Annmaria Mazzini, Artistic Director of the Mazzini Dance Collective, has been active in the New York dance community for over 20 years. A native of Allentown, PA, she received her early training from Frances Evers before earning her BFA in Dance from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Annmaria enjoyed great success as a principal dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for twelve years, performing leading roles worldwide in more than 60 beloved Taylor classics. She also had the privilege of dancing with Taylor 2, Amy Marshall Dance Company, CorbinDances, DogEared Dancers, Kim Gibilisco Dances, and in works by Hernando Cortez, Sandra Stone, and Karla Wolfangle.
On the occasion of her farewell performances with the Taylor Company in 2011, Gia Kourlas of the New York Times hailed her as “a true, sensual dancer [whose] rare intensity has long emitted a palpable spark from the stage. She brought real emotion back to modern dance.”
Ms. Mazzini’s choreography celebrates the human spirit and fulfills her desire to express herself and connect with others. It has been presented Off-Broadway (Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown), at Dance New Amsterdam, the Dancers Responding to AIDS Remember Project at St. Mark’s Church, Changeling at the Paul Taylor Dance Company Studio Theater, the Allentown Fringe Festival, and the SpringUP Dance Festival in Bethlehem, PA. It is also featured in award winning filmmaker John Walter’s short film Pink Pony, an official selection of the 2013 Dancing for the Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. As Resident Choreographer of the American Modern Ensemble, she enjoys a collaboration with Robert Paterson, whose music inspired the dances Company and the upcoming Playing with Angels.
As a dance model, Ms. Mazzini has had the honor of working with such acclaimed photographers as Richard Calmes, Tom Caravaglia, Lois Greenfield, Sarah Shatz, Sarah Sterner, and Bill Wadman. Jordan Matter’s now famous picture of her, leaping in the rain with a red umbrella, is the cover image for his bestselling book, Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday.
Ms. Mazzini is on faculty at the Paul Taylor School and guest teaches at dance schools throughout the nation, including 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. Her essay “Why I Choreograph” was published in the April, 2014 issue of Dance Magazine.