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DANCING GODDESSES: African American Women Hip Hop Dancers – Cultural Contributors

By Ariyan Johnson “When rap aesthetics and hip hop style are embraced, the acquiescence implicit in the ascribed ‘place’ of the female is often contested by the signifier of rebellious youth.”  Halifu Osumare Why do discussions of Hip Hop dance and its major contributors seldom acknowledge the role of African American women? As with many …

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Conference – Aesthetics of Anti-Racist Dance Pedagogy

Aesthetics of Anti-Racist Dance Pedagogy – October 8, 2021 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET (8:00 AM-9:00 AM PT) Experiential Workshop LEARN MORE Ariyan Johnson Assistant Professor University of California, Irvine Sarah Leddy Lecturer Pasadena City College Session Themes: Pedagogy, Somatics; The intended audience for this session is Higher Education and K-12 (public or private). Colleagues Sarah Leddy and …

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Conference – Using Hip Hop: The Dance Educators’ Ethical Questions for Navigating Social Justice Spaces and Being

Using Hip Hop: The Dance Educators’ Ethical Questions for Navigating Social Justice Spaces and Being – October 9, 2021 1:15 PM-1:45 PM ET (10:15 AM-10:45 AM PT) Paper Presentation LEARN MORE Ariyan Johnson Assistant Professor University of California, Irvine ***This session will not be recorded at the request of the presenter(s). Session Themes: Pedagogy, Standards & …

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Ariyan Johnson (right) on set on "Spiritual Cyphers: Hip Hop and the Church." Director of Photography Leslie Saltus Evans, sets up an outside shot with Victor Lewis, a dancer for Philadanco.

Ariyan Johnson Brings Innovation and Passion to UCI Dance

Ariyan Johnson (right) on set on “Spiritual Cyphers: Hip Hop and the Church.” Director of Photography Leslie Saltus Evans, sets up an outside shot with Victor Lewis, a dancer for Philadanco. By Jezebel Ramirez-Robles and Lauren Knight Professor Ariyan Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist with a rich background in dancing, choreographing, acting, producing, and directing, …

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21C Supports Faculty and Graduate Student Creative Research in the Arts

Image: Ariyan Johnson’s Grand Prize Winner project, “Spiritual Cyphers: A Hip Hop Movement. / Spiritual Cyphers: Hip Hop and the Church (series 1)”.   Since its founding in 2017, the Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21C) has sought to cultivate experimental and arts-based research to innovate and challenge creativity for this century and beyond. With …

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Introducing Assistant Professor Ariyan Johnson

Ariyan becomes newest Faculty member at University of California, Irvine. She follows in the footsteps of Artists who also “Professor” like Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Esperanza Spalding, Tyra Banks and James Franco.

Film Forum honoring Black Women recognizes Ariyan Johnson

In January 2020, the Film Forum honoring Black Women: TrailBlazing African American Actresses and Images in Films and Ariyan Johnson was among great actresses like Pam Grier to be recognized for her work in the film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.