Ani Collier & Natacha Monnalisa.
I love to dance.
I studied ballet behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria and arrived in USA a few months after the Wall came down.
I performed on stage for many years before photography and visual arts captured my interest.
Ballet remains my first love and now i try to dance with my pictures. It is so ethereal, a moment in time.
Exactly what a photograph can be....
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.
Ms Collier has danced principal roles in classical ballets such as ‘The Nutcracker’ and she has directed and choreographed numerous dance theater performances after she retired her pointe shoes.
In Gainesville her photo collages have been exhibited at the Matheson Museum, Thomas Center, Hippodrome Gallery, Hector’s Gallery and others, as well as in New York, Italy and Bulgaria.