Barbara Delgado Acosta

president & founder 


Barbara Delgado Acosta is the Executive Director of Miami Dance Project, Inc. and owner of New Image Dance Company. She began her training with her mother Maruxa Fajarado, a well-known performer in Cuba and Mexico. At the age of seven, Barbara began dancing professionally with an Afro-Cuban Production of Ocub Obayeye. Through this production she has acclaimed many awards from the A.C.C.A., an organization formed for Distinguished Hispanic Artists. Barbara then continued her training in dance programs via Miami Dade County Magnet Schools such as New World School of the Arts.

During this time, she also trained and performed with Florida Dance Theatre, La Danza School of Performing Arts, and the Rita Montaner Dance Company. Barbara was also a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York, Thereafter, she pursued higher education at the University of Florida where she achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Barbara expanded her dance knowledge by working with choreographers and teachers from major dance companies such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and New York City Ballet. Barbara’s strong background in concert work and commercial dance has enabled her to work successfully in both worlds. She has choreographed for the television station Univision, as well as worked with artists such as Gloria Estefan, Chayanne, Jerry Rivera, Derrick Demitri, and Video Producer Billie Wooddrolf. She has worked closely with Miami Dade Public Schools at Riviera Middle School and Academy of Arts and Mind Magnet School. In addition, she has been recognized in the front cover of the Miami Herald Newspaper for helping the community by offering self-funding scholarships for underprivileged children.

When Barbara became the owner and operator of New Image Dance Company (formally known as Joe Michaels Dance Studio), she continued her passion to help low-income dancers obtain the training needed to succeed in a career in dance. Many of her former students have found jobs working as professionals with dance companies such as Martha Graham Dance Company, The David Parson Dance Company, and Alvin Ailey in New York. Her unique blend of styles has been apparent in dance competitions through which she has won Gold and Platinum awards. For the past fourteen years, Barbara has been directing New Image Dance Company. In 2005, Barbara created Miami Dance Project a 501 (C)(3) a not for profit company in hopes to secure corporate and county funding that will allow her to continue help young talented but financially disadvantaged dancers. Her creative soul continues to develop with Barbara flying to California and becoming certified in Autism Movement Therapy in 2010. Leading the East Coast by being the first Autism Movement therapist in Miami Dade County and being the first competition studio implement a special needs program in the studio. In such a short time, the program has caught the attention of many local and national news reports. As a result, we are seeing more AMT programs in Miami.