Annmaria Mazzini, Artistic Director of the Mazzini Dance Collective and Resident Choreographer of the American Modern Ensemble, has been active in the New York dance community for over twenty years. A native of Allentown, PA, she received her early training from Frances Evers and in her first professional job as a chorus dancer in productions at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater under the direction of Charles Richter. She then went on to earn a BFA in Dance at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
In New York City, Annmaria enjoyed great success as a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1999-2011, performing leading roles throughout the world in more than 60 beloved Taylor classics. She also had the privilege of dancing with Taylor 2 from 1995-1999, and appearing as a guest artist with CorbinDances, Amy Marshall Dance Company, Kim Gibilisco Dances, DogEared Dancers, and in works by Karla Wolfangle, Sandra Stone, and Hernando Cortez.
Annmaria’s choreography has been presented off Broadway (Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown), at various New York venues including Dance New Amsterdam, the Dancers Responding to AIDS Remember Project at St. Mark’s Church, and in the self presented concert Changeling at the Paul Taylor Studios, and is featured in award winning filmmaker John Walter’s short The Pink Pony, in which she appears as both actress and dancer.
Annmaria has also had the honor of working with such acclaimed photographers as Richard Calmes, Tom Caravaglia, Lois Greenfield, Sarah Shatz, and Bill Wadman, and is seen worldwide leaping with her red umbrella on the cover of Jordan Matter’s bestseller Dancers Among Us. For the last two years she has been enjoying a special collaboration with Sarah Sterner, who began photographing her in the transformational year before she underwent total hip replacement surgery.
Annmaria is on faculty at the Taylor School, recently restaged Esplanade for the Paris Conservatoire, and guest teaches at dance schools throughout the nation, including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Academy East, and the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, where she was commissioned to create her ballet Liberty Park after Dark.
An accomplished jewelry designer, her line AMulets can be seen at www.Annmaria.com. She resides in New York City with her husband, Rob Sedgwick, an actor, teacher, and author of Bob Goes to Jail.
For more information on Annmaria, her creations in dance and jewelry, and her family, please visit her blog Dancing AMulets at www.AMuletsNYC.tumblr.com.