Delma Iles has been on the Dance Faculty at MDC since 2001 and currently coordinates the dance program at Wolfson Campus. She 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 also been a faculty member at NOVA Southeastern University and the University of Miami Preparatory Program.
She is the founder and Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, which has just completed its 31st Season. There she has created over fifty original dance works as well as a separate repertory of works for children. She created the choreography for two off-off Broadway shows and shares a daytime Emmy award for children’s programming for the production The Me Nobody Knows in 1995. She 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 previously danced with the Cincinnati Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Fusion Dance Company as well as dancing in operas, musical theater and commercial productions. 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 in 2003. It has grown into a six-week event that attracts national and international artists Ms. Iles has twice been awarded Florida Artist Fellowships in Dance, as well as four Honorable Mention recognitions. She was selected by the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts for a Miami Made project in 2008. She was granted a Rotary Foundation Fellowship for international study in Paris, France, as well as numerous other grants and awards. In the summer of 2009 she studied classical Indian dance in Mumbai through a Miami Dade County Cultural Advancement grant.
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 also selected in 2008, 2009, and 2010 for Creative Capital artist development grants.