Daphne McCoy has been dancing and teaching dance for most of her life. She has a BA in Music Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a certified Alexander technique teacher. Currently, Daphne is a member of the dance faculty at Carleton College where she teaches Modern dance technique and choreographs for Semaphore Dance Company. For the past 18 years Daphne has been teaching dance technique and theory at many colleges and universities across the nation including, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, Miami University, Earlham College, Bowdoin College, Colby College and Bates College. Daphne has taught all techniques including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, Movement for the actor, dance history, dance appreciation, the Alexander technique, improvisation and composition. After graduate school, Daphne was the co-Artistic director of Impact III a modern dance company in Champagne, Il for 3 years. Some of her professional, and collegiate choreographic credits in theatre, music theatre and opera choreography include, “Wild Duck”, “Good Person of Szechwan.” “Cabaret,” “Big Love,” Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Music Man,” 42nd Street,” “Anything Goes,” “HAIR,” “Metamorphosis,” “Attempts on her life,” Hamletmachine,” “La Traviata,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Venus,” ”Top Girls,” ”Tartuffe,” “Putting it Together,” ”Skriker,” “Godspell,” “Tarzan,” “Man of La Mancha,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,””Spelling Bee,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Tarzan”
Throughout her career as a professor of dance, Daphne has had her modern dance choreography represented at the American College Dance festivals in many regions of the nation including here in Minnesota at the Mankato ACDFA in 2013.
Daphne shares her life with her two wonderful daughters, Harper and Carson Bechtel, her husband Roger and their dog Nugget and two kitties, Jasmine and Basil in the cozy little town of Northfield, Minnesota.Daphne has worked with every demographic of dancers from 18 months to 90 years old and looks forward to many years training a diverse group of people at Northfield Dance Academy.