Matthew Powell received his training on scholarship with the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. As a professional, he has performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, the San Francisco Opera, and has danced principal and soloist roles in over fifty works by renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Michael Smuin and more. Additionally, he portrayed A-rab in the International Tour of West Side Story, directed by Joey McKneely, and has appeared in regional productions of All Shook Up and Fiddler on the Roof. As a teacher, Matthew was a faculty member with the Kansas City Ballet School, and has taught classes at numerous institutions such as the Universities of Iowa and Alabama, Marymount Manhattan, and Ballet Academy East. Additionally, Matthew served as the company ballet teacher for the West Side Story International Tour. He worked as Assistant Director for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of Pirates of Penzance and for The Magic Flute with Michigan Opera Theatre. His choreography received a fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet. Currently, Matthew teaches at Broadway Dance Center, and is a guest teacher for the Broadway production of Billy Elliot, Marymount Manhattan, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Upcoming choreographic commissions include Broadway Dance Center, and Regional Dance America.