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Department of Arts and Philosophy



Delma Iles is the founder and Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, which has just entered its 30th Season. She has created over 50 original dance works for Momentum and has also created works for the Florida Grand Opera, Pensacola Ballet, the Tallahassee Ballet, Ballet Concerto, the Bristol Concert Ballet Company and many others. She shares a daytime Emmy Award for her choreography for the Coconut Grove Children’s Theater’s production of The Me Nobody Knows in 1999. She previously danced with the Cincinnati Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Fusion Dance Company among others. Under her leadership Momentum has performed in France, Mexico and the Bahamas as well as at the National Dance Week New York Festival. In addition, she created the nationally recognized Miami Dance Festival, currently in its ninth year. The Festival has presented artists diverse as soloists from the Martha Graham Dance Company, the National Dance Company of the Bahamas, Ballet Contemporaneo de Oaxaca (Mexico), the Lula Washington Dance Company (Los Angeles), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (NYC) and CORE Performance Group (Atlanta).


Ms. Iles holds a B.A. in Teaching of Ballet from Virginia Intermont College and a M.F.A. in Dance from New York University. She has twice been awarded Florida Artist Fellowships in Dance as well as a Rotary Foundation Fellowship for international study, and numerous other grants and awards. In the summer of 2009 she studied Bahrat Natyam, a classical dance form of India, in Mumbai for three weeks through a Miami Dade County Cultural Advancement grant.


She has also served as President, and subsequently Executive Director, of the Children’s Cultural Coalition of South Florida, where she produced educational arts programs in all arts disciplines for children, education oriented arts publications, and provided resources and development programs for artists who work with children. She is nationally recognized for her leadership in arts education and for her innovative dance programs for children.


She currently teaches and coordinates the dance program at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus and acts as a dance and arts consultant for a number of South Florida based arts organizations including the Adrienne Arsht performing Arts Center. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts Action Alliance, and has previously served on the Boards of Arts For A Complete Education, the Florida Dance Association, the Dance Umbrella of Greater Miami, and the Children’s Cultural Coalition. Her honors and awards include: the Phi Theta Kappa Award for excellence in teaching awarded by the students at MDC Wolfson Campus, and the Doris Leeper Award for outstanding contributions to arts education in Florida awarded by the statewide arts advocacy group Arts for A Complete Education. She was selected in 2007 by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts to for a Miami Made Commissioning Project. She was also selected in 2008, 2009, 2010 for Creative Capital consulting projects. Her educational children’s ballet Fish Tales was recently selected for inclusion in the Florida Alliance doe Arts Educations upcoming publication A Compendium of Best Practices in Arts Integration in Florida.