Nijawwon Matthews

Nijawwon Matthews
Nijawwon Matthews
Nijawwon Matthews

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Teacher Bio

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. Heis also the Founder/Artistic Director of his own project-based company called XY DANCE PROJECT. He is also a and resident artist, teacher, and choreographer for TOKYOTHECOMPANY under the direction of Kevin “Tokyo” Inouye and Alisha Lorraine Captain.

Starting as a gymnast, Matthews has trained in...read more

Class Descriptions

Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

Mr. Matthews strives to develop a ritual of intent which encourages exploration and the research of artistic and 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 and 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 and internal place that then transitions externally and expressively. Finally, Matthews ends with combinations that challenges the dancers to become more informed performers and free themselves from self doubt. Mr. Matthews gives students love, encouragement, and the confidence to trust themselves in the safe space he provides for each artist.

Upcoming Classes

Mon · Aug 19
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Tue · Aug 20
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Adv Beg CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Wed · Aug 21
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Sat · Aug 24
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Mon · Aug 26
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Wed · Aug 28
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Sat · Aug 31
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Mon · Sep 02
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Wed · Sep 04
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Sat · Sep 07
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Mon · Sep 09
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
Wed · Sep 11
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Int CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

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