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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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Actress | Director | Writer | Producer | Dancer | Choreographer

Ariyan Johnson