Dance Instructor, Manager
Raised in Fort Collins, Matt’s exposure to Lindy Hop started in 2001, when he played trumpet for his school’s concert and jazz bands. The music led him to the dance, and he participated in the first social dance class his school offered. Dedicated to sharing his passion for swing dance, Matt fostered a community of young dancers in his town. To reach new audiences through performance, Matt joined teams including CSU Blam, 23 Skidoo and, most recently, cmDance.
Matt has taught extensively, in Denver and on both coasts. He has primarily studied Lindy Hop, but has also studied solo jazz movement, Balboa, and blues.
Matt believes dance gives young people body awareness, coordination, and fitness in a fun and non-competitive environment in addition to social skills including etiquette and healthy interaction. He loves that dance education gives kids hands-on access to America’s political and cultural history as they learn about the jazz music that shapes the dancing. Teachers, parents, and administrators from schools have praised Matt’s passion and his emphasis on having fun while staying active.