Mission & History

The mission of Dance NOW! Miami is to promote the artistic vision of co-founders Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini. The company creates, promotes and produces contemporary dance of the highest caliber and through performance, arts education, community leadership and innovative programming, nurtures new talents, fosters artistic collaborations and makes the art of dance accessible to diverse audiences locally, nationally and internationally.




Dance NOW! Miami, the leading contemporary dance company in Florida, was founded in 2000 by Artistic Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini. The company presents original work on the crest of the contemporary dance movement by the Artistic Directors, created individually and collaboratively, and honors the rich legacy of Dance, presenting master works of ballet and modern dance from the 20th and 21st Century from Doris Humphrey and José Limón to the Joffrey Ballet. Dance NOW! has collaborated with over 100 artists and organizations. They have pioneered cultural initiatives such as the Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler which honors Miami’s established companies; Miami Open Stage, which mentors emerging choreographers; as well as designed avant-garde performances, site-specific events in museums and galleries, the Ekphrasis Project. The company has been presented in 15 states and on three continents, and has reached over 22,000 children in South Florida alone through its in-school residencies, the World Dance Summer Intensive, and performances from its residency home at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.


Dance NOW! has been described as:

“…unabashed beauty…” (Annie Hollingsworth, Artburst), “carnal and courageous… with an impressive range of movement and motion”, (Mia Leonin, Miami Art Guide), “…not only elegant and fierce, but dedicated to its community… a mature, exciting and bounds breaking company.” (Miguel Estefan, Miami Art Guide) with “...enough original vision here to make Dance Now! worth watching more than ever....” (Jordan Levin, Miami Herald).


Dance NOW! Miami – Inspiring Educating and

Entertaining through the Art Form of Dance!