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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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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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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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HOSTED BY MARY FOGARTY & JASON NG – THIS 2021-22 SPEAKER SERIES WILL BRING TOGETHER HIP HOP RESEARCHERS AND DANCE PRACTITIONERS TO EXCHANGE IDEAS, SHARE RESEARCH IN ITS DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES, AND BROADEN OUR COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE. THE TALKS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO ANYONE TO ATTEND, ASK QUESTIONS AND DEVELOP THE CONVERSATION. JOIN US ON THE …

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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 (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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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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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.

Ariyan Johnson received the grant from Pasadena Cultural Affairs and Commission for the March 2020 ArtNight concerning her interactive work – an African Diaspora theatrical presentation.

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.

Ariyan Johnson is the Artist-in-Residence grantee for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for 2015-2016, 2017-2018 and 2019-2020.

In 2015, Ariyan Johnson choreographed for M.E.N.D. Poverty’s Oscar Gala depicting their mission in a interactive theatrical performance.