History

MOMENTUM DANCE COMPANY HISTORY

THIRTY FIVE YEARS OF DANCE  

Momentum Dance Company, Artistic Director Delma Iles, is currently celebrating its Thirty-Fifth year with over thirty performances in 2016-2017. Founded in 1982, and in continuous operation since, Momentum is one of the oldest and most established contemporary dance companies in the United States.

Momentum’s activities include: concert seasons in South Florida; concert series for children in both Miami Beach and Coral Gables; educational programs in schools; ongoing residencies at Zelda Glazer Middle School,  Perrine Elementary School, Southwest High School, and Artz-n-the Hood; educational programs for adults; appearances at community events and festivals; special projects and touring.  

Momentum currently consists of a multi-ethnic group of six dancers. The company’s repertory is extremely varied and features historic modern dance works by pioneers such as Doris Humphrey and Anna Sokolow, works by award-winning Artistic Director Delma Iles, including the highly acclaimed Sand Calendar, jazz works by former Assistant Artistic Director Lees Hummel, as well as dramatic, comic, and experimental works by many Florida choreographers. Company dancers who demonstrate choreographic promise are also invited to create new works.

Momentum has been presented by the Florida Department of State on the Florida Touring Program since 1988, and was the first modern dance company ever appointed to the program. Sadly, the program was terminated recently. Momentum represented the U.S.A. at the Jose Limon Festival International in Culican, Mexico in 1995 where it was invited to perform one of its most successful works, Hot and SpicyDuke Ellington’s Nutcracker, set to Ellington’s vibrant, witty score, and featuring art deco style costumes and scenery. In 2007 & 2008, Momentum toured to Oaxaca, Mexico as part of the Oaxaca International Dance Festival. Momentum also tours throughout Florida sponsored by the Florida Touring Program. The company previously conducted six years of an International Cultural Exchange Project with the National Dance Company of the Bahamas. In 2007 Momentum was invited to perform at the National Dance Week New York Festival where the company gave performances at Cooper Union and the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as participating in master classes.

The company is a vibrant and active part of the South Florida arts scene.