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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 Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park (2022). She has choreographed works for Sacramento Ballet first and second companies, New York Theatre Ballet, ARC Dance Seattle, Tallahassee Ballet, Black Rock City Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Perry-Mansfield, Shenandoah University, Missouri State University, Florida State University, and University of Washington, among others. Her work was selected for performances at Brooklyn’s Dumbo Dance Festival and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival.

She performed 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, Robert Garland, Ron Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, Dwight Rhoden, Igal Perry, Helen Pickett, Julia, Gleich, Francesca Harper, John Clifford, Septime Webre, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others.

Her award-winning short dance films, “Convergence,” “Fledgling,” “InterState,” “Threshold,” “Discarded,” and “Metaxu,” screened at numerous international film festivals in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, India, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, France, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Great Britain, Ireland, and Slovakia.

She has presented papers on community engagement and ballet pedagogy at national and international conferences of the World Dance Alliance, National Dance Education Organization, and CORPS de Ballet International.

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

  • “Discarded” [short dance film]. Screened at 15 juried international film festivals (2022)
  • “Threshold” [360-degree short dance film]. Commissioned by FSU’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and screened at 14 juried international film festivals (2021)
  • “At the Seams” [choreography]. Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater: Washington, D.C. (2019)
  • “InterState” [short dance film]. Screened at 12 juried international film festivals (2018)
  • “Out of Sight” [choreography] Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Boston University Dance Theater. (2016)

Additional Scholarly/Creative Works & Awards

  • 2023 Audience Choice – Best Art Short Film, Tallahassee Film Festival for “Discarded”
  • 2023 Best Dance Short, Portugal Indie Film Fest for “Discarded”
  • 2023 Best Dance Video, Festival de Cine-Arte en la Frontera (Venezuela) for “Discarded”
  • 2022 Best Florida Project Award, FilmGate Miami Interactive Festival for “Threshold”
  • 2022 Best New Media, University Film and Video Association for “Threshold”
  • 2022 Virtual Reality Award Winner, Chelsea Film Festival (NYC) for “Threshold”
  • 2019 College of Fine Arts Teaching Award, Florida State University
  • 2016 Transformation Through Teaching Award, FSU Spiritual Life Project
  • 2016 University Undergraduate Teaching Award, Florida State University