To provide artistic excellence performances to diverse audiences and to educate and nurture young dancers by creating programs that offer professional contemporary dance training and arts appreciation.
MBD presents performances of the highest artistic excellence two to three times per year providing a structured environment in which professional dancers will project creative expression, dance technique, musicality and artistry to diverse audiences enriching their knowledge of dance as an art form. In addition, young dancers will have the opportunity to participate in performances that empower their dance education. This experiential, educational outreach integrates the mission of the company by providing educational programs and community performances to a wide audience. After completing their dance education, talented advanced students will be invited to join the company as a profession.
Miriam Barbosa Dance (formerly South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company) was originally founded by Artistic Director Miriam Barbosa in 2007 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization under the guidance of then President Marvin Chernoff. Miriam closed the company in 2014 and now operates as an independent artist choreographing her work on dancers around the world.
Since 2007, the she has performed at the Charlotte Dance Festival, the Brazilian Festival in North Carolina, the South Carolina Contemporary Dance Festival and Aerial Dance Festival, and Lisbon/Portugal. MBD has performed in Columbia, SC at the Koger Center for the Arts and the Township Auditorium. Ms. Barbosa is known for performing in non-traditional spaces in collaboration with other arts such as 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia Music Festival Association (CMFA) and the Columbia Museum of Art, where she initially choreographed The Chemistry of Contemporary Dance and most recently she has performed for the Museum’s Impressionism Exhibition Gala.
In 2017 Ms. Barbosa's work Blood Memories was awarded one of the best choreographies at the DAP Festival (Pietrasanta, Italy), and she premiered Resilience with the University of South Carolina which is going to be staged in NY, Italy and Spain in 2018. She has created a new work "Enter the Luminous" in collaboration with painter Marika Popovits, Poet James O'Dea, composer John Stone and dancer Francisco Graciano. This work premiered at NYLA in 2018, it has been re-staged in New York, Colorado, Italy, and Mexico in 2019 and 2020. She is currently working on staging “Rhapsody in Blue” for DAP Festival in Italy.