A change-maker in more ways than one, Matthew is a dancer, choreographer, and co-founder of ColemanCollective, a multidisciplinary performing arts company created to celebrate and empower artists of diverse cultures and disciplines through education, performance, and collaboration.
Armed with a unique movement vocabulary that marries–and even redefines–the masculine and the feminine, Matthew very much so owns the role of dance in helping him embrace his queer masculinity. As he explains, “Performance is an opportunity to display what is universally human, and I project my most empathetic self, which involves both masculine and feminine references.”
Often labeled a weirdo and consistently misunderstood by his peers in his younger years, Matthew embraced his initial awkwardness under the tutelage of dance mentors, soon becoming a sight to behold, unapologetically expressing all that he is and all that he hopes to be. And as he casts off the shackles and expectations of others, he’s committed to forging a path rich with endless possibilities for self expression.
“Through dance,” he reveals, “I began to ask if it even mattered what other people thought…I realized that, at the end of the day, as a person I didn’t have to identify my movement choices as masculine or feminine. I could say, ‘This is what I felt like doing, so I’m going to do it.’ And I used that as an opportunity to unlearn certain habits and restrictions around movement. That’s why I continue to dance.”