MEET THE COMPANY
DaRyus O’Neil has been a member of the DMV dance scene since 2006. After first being a member of the Univ. of MD team, Dynamic, he was selected as a core member of Culture Shock, DC and from 2007-2012, he trained and performed in that role. In 2008, he was asked to be co-director of one of the company’s youth troupes, Future Shock; a role he enjoyed for 3 years. In 2011, he because Artistic Director of his own crew, Splittin’ Image, and it was in this role that DaRyus began to explore his artistic voice. He ‘stopped’ dancing in 2013 when he returned for Doctoral Studies in Cancer Research at Georgetown University. However, that time would become just a break when DaRyus accepted the position as Artistic Director of Afta Shock in August of 2016. During the 2016-2017 season with Afta Shock DC, DaRyus created the first Sensoria In August 2017, he returned to CityDance to continue his love of teaching youth as well as founded his own company, New Renaissance Performing Arts Company.
Demetirus White is a Newport News native living in Woodbridge, VA. He studied dance at George Mason, where he earned his minor in Dance Appreciation. He has trained in hip hop, modern, and African. He has choreographed the 2019 Swanson Middle School play production of Legally Blonde, the last two year play productions of Breaking Ground, and Marck Angel. He has danced for PatriceLIVE and as a New Renaissance company member. He currently teaches at Born 2 Dance, gearing for 2019-20 Sensoria production and working on a future Janet Jackson tribute.
Casaundra Bouldin is a Fitness Specialist and Business Consultant whose goal to help others maximize growth in their lives. In fitness, Casaundra holds 5+ years of Personal Training and nutrition certifications. As her first passion, she enjoys helping others achieve optimum health and fitness goals. She has experience working with high school and college athletes as well as specials need cases such as down syndrome, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke patients. Her specialties include weight-loss, muscle building, sports conditioning, speed & agility, flexibility enhancement, and muscular & cardiovascular endurance.
Casaundra holds 4+ years of marketing and sales experience and specializes in business development including business plan writing, website design, social media marketing, logo design, and flyer creation. She works directly with individuals to determine specific needs in order to promote, grow their audience, and expand business.
Toya McKoy is the Administrative Director for New Renaissance Performing Arts Company and has been dancing and performing for over 15 years in local community shows, national stage plays, and various community outreach events. Toya has been featured in “Fabulously 40 and Over,” “2 Angry People Going Through Hell,” and “Child Support man” by Deron Cloud. Her most recent musical performance was at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC in Dennis William’s “I Cried the Blues,” featuring both Avery Sunshine and Keke Wyatt. Toya was also the female lead in New Renaissance’s 2018 Sensoria tour. In addition to dance, Toya also has a passion for total body wellness. She is a certified Fitness and Nutrition Expert as well as an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor. When she is not dancing, she is still working out 6 days a week while training and helping others reach their fitness goals. Toya’s motto is “a body in motion, stays in motion.”
Tara J. Miles
Tara J. Miles, M.A., M.S.W. hails from Youngstown, Ohio and is a product of Youngstown Area City Schools’ mainstreamed program for the deaf. Although she never had any formal training in dance as child, she quickly engrossed herself in learning the many disciplines of dance during her college years. She kick-started her dance career way back in 1988 as a member of Howard University’s OOH-La-La Dance Team. During her short time on the team she danced for football games during half time and in the bleachers with the fans doing a variety of dances. Shortly after her stint at Howard University she moved back home to enroll in classes at Youngstown State University. While there, she auditioned and was selected to be a part of the Y.S.U. basketball dance line. She also was as a member of YSU’s dance ensemble from 1992-1994. She later transferred to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and continued her quest and passion for dance. While at Gallaudet University she served as a dancer, a student choreographer, and then a professional choreographer.