Ana Isabel Keilson is a choreographer and a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia University. She makes dances with her company of women: Rebecca Arends, Elizabeth Coker, Kesa Huey, Pareena Lim, Amanda Lowe and Jin Ju Song-Begin. She also collaborates with filmmaker Julia C. Liu, cinematographer Keith Heyward, and composer Louis Schwadron (Sky White Tiger).  

Her work has been described as “a perfect, vibrant hue made of meticulous rhythm, elegant structure, and serious play”: her dances are about pristine timing, physical technicality, intelligence and democracy onstage. Formed on the playground of American modern dance in twentieth century, Ana’s work references and reinvents it for the twenty-first. 

Fellowships: DAAD (German/American Academic Exchange, 2014 + 2011); John Anson Kittredge Fund (2014); Barnard Alumnae Association Fellowship for Graduate Study (2014); Lilian Karina Foundation (2012); JD Fund for History, Columbia University (2010-11); Choreographic Fellowship, Summer Stages Dance (2010); Choreographer in Residence, The Yard (2010); visiting artist, Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC (2010); Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab American Dance Guild Scholarship (2009); visiting artist, Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland (2009); Phi Beta Kappa (2005). 


Link to Columbia University webpage.


Barnard College (visiting faculty, Spring 2012); the Putney School Summer Program (instructor, 2009); Bowdoin College (guest lecturer 2008, 2009).


Published in: Women's Review of Books (Fall 2013); Critical Correspondence (2011-2012); Danspace Project Body Madness Catalog (2011).  


Film archivist for Merce Cunningham (2008-2009). Founder of ‘the zine’ (2007-2010). Co-director, CLASSCLASSCLASS (2010). 


The Last Magazine, review of Fanny and Alexander by Jason Resnikoff

Boston Phoenix May 2008 [pdf]