This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Matthew Cuff. With 7 years of experience in Hip Hop and Contemporary, Matthew Cuff has performed in numerous shows across the GTA, including Montreal’s World Hip Hop Competition. As a dancer, instructor, and choreographer Matthew Cuff takes a lot of pride and is very optimistic with dance. Starting his career with rigorous training from Ballet Creole, George Brown, and School of Toronto Dance Theatre Matthew Cuff has excelled as a dancer and a budding choreographer and has become a force not to be reckoned with. Matthew portfolio includes work with recognized Choreographers such as, Tracy Armstrong, Jae Blaze (Blaze Entertainment), and Sean Cheesman (So You Think You Can Dance Canada). Matthew is determined to build an arsenal with various forms of dance which will make him flexible and able to provide various forms of choreography that reflects his passion for his art. With his determination and passion for dance and performance, one can only expect great things from Matthew Cuff.
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Find out what Matthew had to say in this week’s feature…
NikkDo you remember the first time you started dancing?
Matthew: It was third grade and we learned the Cha Cha and the Waltz lol.
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Matthew: Ummm oh wow! I believe it was for a middle school talent show and it was to Michael Jackson-You Rock My World haha!
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Matthew: Tell A Story.
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Matthew: A shot or two to get the buzz going. Kidding, I am inspired by musicals, fashion or it can be something within a song that sonically sparks something in my mind.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Matthew: Michael Jackson R.I.P. Fatima Robinson. Brian Friedman.
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Matthew: It would have to Debbie Wilson she has been a great teacher/mentor and always inspired me to be the best I can be.
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star. Any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)
Matthew: Rhapsody James I got to meet her and take her classes. I admire her personality and her choreography. I would not mind dancing for Rihanna either love her style and music.
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Matthew: Do what you love. Love what you do.
Nikki: Any upcoming projects, shows or classes you would like to share with T.D.O.T. ?
Matthew: The School of Toronto Dance Theatre Presents…Momentum 2013
May 2 – 4 & 9 – 11, 2013, 8pm
THANK YOU MATTHEW FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
CHECK OUT MATTHEW’S CHOREOGRAPHY TO “DIAMONDS”…