We are so happy to have Matthew Keefe on our staff this year!
Finally, a man is on staff! 🙂 Matthew brings years of professional dance experience to our dancers and teaches with so much charisma and clarity! Read on to learn more about our talented Saturday ballet technique teacher!
Where did you receive your degree?
I have a Master’s Degree in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa. I was allowed into the graduate program based on professional experience, I don’t have a bachelor’s degree, though I did two years of undergraduate study at the University of New Mexico with a focus on Economics.
How long have you been teaching dance and what class(es) do you teach?
I’ve been teaching dance for over 20 years in one form or another. I’m teaching ballet and pointe for PSOD, but I also teach modern, jazz and other dance classes, as well as do speaking engagements and other arts-related work.
What is your favorite style of dance?
The kind that moves! 😉 Actually, I like all dance, but I do have a favorite kind of dancer — the kind that move with a connection to their center and gravity. You see them in all kinds of dance.
Where is the coolest place you have ever performed?
The Joyce Theater in NY (twice!).
What is one thing you were taught and will always remember?
What inspires you?
The things I see the things I hear the things I think about…I try to find it wherever I can.
What brings you joy when you’re not at Prairie School of Dance?
My daughter Olive, wife Brittany…and our house which is finally done!
Have you created a pre-performance regiment/routine or a tip you’d like to share?well, this is a little wierd…I used to run backwards in a figure 8 before performances to warm up. It seems strange but rolling through your feet that way was a great way to warm them up and in the figure 8 you got all the different impact angles of the ankle as well. It was very effective, though it always got strange looks from people.