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Nijawwon Matthews was featured as an artist and teacher in Dance Teacher Magazine (Oct. '16). He set his work Cycles on The Alvin Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Sophomore class in Nov.'17, and is also the Founder/Artistic Director of his own project based company called XY DANCE PROJECT. Nijawwon is also a teacher, choreographer, and resident artist for TOKYOTHECOMPANY under the direction of Kevin “Tokyo” Inouye and Alisha Lorraine Captain.
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Nijawwon 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 transitions externally and expressively.
Nijawwon ends with combinations that challenges the dancers to become more informed performers, and free themselves from self doubt. He gives the artists love, encouragement, and the confidence to trust themselves in the safe space.