Miriam Barbosa – Contemporary Dancer, Teacher & Choreographer. She has founded Miriam Barbosa Dance formerly known as South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company since 2007 choreographing and performing worldwide. Ms. Barbosa is a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company and a faculty member at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Alvin Ailey School.  She holds an MFA in Architecture & Urbanism from the University of Fine Arts, Brazil, where she also received her Classical Ballet Training. She has taught and choreographed for the University of South Carolina Dance Program, Fashion Institute of Technology, SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, Nevada Festival Ballet, Barcelona Institut del Teatre, Lisbon Dance Co, Portugal National Conservatory of Dance, Ginasiano Ballet School, Rome Olympic Auditorium, Emproart Brazil, USC Dance Conservatory, Center for Dance Education, Barcelona Dance Center and the Corella Dance Academy. She is a Specialized Master Trainer of Gyrokinesis and Gyrotonic Method for Dancers, educating dance teachers worldwide. In SC, Miriam Barbosa staged Graham’s masterpieces Diversion of Angels, Appalachian Spring Suite, Maple Leaf Rag, and Sketches from Chronicle, which became a documentary broadcasted with ETV. She has choreographed several dances including Seven Deadly Sins, Divine Comedy, Catharsis and Blood Memories, awarded one of the best choreographies for Danza & Arte Festival, Pietrasanta, Italy. She is also known for performing in non-traditional spaces and adding dimension with aerial techniques and multi discipline collaborations such as Columbia Museum of Art, for their Contemporary Arts Exhibition and Impressionism Exhibition Gala. Ms. Barbosa has choreographed Enter the Luminous inspired by Marika Popovits’ paintings and James O’Dea’s poetry in collaboration with former Taylor artist Francisco Graciano. This work in conjunction with Resilience and Simultaneity has been performed in 2018 and 2019 at the NY Live Arts Theater as well as the Dairy arts Center in CO and at the Dap Festival in Italy, where she has been the choreographer in residence for Summer 2019.

During the pandemic (2020), after Ms. Barbosa’s battle with covid, she has choreographed Dancing with Covid, Social (Un)Distancing, and most recently in the Spring 2021 she premiered Transcending at NYLA as the first in-house concert.

Transcending & Bliss is an extended version of her original choreographic collaboration with Javier Dzul to live music and visual arts. This is a inclusive uplifting experience to the viewers and its was inspired by her healing journey.

Javier Dzul – Javier Dzul is choreographing and performing “Transcending” in partnership with Miriam Barbosa. Mr Dzul is the Artistic Director for Dzul dance and he grew up in the jungles of southern Mexico performing Mayan ritual dance until the age of 16. Formal dance training began at the Universidad de Veracruz at which time he also became a principal dancer with Ballet Nacional de Mexico and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. Javier then received a scholarship to study at Ballet Nacional de Cuba where he remained until 1989. In 1989 Javier was awarded another scholarship by Martha Graham to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Since his arrival in New York Javier has worked with numerous dance companies. He performed primarily with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, Battery Dance Company, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, American Indian Dance Theater. He has performed as a guest artist with Acroback and Red Sky Productions (Canada). In 1995 Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) of Mexico awarded Javier a scholarship to pursue his dance career in the United States. Javier began choreographing and performing his own work in 1999. He established Dzul Dance in 2003.

In 2009 Javier became the founder and director of Compania de Danza Contemporanea y Aerea del Gobierno del Estado de Campeche; a dance and aerial company funded by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) of Mexico and the Government of Campeche. That same year the government of Campeche (Yucatan) awarded Javier el Premio de San Fransisco, an outstanding lifetime achievement award, for raising international awareness about Mayan culture. Javier and his company have been featured by National Public Radio, Univision’s Despierta America, American Latino, Bloomberg TV, NY1 & CUNY TV. They can also be seen in photographer Acey Harper’s Private Acts: the acrobat sublime, published by Rizzoli in September 2010.
He has also produced the Dzul International Dance Festival in 2019, bringing together great artists on the stage of Campeche, Mexico.