Ariyan Johnson is a true artist. The native New Yorker has performed throughout the states and world with dance companies and artists such as the late Eleo Pomare, Forces of Nature, 2 in a Room, SWV, Keith Sweat, Crystal Waters, Salt-N-Pepa, L.L Cool J, Mariah Carey, and Mary J. Blige. Upon receiving honorable mention for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ariyan founded-DIMABA (Degrees In Movement Arranged By Ariyan). Choreography credits include: Ya Kid K’s Technotronic, Chaka Khan, the NAACP nominated play Shakin’, and the B.E.T. show Sunday Best to name a few.
Ms. Johnson earned a Best Actress nomination from the Spirit Awards for starring in the Sundance Special Jury Prize film - Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. Some other credits include: Law and Order; JAG; One Life To Live; Warren Beatty's Bulworth; The General’s Daughter with John Travolta; and being series regulars on the WB network The Steve Harvey Show and MTV’s You Wrote It, You Watch It. Johnson’s voice over work include cartoons, radio and television campaigns.
As an Arts Educator Ariyan has taken up residence at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Young Artist Institute, Kigali Institute of Education in Rwanda, Africa, and Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas, to list a few.
Johnson’s a merit dance scholarship recipient from: Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Martha Graham Contemporary Dance School, 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center and Chautauqua Dance Conservatory School. A graduate of La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts majoring in dance, Ariyan has a B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an M.A. in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York School of Professional Studies. She was awarded the 2015-2016 Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artists-In-Residence Grant. Currently, Johnson’s television show is in development.
Master of Arts, Applied Theatre, City University of New York School of Professional Studies
Bachelor of Arts, Speech Pathology and Audiology, City University of New York School of Professional Studies