Miriam Mahdaviani-Goldstone

Lecturer and Chair of Dance
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Miriam Mahdaviani is a Lecturer and Chair of Dance at Vassar College. She danced for the New York City Ballet, after studying at the School of American Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. While at NYCB, she launched her choreographic career, creating several ballets for that company as well as for companies and colleges around the country.

At Vassar, Ms. Mahdaviani teaches ballet technique classes, coaches students in  classical ballet repertoire, and choreographs for the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre. Her cross-disciplinary work includes designing a multi-year Cognitive Science dance lab, work with Vassar’s Engaged Pluralism Initiative, and Dancing to Connect, which builds relationships with Poughkeepsie High School students through dance.

BA, SUNY at Purchase College
At Vassar since 2004


Kenyon Hall
Box 141

Departments and Programs


DANC 160 Introduction to Ballet
DANC 164 Upper Level Beginner Ballet
DANC 165 Upper Level Beginner Ballet II
DANC 264 Intermediate Ballet I
DANC 265 Intermediate Ballet II
DANC 266 Intermediate Ballet III
DANC 267 Intermediate Ballet IV
DANC 364 Repertory Dance Theatre I
DANC 365 Repertory Dance Theatre II
DANC 366 Repertory Dance Theatre III
DANC 367 Repertory Dance Theatre IV

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

President's Award for Achievement in Arts Management, Purchase College, State University of New York

Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, Choo-San Goh and H. Robert Magee Foundation

DCAC Choreography Fellowship, Duchess County Arts Council

Mae L. Wein Award for Choreography, The School of American Ballet

Martin E. Segal Award for Choreography, Lincoln Center

In the Media

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Vassar students enrolled in an intensive class with Lecturer and Chair of Dance Miriam Mahdaviani collaborated with a professional instructor from Battery Dance, a New York City dance company, to create a pair of performances with students from Poughkeepsie High School.


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