A native of Saint John, Matthew has walked the runways of Toronto Alternative Fashion, and has danced for Shawn Desman, Jesse Labelle and Barry Szeto. Matthew is currently studying under the Cadence Mentorship Program. Past mentors include Linda Garneau, Eryn Waltman, Faye Raux, Lisa Collins, Luther Brown, Leon Blackwood, Tuch and Heather Leslie. Matthew is the winner of Jr.Mr.Dancer at Dancer’s Inc., was a finalist at 5,6,7,8 Worlds, and is the recipient of scholarships to Monsters of Hip Hop, L.A.’s Be Discovered and Dance Magic. Matthew is excited to be working with Kinetic Elements and can’t wait to see you at the Fringe Festival!
What is your Favourite Movie?
Donny Darko, LOTR, Beautiful Mind.
Why did you start dancing?
I was put into dancing when I was 3 by my parents. I quickly fell in love with performing, and I loved the challenge of overcoming steps, combinations and tricks that I wasn’t able to take.
What keeps you dancing?
The art and the challenge of dance is a lifelong commitment that would hurt me much more than it would benefit me to give up on. I have come so far, doing something that I love, that I could never stop now.
What has been one great moment in life?
My first dance competition. What a rush! I’ve been chasing that high ever since.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Music. Dancers. Speakers. The world around me and the world within me.