Artists Of KDT

Joniece "JoJo" Boykins 

Director/ Founder

Joniece “JoJo” Boykins an African American native of Inglewood, California graduated with honors, Cum Laude, receiving her BFA in dance from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College. She also completed a composition concentration where she furthered her studies in the art of choreography under the mentorship of Susan Bernhard. During her time at Purchase, she has performed the works of Doug Varone, Peter Chu, Kevin Wynn, Jonathan Reidel, Alexandra Beller, and Nejla Yatkin. During her summers, she has attended Springboard Danse Montreal where she has performed work by Ohad Naharin (restaged by Shamel Pitts) and Peter Chu. She also studied under Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag as a Young Beth Scholarship recipient.
Alongside her studies, she is a member of Lula Washington Dance Company (Los Angeles). She has studied and performed work by Donald McKayle, Rennie Harris, Christopher Huggins, Lula Washington, and Tamica Washington-Miller, She has performed and toured in events such as IABD (International Association of Blacks In Dance), APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NIKE Collaboration Performance, Dizzy Feet @ Club Nokia at LA LIVE, Space Shuttle Endeavor performance and so much more.
Joniece started choreographing at the age of 18. She aims to bring to light everyday crisis and social injustices through intense storylines. Recently, she made her New York City Debut at the American Dance Guild festival in October 2018. Her work Unseen, Unheard, forgotten was reviewed by Broadway World Dance as “a powerful and moving piece. It was full of grace, yet very intense.”

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Alana Jones

Core member/Co-founder

Alana Jones is a Houston native. As a founding member of  Vitacca Dance Project under the direction of Kelly Ann Vitacca she trained under Ballet Master Phillip Broomhead while attending the High School of Performing and Visual Arts. In 2014 Ms. Jones was accepted on scholarship and trained with the American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Thereafter, Ms. Jones was accepted on scholarship to SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. During her time at Purchase College, Ms. Jones was invited into the ballet concentration where she performed and studied works by George Balanchine, Norbert De la Cruz, Michelle Ulerich and Colby Damon. During her four years she has also trained with Ballet X, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance and Arts Umbrella.  Alana recently earned her BFA and is has begun her first season with Chicago Repertory Ballet.

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Bethany Kellner

Core Member/ Cofounder

Bethany Kellner began her dance training at the age of two at a local competition studio and a classical ballet school in Buffalo, NY. To further her training, Bethany studied at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2018 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a Minor in Arts Management. In addition, Bethany has trained with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, BalletX, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, RiverNorth Dance Chicago, and Ballet Hispanico to name a few. She has performed the works of, Dexandro Montalvo, Brian Enos, Iratxe Ansa, George Balanchine, David Fernandez, and Michelle Thompson Ulercich among others. Bethany currently lives in NYC dancing professionally with Hudson Ballet Theatre, ENCOUNTERS Dance, and CoreDance Contemporary in addition to Kins Dance Company. 

Nikki D'Anault

Core Member/Cofounder

Nikki d’Arnault originally from Miami, Florida began dancing at the age of two. She trained in classical ballet and modern at New World School of the Arts where she performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine and Martha Graham. She later continued her dance training in the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. While at Purchase she worked with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Taryn Kaschock Russell , Norbert De La Cruz III, Kevin Wynn, among many others. Her senior year at Purchase Nikki had the opportunity to work one on one with Alonzo King of Alonzo King Lines Ballet to create her senior repertoire solo, which she performed in February of 2018. To further her dance training she has attended summer programs such as Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Arts Umbrella, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet X, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet BC, American Ballet Theater, Houston Ballet, and The Rock School. Nikki is very excited to be dancing with KinsCo!

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Madelyn Lalonde

Core Member/Cofounder

Madelyn LaLonde is originally from Houston, Texas where she started dancing at the age of three at Hintze Dance Center. By the age of thirteen, Madelyn transferred studios to train in the classical techniques of Ballet and Modern at Allegro West Academy of Dance in Katy, Texas. Under the direction of Catriona Steel and Lynsey Steel, she participated in Royal Academy of Dance syllabi exams. While maintaining her training at Allegro West, Madelyn also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she graduated with the Highest of Honors in Dance. Madelyn has competed in both classical and contemporary styles at Youth America Grand Prix at both the regional and national levels. She was even privileged to have her own choreography be nominated for a Choreography Award at YAGP. After graduating HSVPA, she made the move to New York to attend the State University of New York at Purchase College. Madelyn recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase, with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Arts Management. During her time at SUNY Purchase, she performed works by Merce Cunningham, Dylan Crossman, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Norbert De La Cruz III, Brian Enos, Taryn Kaschock Russell, among other acclaimed choreographers. Madelyn was honored and excited to see her dreams unfold, by being offered an apprenticeship for the 2018-2019 season of Elisa Monte Dance Company, under the direction of Tiffany Rea-Fisher.

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