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Inspiring Stories from Coral Gables

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Boca Raton rising stars below.

Ruth Esther

I am the studio owner of Forever Aerial in Coral Gables. At the studio we offer aerial classes open to all levels: Pole, silks, lyra, deep stretch, and more. What started my interest in pole is watching a Hindi film that featured aerial dancing in it that made me fall in love with Lyra & silks. It motivated me to get out there and take classes. I decided to take pole classes to improve my strength. I then fell in love with pole. Originally Pole Dance Miami offered these classes until they closed down. I was then inspired to make it my goal to open a studio of my own. Thanks to the help of my supporters, I was able to succeed and accomplish this goal. At the beginning of 2020, Forever Aerial became open to the public! Read more>>

Victoria Collado

Well, it all started in a small house living with my Cuban parents, grandparents, Aunt, younger brother named Victor (I named him), and two dogs in Miami. I have recently come to the conclusion that from the door inside, I lived in Luyáno and from the door outside, I lived in Miami, I went to small private schools that were run by professors and educators that used to have schools in Cuba but were exiled like many others. These schools were Jose Marti School (Nursery – 8th grade) and Brito Miami Private School (High School) and I firmly believe that these institutions are a major part of my journey. They were the place I gained my deep love for Cuba and also where I learned to put shows together. Read more>>

Jennifer Del Toro

Immer was created based of the love of fashion of mine and my business partner. We have been in the fashion industry for ten plus years. At this point we knew we had to take the knowledge we have learned and our expertise for buying merchandise to create our very own online shop. This has been a dream for both my business partner and I to share with our community something that was always a dream now become reality. To see our community dressed in our Immer pieces have exceeded our greatest dreams. Read more>>

Dalit Szkolnik

I’m originally from Caracas, Venezuela. When President Chavez came into power back in 1998, my parents advised me to study abroad to prevent any potential political issues get in the way of me finishing my college degree. My parents, both born in Cuba, had to leave their homes when Fidel Castro came into power and moved to Venezuela. I believe this is why they were able to look at the signs very early on that it would be a good idea for me to start and finish my career in the US. So I did. I moved to Miami, Florida and completed a double major in Nutrition & Dietetics and Psychology at Florida International University. I got married and moved to New York with my husband for three years. Read more>>

Ronide Monvil

Cheveux Lakay mean “hair from the motherland. I started this journey when I was 11 years old doing hair. Me and my sisters grew up doing each other’s hair and from there I fell in love with doing hair. Me and my sisters got really popular in our hometown, homestead and from there we built our name. I went to school for cosmetology and I knew I wanted to be more then just doing hair. After I had my 3rd baby is 2018 me and my husband became homeless and I had to figure how to make money quick. I remember praying and asking God for something I would enjoy doing and after praying he gave me a formula on how to make hair oil. Read more>>

Simon Sliva

Why did I start Elev8 Pilates Studios? Very Simple!! We Love What We Do!!! We strongly believe in giving each and every one of our clients a unique and special experience the second they enter our doors. We love it when we see our clients getting stronger and when they conquer that move, they been trying so hard to get. Seeing a client who has had back pain for years and then trains with us and is able to compete in athletic competitions pain free is unbelievably rewarding. We are lucky to have amazing clients who make us smile and challenge us to push not only them but ourselves! What is something customers may not know about me and my staff? What sets us apart is that both myself and my lead instructor are professional dancers. Read more>>

Adaora Nwangwu

I’m a Nigerian-born, US-based multidisciplinary Visual Artist & Digital Creator. I’m best known for my figurative illustrations. I use illustration to explore various concepts ranging from my rich cultural heritage to identity, femininity, introspection, pop culture, self-expression, and so much more. I’ve been into the visual arts as far back as six years old. My mother’s side of the family is very creative and innovative, so she always encouraged me to develop those talents by supplying whatever materials I needed. I started off with making beaded jewelry and copying drawings from my Barbie coloring books. I soon ventured into pencil artwork and paints. Read more>>

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