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Ani Javian
(she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor
Dance
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

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!

Ani Javian is a movement artist and educator whose 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. Her choreography has been presented around New York City and at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Urban Arts Space (Columbus, Ohio), and in Bangkok, Thailand. She 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. In 2016, Javian received an 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. 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. 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). She is a member of the American College Dance Association's Board of Directors and served on OhioDance's Board of Trustees (2017-18) and Dance/NYC's Youth Advisory Committee (2008-09).