Ariyan Johnson is a dance graduate of La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She holds a B.A. in Speech Pathology and an M.A. in Applied Theatre. A multi-disciplinary artist and pioneer of Hip Hop dance having worked with LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, and others with Best Actress Nominations for Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., where she represented Hip Hop female dance duos, as well as an award winning film-maker with her film Triggered. She’s a three-time Artist-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs doing intergenerational storytelling work, a community partner with Los Angeles Unified School District, and served 10 years as Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Faithful Dance Company. She’s taught Hip Hop to genocide survivors at the University of Rwanda, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and presently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of California, Irvine.