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Ani Javian

Ani Javian is a movement artist and educator. As a teacher, she has held positions at Ohio University, Denison University, and The Ohio State University. She has also taught master classes around the country at numerous universities and studios including Santa Barbara Dance Theater (Santa Barbara, California), AS220 (Providence, Rhode Island), OhioDance Festival (Columbus, Ohio), and Dance Factory (Bangkok, Thailand).

Javian’s choreography has been presented at various New York City venues such as JoyceSoho, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Triskelion Arts. She has also presented work at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Urban Arts Space (Columbus, Ohio), The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work has received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Greater Columbus Arts Council as a 2015 Individual Artist Fellow, and The Ohio State University. Javian received a 2016 Individual Excellence Award in Choreography from The Ohio Arts Council.

She has danced with Molly Lieber, Betsy Miller, Gladys Bailin, and Natalie Desch, among others. In NYC, she was a member of Naomi Goldberg Haas' Dances for a Variable Population, with whom she led community-based, multi-generational dance and wellness classes. She currently works with Philadelphia-based artist Paige Phillips.

Javian’s research is rooted in her ideas about humans as story-tellers, story-holders, and story-makers. Through choreography, interdisciplinary collaboration, and improvisation, her work excavates and unearths our unique histories. She has presented her research on the pedagogy of improvisation at the National Dance Education Organization annual conferences, most recently sharing “The Personal is Political: The Pedagogy of Improvisational Composition as Action” and “Reconsidering Hierarchical Structures: Promoting Agency in Pedagogical and Artistic Practices.”

She was a member of OhioDance’s Board of Trustees (2017-18) and Dance/NYC's Youth Advisory Committee (2008-09). Javian holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University where she was awarded a University Fellowship and a BA in Dance and English from Connecticut College.