commissions have included: Baryshnikov Arts Center, “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair Dance Festival, NJPAC and Harlem Stage. KMC has received residences from County Prep High School, 92Y, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, and MANA Contemporary Performance Residency Program. The company is currently in residence at The Center for Ballet and The Arts at NYU and with The Joyce Theater at 280 Gibney Dance Center. Director Kyle Marshall is a graduate of Rutgers University, a Jersey City resident and a NJ State Arts Fellow. As an educator he has taught masterclasses and creative workshops at high schools and colleges including Bloomfield College, Trenton Central High School, Montclair State University and the American Dance Festival. Kyle is a 2021-22 Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University. Additionally, Kyle has received a 2018 NY Dance and Performance Juried Bessie Award, a 2020 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award and was a 2020 Bessie Honoree for the revival of his 2017 dance, Colored.

Kyle Marshall Choreography is fiscally sponsored through The Foundation for Independent Artists.

Company Biographies

Kyle Marshall

Kyle Marshall
Kyle Marshall is a choreographer, performer, teacher and artistic director of Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC), a dance company that sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform and a site of celebration. Since inception in 2014, KMC has performed at venues including: BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out,  Actors Fund Arts Center, NJPAC, NBPAC, Little Island, Philadelphia’s FringeArts Festival, the New World Center, and Roulette. Kyle has received choreographic and dance film commissions from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, "Dance on the Lawn", Montclair's Dance Festival, Harlem Stage and THE SHED. Kyle is a recipient of a 2020 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award and 2018 NYJuried “Bessie” Award. As a teacher, Kyle has conducted masterclasses, creative workshops, set choreography at schools including; ADF, Rutgers University, Ailey/Fordham University, Montclair State University, County Prep High School, and Bloomfield College. He is currently a Caroline Hearst Choreographer-In-Residence at Princeton University and is in residence at the Center for Ballet and Arts at NYU. Additional residencies for KMC include MANA Contemporary, 92nd St Y, CPR, and Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Kyle dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and has also worked with doug elkins choreography etc and Tiffany Mills. Kyle graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance and resides in Jersey City.

Current Collaborators

Bree Breeden (performer)
Bree Breeden (performer) is a freelance performing and media artist. Her choreographic and performance work has been presented at Post/Future Performance Festival in 2020, Gibney Work Up program in 2019,  Embodied Spaces Festival I and II in 2018, and at Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts dance talk series in 2016. She is a dancer and the Managing Director for Proteo Media + Performance, and performs with VON HOWARD PROJECT, MICHIYAYA Dance, Kyle Marshall Choreography along with other freelance projects. She is from Cheraw, S.C. and received a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University.

José Lapaz-Rodriguez (performer) José Lapaz-Rodriguez (he/him) (performer) is a freelance dance artist and model from the Dominican Republic currently living in New Jersey. José is a Hanya Holm award recipient and he graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance performance. José researches the interconnection of contemporary dance and voguing in concert dance in queer bodies as he is part of the ballroom scene. He has performed works by Matthew Rushing, Pam Tanowitz, Jordan Lloyd, Stefanie Batten-Bland, Roderick George, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Aside from concert dance, he has performed as a cameo artist in the Off-Broadway ‘Hercules’ by Chase Brock, he collaborated with Mandy Moore for the Facebook Messenger commercial, Jermaine Browne for Rowan Papier’s Telfar “The Same Beat”, and danced in Chad Lawson’s ‘Prelude in D Major’ VEVO music video.

Taína Lyons (performer) Taína Lyons (performer) is a San Pedro, California native who began her dance training at the San Pedro Ballet School at the age of four. Her professional dance training started at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, eventually being mentored by Debbie Allen herself. She is a 2020 New York University Tisch School of the Arts graduate with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Spanish. There she performed in guest works by Ronald K. Brown, Wayne McGregor, and Lar Lubovitch. In the Spring of 2019 she also had the pleasure of studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic at the HAMU school. She is a multi-hyphenated artist who since graduating has had the pleasure of performing in a new work by Antonio Brown, as well as in the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors. She is currently an Apprentice with Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence as well as a Limón2 Company member. Taína is very grateful and humbled to be beginning this journey with Kyle Marshall.

Kwami Winfield (sound collaborator)Kwami Winfield (sound collaborator) is a multi-instrumental artist from Jersey City, working with brass, percussion, string, keyboards, and electric ones. Based in Brooklyn, they perform solo and collaboratively in live and media-mediated settings with a focus on the internal reality of the body. Kwami frames instrumental performance on a continuity of translation, a trumpet provides an additional filter to airflow, movement, expectation. New possibilities in the methods of sound-production emerge from pushing against the solid form of the brass, or any instrument material. Kwami is inspired by the expansion of possibility in sound and the imagined potential of our reality.

Kwami graduated from Bard College in 2019 with a BA from the music department.

Madalyn Rupprecht (company manager) is a dancer, choreographer, and arts administrator born in Baltimore and now based in Brooklyn. As a dancer, she has performed works by Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Jodi Melnick, Kathleen Kelley, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Alwin Nikolais, and Abby Zbikowski, and has performed at venues such as the 92nd Street Y, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Joyce Theater. As a choreographer, she has been selected to present her work at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Montclair State University, Bridge for Dance’s Uptown Rising Performance Series, and as part of the Post/Future Performance Festival, and the Bailar al Sol International Dance Festival in Puerto Rico.

As an arts administrator, Madalyn has worked with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Michelle Tabnick PR, Proteo Media + Performance, and Eryc Taylor Dance in various managing and marketing positions. In addition to being KMC’s Company Manager, she is a Communications Assistant at Dance/NYC. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Journalism from Montclair State University.

Ariana Speight (performer) Ariana Speight (she/her/hers) (performer), a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Africana Studies, is a contemporary artist invested in researching the curiosities of life through various mediums. Originally from Los Angeles, she had the opportunity to dance abroad at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where she studied Gaga technique and repertory from Batsheva company members and Vertigo Dance Company. In addition to working with artists like Kyle Abraham, David Dorfman, and Yin Yue during the course of her professional training, she has performed with a number of artists, most recently in a dance film by Jordan Lloyd that premiered through the platform Issue Project Room. She is also certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) under Om Factory School of Yoga/Yoga Alliance where she continues to nurture her teaching practice.

David Lee Parker (performer)
David Lee Parker (performer) is a native from Long Island, New York. He started his dance training at Long Island High school for the Arts and continued his studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts where he graduated class of 2018 with honors and received his B.F.A. in dance performance. David has trained at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, American Ballet Theater Summer Collegiate Program, Gibney Summer Contemporary Dance Program, and has had the privilege to study abroad for a year in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He has performed works by Stefanie Batten Bland, Antonio Brown, Camille A. Brown, Netta Yerushalmy, Ohad Naharin, Noa Zuk, Reggie Wilson, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Noa Wertheim, and Maxine Doyle along with many others. He has also had the special opportunity to perform at the Suzanne Dellal Theatre in Tel Aviv, the Joyce Theatre, and NYU Skirball to name a few. David was an apprentice for Ronald K. Brown and has danced for Brian Brooks Moving Company, Visual Artist Carrie Mae Weems, QBC Company, and Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. David is currently working with Kyle Marshall and site specific company Kinesis Project Dance Theater.

Cal Fish (sound collaborator)
Cal Fish (sound collaborator) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Sea Cliff, NY currently based in Brooklyn. They graduated from Bard College with a joint degree in studio art and music. Since graduation they have shared interactive works and multi-sensory performances at galleries, diy venues, festivals, community art spaces, and public parks, including; CANADA Gallery, Governor’s Island, Flux Factory, and Peace Park. Sound as a medium for communication and user-friendly kinesthetic technologies have remained at the center of Cal’s work. They have toured extensively with various music and art projects in the U.S. and have also performed in Europe and Canada. Cal currently hosts a radio show called Anthroapology, organizes interdisciplinary art events, makes clothes out of their studio at the Living Gallery, and works in collaboration with many amazingly inspiring artists and organizers.

Edo Tastic (makeup and visual advisor) is a licensed cosmetologist and makeup artist based in New York City, graduating from Empire Beauty School. Edo has been published at Solstice and FIENFH Magazine to name a few. He has worked in many genres ranging from creating signature looks for artistic and professional clientele to commercial work like a summer campaign for Tavern On The Green. His versatility in both hair and makeup is an asset. A vision driven through a friendship with iconic makeup artist David Frank Ray, years as an assistant stylist to Andre Austin, and experience in front of the camera as a model and talent. He has worked on numerous shows such as Big Dogs on Amazon alongside Ezel Mustafa, music videos with numerous artists like Brett Benowitz, web series like Lower East Sides Asides, and short films including  Invasion directed by Dennis Thomas. He is currently a visual consultant to dance company Kyle Marshall Choreography, continues to work with private clients, films, and photoshoot sets.

Founding Members

Oluwadamilare (Dare) Ayorinde is a Nigerian - North American freelance creating dance artist living in New Jersey. Since Rutgers University he has worked with Colleen Thomas, Bill Young, Netta Yerushalmy, Company Stefanie Batten Bland, Kayla Farrish, Douglas Dunn, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for a broadway lab, The Trisha Brown Dance Company and his dear friends Kyle Marshall Choreography and Miriam Gabriel + Carlo Antonio Villanueva. He has presented work at Smush Gallery, Morristown Museum, Stuffed Arts and Movement Research Monday’s at Judson. This year Oluwadamilare is Dance on the Lawn's fifth Emerging Commissioned New Jersey Choreographer.

Bria Symoné Bacon is a New Jersey native and a multi-disciplinary artist currently exploring performance, poetry, and styling. She has worked with the Stephen Petronio Company, Parijat Desai, Marielis Garcia, and Netta Yerushalmy. She is a 2017 graduate of Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts), and will return to complete her masters’ degree in Dance Education. Bacon is elated to be performing with KMC in the 2019 BAM Next Wave Festival.

Miriam (mimi) Gabriel is a performer and creator. She co-creates video work with Zora Schiltz-Rouse and Sophia de Baun under Mizo Productions. She has made dance work with Carlo Antonio Villanueva. She is currently involved in dance projects with Kyle Marshall Choreography, Maya Lee-Parritz, and Stephanie Acosta. Past projects include working with the Stephen Petronio Company, Merce Cunningham Trust and performing for GREYZONE, Zultari Gomez, Lisa Fagan, Sarah Lifson and Kayla Farrish. She is in Carlos Cardona's and Sophia De Baun's Feature Film Scenes from a Breakup and Dan Rosen's short film, Squeezed.

She is a graduate of Rutgers University and works around New Jersey and New York as a domestic worker and food server. Stay updated on her projects and work at

Myssi Robinson is an artist from Richmond, VA. Home is currently Jersey City and the movement worlds of David Dorfman Dance, Kyle Marshall Choreography, and the ColemanCollective. Since graduating from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance, Myssi has maintained a visual art practice of marking, design, and simple construction. Her work has been presented by Mana Contemporary, the Jersey City Theater Center, the Gallery at Nimbus Dance Works, BAAD! and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Myssi's next interdisciplinary solo show will live at Smush Gallery in March 2020. In all the working, empathy is queen.

Past Collaborators

Damani Alfreida
Derek Crescenti
Molly Galbraith
Monica Gonzalez
Jonathan Johnson
Kelli McGovern
Meagan Woods
Morgan Preston
Sarah Lifson
Nicholas Sciscione
Carlo Antonio Villanueva

© Kyle Marshall Choreography 2022. Updated January 2022.