Matthew Powell received his training at the School of American Ballet and danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, the international tour of West Side Story, and more.
Mr. Powell is on the faculty of The Juilliard School beginning Spring 2015. As a teacher, he has worked with The Juilliard School, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Tech, The Rock School for Dance Education, Kansas City Ballet School, Trey McIntyre Project, Matthew Bourne, Karole Armitage, ‘Billy Elliot’ on Broadway, the universities of Iowa and Alabama, Broadway Dance Center, and more. As a choreographer, Mr. Powell was awarded a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, and recently received an award for his choreography at Regional Dance America. He has created six works for Broadway Dance Center, is the on-set choreographer for BLOCH dancewear, and has been fortunate to receive numerous other commissions including Kansas City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary season, Kansas City Ballet School, the Art Exhibit “Capturing Nureyev,” among others.. His most recent creation, Quarter Note, premiered this summer at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre to critical acclaim. Guest ballet master credits include Royal New Zealand Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and ‘Flesh and Bone,’ an upcoming limited series set to air on the STARZ Network in 2015. Mr. Powell has also worked as assistant director for opera productions across the country. Upcoming projects include choreographic commissions for The Joffrey Ballet School, Brooklyn Ballet, and a second year as artist in residence for Hamilton College.