PIKEVILLE - The University of Pikeville dance team finished in first-place in its category at Jamfest, held recently in Lexington.
Prestonsburg native Jilleyn Darby serves as the Pikeville dance team’s head coach. Darby started her career in dance at the age of three. She began teaching dance at 16 with Eastern Dance Association as lead instructor and choreographer.
Darby studied dance at Louisburg College in North Carolina and spent her summers as lead dancer at Jenny Wiley Theatre of Prestonsburg.
She left home to pursue her dance career in New York City where she lived for three years. There she danced with the XFL for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen. She also danced for a professional Lacrosse team, the New Jersey Storm.
She then moved to Florida to do choreography and dance at the Stage Door Theatre. Darby moved back to her hometown in Kentucky in 2006 and has worked with several local high school and elementary dance teams, where she has won many state and national championships.
Darby guided the Diamond Girls, official dance team of the East Kentucky Miners, from 2007-09. The Miners competed in the tradition-rich Continental Basketball Association (CBA).