Meet the 2022 MDM Artists


Melannie Carranza-Iglesias // South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center

Melannie Carranza-Iglesias  graduated in 2021 from The University of Florida (UF) with a BFA in Dance, and received an AA from Miami Dade College in 2018.  She has trained with Michelle Grant- Murray, Trent D. Williams, Dante Puleio, Susie Garcia, Jose Luis, Sheron Price, Charles Anderson, Augusto Soledad, Isa Garcia, Elizabeth Johnson, Melissa Montilla, Akeitha Carey, and others. Melannie is currently dancing in Klave, Karibe’s Pre-Professional salsa team and Prada, Show Stoppers Dance Co. 2022. From 2017-2018, Melannie danced in Jubilation Dance Ensemble at MDC and in MOD Dance CO. at UF from 2019-2020. She also had the opportunity be be Stage Manager of Anne Frank, Little Women and Charlie in The Chocolate Factory for Area Stage company under direction of John & Maria Rodaz.


Destiny Diaz // Miami Light Project

Destiny Diaz is a Dominican-American Dance Artist originally from the Bronx, New York. She relocated to South Florida at the age of 12 where she discovered Hip Hop, Belly Dance, and eventually attended the Academy of Arts & Minds in Miami to further her dance training. In 2022, Destiny graduated with a BFA in Dance from World School of the Arts College where she performed works by Robert Battle, Ohad Naharrin, and Mark Morris. Diaz was a Rehearsal Assistant for professional choreographers including Adele Myers and Sandra Portal and has performed with Herman Payne, Jennifer Archibald, and Peter London. She is currently a freelance Dance Artist in Miami and a member of the Gloria Eve Dance Company in New York City.


Stephanie Franco // Live Arts Miami

Stephanie Franco is a Miami based choreographer, educator, and movement artist. She trained with Michelle Kickasola, John Culberston, Cookie Ramos, Michelle-Grant Murray, Erica Sobol, Tilman O'Donnell, and  Medhi Walerski. From 2017-2020, Stephanie lived in Los Angeles, deepening her craft through Erica Sobol's "Lobos Art Collective"(The Gypsy Project LA), and worked with and assisted world-renowned choreographer, Mia Michaels. Since returning to Miami in 2021, Stephanie has been fortunate to be part of the Miami Movement Collective, Dale Andre’s 2022 National Water Dance Project, Pioneer Winter's 2022 Grass Stains initiative, while also furthering her research with mentor Michelle-Grant Murray. She is currently a Contemporary Dance Technique Instructor at Dance Attack.  As a movement artist, Stephanie is deeply rooted in cultural recognition through her artistry which is influenced by her Cuban heritage. As a creator and educator, she is a compassionate catalyst for diving into spiritual connections through raw embodiment.


Arielle Francois // YoungArts

Arielle Francois is a choreographer, dancer, and model with a wide and varied background in film and performance. Some of her favorite collaborations include: Carlotta Guerreo X Desiguals Love Different and award winning film Every Step is a Prayer by Miccosukee Tribe and NOWNESS. As a first-generation Haitian and Florida native, Arielle’s mission as an artist is to cultivate a culture that reinforces black bodies in art. Arielle has her BFA in Dance Performance from the New World School of the Arts and is a proud member of the 2022 Miami DanceMakers cohort.  


Jenni Ima // Armour Dance Theater

Jenni Ima is a first generation Cuban-American artist currently residing in Miami, FL. She is a dancer, choreographer, and a filmmaker. Jenni earned a BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts/UF where she performed new works by Darshan Singh Bhuller and a Bollywood dance by Geeta Dias. She has performed works showcased at the Pérez Art Museum including Luina by Enrique Villacreses and as part of the 2021 Miami DanceMakers in Natalia Marie Rocamonde work Kaleidoscopic Reverie. Ima’s commercial experience includes live performances on Latin award shows and television with  J.Balvin, Leslie Grace, and Olga Tañon under the direction of Susie Garcia. Jenni also creates dance films including La Balsa and You Can't Force the Art out of an Artist in collaboration with Ariel Silva.


Chachi Perez // Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Rooted in Miami, FL, Chachi Perez is a queer Cuban American artist who was born into a family where dancing in kitchens became a nightly after dinner event. Chachi attended Miami Dade College under the direction of Michelle Grant Murray. They then moved to Philadelphia, PA and attended The University of The Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield where she received her B.F.A in Dance. She has had the opportunity to perform and collaborate in works by Bobbi Jean Smith, Marguerite Hemmings, Katie Swords-Thurman, Curt Haworth, and Emily Wexler along with artist such as Valeria Gonzalez of VALLETO,  Pioneer Winter Collective for Miami Art Week and the South Florida Jazz Festival, and most recently Humble Materials for the production of MEDEA

To see last year's MDM Artists visit our 2021 Miami DanceMakers page.

Miami DanceMakers is a community engagement initiative brought to you by Adele Myers and Dancers, Inc. in collaboration with the following local partners.

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