Ilana Goldman 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. She danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, as a guest artist with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and most recently as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project. She performed in works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth St. Denis, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, David Parsons, Ron Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, Dwight Rhoden, Michael Smuin, Septime Webre, Igal Perry, Helen Pickett, John Clifford, Nolan T’Sani, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others.
Ilana 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.
Her choreography has been performed by Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, ARC Dance, 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 directed, choreographed, edited, and danced in a short experimental dance film, Convergence, which screened at ADF’s International Screendance Festival; DesArts//DesCinés International Videodance Competition, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Outlet Dance Project Film Festival, Dance Film Day at Performance Works NW, Movies by Movers Film Festival, World Dance Alliance Digital Dance Concert, and Opening Doors Film Festival. Most recently, 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 Tampa Bay Arts and Entertainment Film Showcase, the 19th Annual California Independent Film Festival, Amarcord Arthouse Television and Video Festival, and the Dance on Film Series at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Photography by Keith Sutter