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Nijawwon Matthews was featured as an artist and teacher in Dance Teacher Magazine. Mr. Matthews restaged his work ‘Cycles’ on The Alvin Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Sophomore class. Nijawwon is also the Founder/Artistic Director of his own project based company called XY DANCE PROJECT. Mr.Matthews is a teacher/choreographer for Broadway Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School & Creative Cultural Center based in NYC. Nijawwon is also a and resident artist, teacher & choreographer ...read more
Mr. Matthews strive to develop a ritual of intent which encourages exploration and the research of artistic & humanistic expression. This is called the Nijawwon Transitional Method— NTM is charged with an emotional, spiritual, and physical quality to convey confidence and seamless transitional movement to the artists. It encompasses the use of dynamics, textures, and spatial level changes; with serpentine fluidity. It is the use of circulation, undulation, and spiral. This allows artists to use their entire body as they continually move through space & weight exchange. As we go across the floor; dancers get the chance to have a structured improv that allows for storytelling, musicality and athletic movement that start from an intuitive & internal place that transitions externally & expressively. Finally, Nijawwon ends with combinations that challenges the dancers to become more informed performers & free themselves from self doubt. Mr. Matthews gives the artists love, encouragement, and the confidence to trust themselves in the safe space he provides for each artist.