Nijawwon Matthews a native of Auburn, New York, studied under the tutelage of Sean McLeod, founder of the New York Institute of Dance & Education.Inspired by solid training and early achievements, Nijawwon was motivated to pursue his interest in dance further. He landed opportunities with several companies including the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Philadanco, and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. As a dance educator and choreographer, Mr. Matthews has travelled nationally to instruct master classes for a host of academic schools, dance studios, and professional companies and is now a proud instructor at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. He has taught internationally at institutions in the British Virgin Islands, Germany, Taiwan, South Africa, and Curacao. To his credit, Nijawwon orchestrated theatrical performances for Partnership for Results, a community-wide after-school youth program under the direction of Susan Muldoon. With Michael Henty, the founder of Champions for Life Sports Center, he created dances expressly developed for children with autism. Nijawwon taught dance at the Cayuga Home for Children, a community support services provider, where as a guest speaker he inspired at-risk teens with his own story of overcoming life’s challenges. Recently, Nijawwon Matthews has finished a film called “Black Nativity” featuring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson. He also performed in the Macy’s day Parade on the Cirque du Soleil float. Nijawwon quoted an inspirational quote ““What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence” – Dr. Samuel Johnson.
On March 12, 2016