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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. Heis also the Founder/Artistic Director of his own project-based company called XY DANCE PROJECT.
Starting as a gymnast, Matthews has trained in many dance techniques including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, African, partnering methods, and social dances. Inspired by solid training and early achie...read more
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.