In-depth teaching and mentoring that leaves a lasting impact.

“I was so impressed by the young dancers…. The training you had given them was so professional and they had such a compelling understanding of the choreography. A performance like that can only be achieved with good training” Morag Deyes OBE

“Glad that I met you and have a great teacher like you…such an honour to be your student” Mardi – Private one to one sessions

“It is clear to me and everyone that she nurtures that Ani Tchakmakdjian is passionate about her artwork. Her infectious enthusiasm imbues all of her teaching and mentoring. Passion is equally matched by her professionalism, research, preparation and ingenuity. I was always delighted by the progress of dancers under the tutelage of Ani.” Peter Royston – Director – The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, The Space 1991 – 2011

“Ani’s teaching style and dance classes are amazing…” Angelica Pothou – Vice President – Aberdeen University Dance Society


Ani has been commissioned by a diverse range of organisations. Creative work has been seen from Opera to Glastonbury Festival, hillsides to shopping centres, small groups to large scale, youths to adults, cross generational projects, Integrated groups and Theatre Companies.

A broad range of commissions, has afforded Ani the pleasure of Directing, devising and collaborating with accomplished Artists of all disciplines, delivering stories of worlds colliding, mass consumerism, the gritty life of a city to fairy tales.

There is a selection here.

Most recently, Princess Pea in Research & Development in 2023 for Sarah Crosgrove with Shona Reppe was seen as ‘Verity’ on 5 February as part of Snapshots in Edinburgh.

“Ani is a joy to work with. She has an innate understanding of what is required, great vision and interpretation executed with patience, adaptability and creativity.” Joanne Randal, Actress and Director of Minds Wide Open

Find Tango classes, Private sessions and Workshops with visiting Tanguero’s plus performances and Tango news here.

Ani has worked with a number of accomplished Tango Dancers, including world class Damian Thompson and Berlin based Kara Wenham, building a breadth of knowledge on this intoxicating, improvised, technical and highly social dance form. She shares her discoveries through teaching and performing at special events with visiting Tangueros regularly, in both Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

“Like the classes, like the dancing, like everything!” Ganna Samoylenko

“brilliant” Alan J Potter

“I loved your class yesterday…..shame I didn’t get to your class before now” Tania

“subtlety and elegance with a sense of fun! Always entertaining to watch. Her enthusiasm is contagious!” Stewart Wells

Elbow Room Dance Company was established by Ani in 1999 with it’s debut Metchen, as a vehicle to express her creative voice through Dance Theatre. It quickly became recognised in Scotland, as a unique creative force in making surprising, innovative, accessible cross media work with accomplished panache and for exceptionally high production values. It toured Metchen in 2000. The company gained Charitable Status in 2002 and was extensively supported by finding bodies and sponsors.

“so refreshing that it comes across as a wholly new language… deliciously poetic, beautiful… continually inventive. ….witty, experimental … hard to find and so are artists as self-effacing, inspiring and confident as Ani.” James CJ Allen, contributor to the Scotsman

“I saw the most wonderful dance production…..our lives are enriched by finding such creative, stimulating work. Thank you.“ an audience member