Ani Collier is a dancer, choreographer, director and visual artist. She was born in Bulgaria and trained at The State Ballet School in Sofia behind the Iron Curtain before moving to USA after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990.

Ani’s dance career included principal roles in ballets such as ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Apolo’, ‘Bolero’, ‘Mata Hari’, ‘Medea’, ‘Rite of Spring’, ‘Who Cares’ and others.


‘In the Annex’, ‘Margarita’, ‘Of Air and the Water’,  ‘Sex: Female’, ‘Swan Song’ and ‘Shadows’ are among the dance theater performances she has choreographed and directed.

Ani has toured in Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica and the USA, and has produced dance performances with the Bulgarian National Ballet. She has worked to facilitate the introduction of Balanchine and other American choreographers to Bulgarian audiences and has supported international workshops both in USA and Bulgaria.


Ani’s newest dance theater work is a collaboration with theater director Elena Panayotova and it is based on the Oscar Wilde’s fable ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’. It is a 50 minute solo movement poem that can be adapted to different venues.



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