Updated: Feb 3, 2018
DaRyus O’Neilhas 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. In August 2017, he returned to CityDance to continue his love of teaching youth as well as founded his own company, New Renaissance Arts.
DaRyus thoroughly enjoys dance and the experiences that dance has afforded him. Aside from performing over the globe, he attributes his personal success to the love and support that his dance family provides. His style is best characterized as Hip hop-plus and his expressive choreography often incorporates elements of classical and cultural dance styles. He believes in the execution of real hip-hop as well as the successful marriage of multiple authentic forms of art.