Ilana Goldman is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, educator, and Associate Professor of Dance and Undergraduate Program Director at Florida State University. She received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for artistic and academic excellence, and her MFA in dance from the University of Washington. Ilana 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 has choreographed and taught classes for companies and schools across the country and her choreography was selected for performances at Brooklyn’s Dumbo Dance Festival and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. She served as Choreographer in Residence of Bowen McCauley Dance Company from 2018 to 2019 and was Artist-in-Residence at Glacier National Park in the summer of 2022.
She has served in the roles of director, choreographer, editor, and performer in six short dance films: Convergence, Fledgling, InterState, Threshold, Metaxu, and Discarded, which have screened and won awards at international film festivals in Mexico, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Sweden, France, Portugal, Ireland, Great Britain, Russia, and across the United States.
Ilana has presented her research on community engagement and ballet pedagogy at the annual conferences of CORPS de Ballet International, World Dance Alliance, and National Dance Education Organization. She co-authored, along with Paige Cunningham, a chapter in the upcoming anthology, Antiracist Ballet Teaching.