Ilana Goldman

Choreographer - Dancer - Educator - Filmmaker

Ilana Goldman is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator. She serves as Choreographer in Residence of Bowen McCauley Dance Company 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, 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 Selya, Ron de Jesus, John Clifford, Nolan T’Sani, Septime Webre, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others.

Ilana directed, choreographed, edited, and danced in a short experimental dance film, Convergence, which screened at ADF’s International Screendance Festival (NC); DesArts/DesCinés International Videodance Competition (France), Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (CO), Outlet Dance Project Film Festival (NJ), Dance Film Day at Performance Works NW (OR), Movies by Movers Film Festival (NC), World Dance Alliance Digital Dance Concert (HI), and Opening Doors Film Festival (WA). 

She was co-director, co-choreographer, and co-editor, with Gabriel Williams, of Fledgling, a short dance film shot on location at Perry-Mansfield. Fledgling screened at the 19th Annual California Independent Film Festival, Tampa Bay Arts and Entertainment Film Showcase, Amarcord Chicago Arthouse Television and Video Festival, and Dance on Film Series at the Bud Werner Memorial Library (CO). Fledgling was Dance Teacher Magazine’s December 2016 Video of the Month. 

Her third short dance film, InterState, co-directed with Gabriel Williams, screened at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival (Russia, Jury Award), ScreenDance Festival Sweden, Braga International Video Dance Festival (Portugal), Light Moves Festival of Screendance (Ireland), Thessaloniki Cinedance International Festival (Greece); Mexico City Videodance Festival; Los Angeles Dance Shorts, Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, Front and Main Film Festival (CA, Audience Award), Benicia Film Festival (CA), Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (CO); and EnCore Dance on Film (Atlanta). It was a finalist in Toronto's Alternative Film Festival and was featured in the Berlin-based magazine WomenCinemakers.

Ilana has 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.

Ilana is an Associate Professor of Dance at Florida State University and has taught at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Berkeley City Ballet, the School of the Sacramento Ballet, the University of Washington, the American College Dance Association Conference, and Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive, in addition to company classes and master classes across the country with Trey McIntyre Project.

Ilana received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for artistic and academic excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington. 


Photography by Keith Sutter