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Ilana Goldman

Published November 10, 2021
Ilana Goldman
Associate Professor
School of Dance

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Ilana Goldman is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator. She served as Choreographer in Residence of Metro D.C.’s Bowen McCauley Dance (2018–2019) and has choreographed works for Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, ARC Dance Seattle, Tallahassee Ballet, Black Rock City Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Perry-Mansfield, Shenandoah University, Florida State University, and University of Washington. Her work was selected for performances at Brooklyn’s Dumbo Dance Festival and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.

She danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Trey McIntyre Project, and as a guest artist with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She performed in works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Donald McKayle, David Parsons, George Faison, Ron Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, Dwight Rhoden, Igal Perry, Helen Pickett, Francesca Harper, John Clifford, Septime Webre, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others.

Her short dance films, Convergence, Fledgling, and InterState, screened at numerous international film festivals in the United States, France, Russia, Sweden, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Mexico. Fledgling was Dance Teacher Magazine’s December 2016 Video of the Month and InterState was featured in the Berlin-based magazine WomenCinemakers. Her most recent film, Threshold, commissioned by FSU’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, utilizes 360-degree technology, and screened at festivals in Italy, Greece, and the U.S.

She presented papers on community engagement at the Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities, the World Dance Alliance Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and the National Dance Education Organization’s Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

She has taught for schools, universities, festivals, and companies across the nation.


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, The Juilliard School
  • Master of Fine Arts in Dance, University of Washington

Research & Teaching  Areas of Interests & Expertise

  • Ballet
  • Pointe and Variations
  • Teaching Methods
  • Choreography
  • Screendance
  • Contemporary Ballet

Select Scholarly & Creative Works

  • Threshold [360-degree short dance film]. Commissioned by FSU’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and screened at 5 juried international film festivals (2021)
  • At the Seams [Bowen McCauley Dance Company]. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater: Washington, D.C. (2019)
  • InterState [short dance film]. ScreenDance Festival Sweden in Stockholm and 11 international juried film festivals (2018)
  • Out of Sight [Boston Contemporary Dance Festival] Boston University Dance Theater. (2016)
  • Convergence [short dance film]. Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and 8 international juried film festivals (2014