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Nijawwon Matthews was recently featured as a dance soloist in Transformation: Personal Stories of Change, Acceptance, an Evolution created by actress Glenn Close and musician Ted Nash for Live from Jazz and Licoln Center. He received The Director's Choice recognition and was selected to choreograph new works for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. As a master teacher Mr. Matthews was showcased in Dance Teacher magazine. He was also invited to restage his...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.