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Barny Espina


Born in busy New York City but raised in sunny Homestead, Florida, Barny A. Espinal always had a passion for dance. She began her formal dance training during her sophomore year of high school at Homestead Senior High School, under the direction of Mrs. Michelle Grant-Murray. Mrs. Espinal was exposed to ballet, jazz, Graham and Horton modern, Afro Caribbean, Afro Brazilian, West African, and other ethnic techniques.

In 2009 Mrs. Espinal found herself contacting her high school mentor, Mrs. Michelle Grant-Murray who was now the director of dance at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. With the help of Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Espinal enrolled at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus in order to obtain an Associates in Arts (AA) degree concentrating in dance. At Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Mrs. Espinal was introduced to and had the privilege of working with such artists as Steven Cruz, Leveron Washington, Nora Chipaumare, Marcela Diaz, Carlota Pradera, John Jaspers, Ana Miranda, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Ronald K. Brown.

Mrs. Espinal obtained her Associates in Arts (AA) in Dance from Miami Dade College Kendall Campus and a Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in dance from Florida State University. At Florida State University, Mrs. Espinal obtained training from Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Gerri Houlihan, Anjali Austin, Loren Davidson, Rodger Bellman, Rick McCollough, and Ilana Goldman. Mrs. Espinal is now exploring different areas of her career by becoming Rehearsal Director for Olujimi Dance Theater and working as an artist with Shade in Rhythm Productions. Recently she starred in gospel artist DeMo Dennard’s music video for “Bible Next to Mine” and also acted as the leading female role in the upcoming movie “Devil, Enough is Enough”.