Faculty & Staff

Ani Javian
Assistant Professor

Dance honors difference and celebrates our unique histories. By stepping out of our comfort zones and experiencing new things we are able to deepen our understanding of ourselves and of the world in which we live!

Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA in Dance, The Ohio State University
BA in Dance and English, Connecticut College
Independent Choreographer and Performer
Recipient of 2016 Individual Excellence Award in Choreography, Ohio Arts Council
Member of Board of Directors, American College Dance Association

Ani Javian is a movement artist and educator whose research is rooted in her ideas about humans as storytellers, story-holders, and story-makers. Through choreography, improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration, her work considers ways that dance invokes and evokes story through abstraction. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Columbus, Paris, Yerevan, and Bangkok. She has received funding from a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Mid-Atlantic Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Dance New Jersey, and in 2016, Javian received an Individual Excellence Award in Choreography from The Ohio Arts Council. As a performer, Javian has worked with Joanna Kotze, Molly Lieber, Paige Phillips, Gladys Bailin, Betsy Miller, and Naomi Goldberg Haas’ Dances for a Variable Population. As a teacher, she has held positions at Ohio University, Denison University, and The Ohio State University and has taught master classes around the country at numerous universities and studios. She is a member of the board of directors for both the American College Dance Association and Lieber and Smith, Inc.