CUNY Dance Initiative Residency: Ariyan Johnson / D.I.M.A.B.A.

2022-23 | Queensborough Community College | The CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI) is a transformative incubator that secures two vital yet scarce resources—rehearsal time and performance space—for New York City choreographers and dance companies across the five boroughs. Housed within the City University of New York (CUNY)–the nation’s largest public urban university system–CDI is a residency program […]

Seven UCI faculty members named Hellman Fellows for 2022-23

Program supports research by assistant professors July 8, 2022 UCI’s 2022-23 Hellman Fellows, from upper left, clockwise: Ariyan Johnson, Katherine Thompson-Peer, Benis Egoh, Xiaoyu Shi, Yanning Shen, Nadia Chernyak and Samar Al-Bulushi. Irvine, Calif., July 8, 2022 — Seven assistant professors at UCI will receive Hellman Fellowships, which are bestowed annually to support research by junior […]

46th Newark Black Film Festival Preview

Saturday, July 16, 4:30pm–6:30pm – Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Long Documentary | Directed by Leslie Harris. (92 min). R. A spirited Brooklyn teenager copes with the challenges of life, sustained by her fierce desire to go to college and become a doctor. Join us for this throwback screening of an underrated classic on its 30th anniversary. Screening will be followed […]

“Have I Mentioned I’m Working on a Sequel?” Leslie Harris on Her Groundbreaking 1993 Film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

In 1993, director Leslie Harris had an enormous breakthrough. Her debut feature Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., a coming of age story about a Black teenager named Chantel (Ariyan A. Johnson) who becomes unexpectedly pregnant, premiered at Sundance to overwhelming critical acclaim. The film won the festival’s special jury prize and was picked up by […]

Film: A Difficult Conversation

The link to the performance for ‘A Difficult Conversation’:   Dance Visions 2022 ONLINE Molly Lynch and Tong Wang, artistic directors Filmed Live On-Stage at Irvine Barclay Theatre Live Streaming: March 10-12, 2022 On-Demand: March 10-26, 2022 ONLINE The in-person performances for this event, originally scheduled in February, have all moved online this March. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]

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, […]

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 […]