Matthew Hawkins is Royal Ballet School trained. Hawkins’ shift from ballet to contemporary practice involved his being a founder member of Second Stride and Michael Clark dance companies, studying Cunningham technique at source and presenting his own work, including as Artistic Director of Imminent Dancers Group, and Matthew Hawkins Dance Company, and commissions for Dansproduktie Amsterdam, CNDC Angers Szegedi Balett.
Recent recognition for Matthew has come in the form of a Jerwood Choreography prize, a Dance Artists Fellowship from Arts Council England, a Herald Angel award and Professional Development/Choreographic Futures support from Creative Scotland.
“…a display of rare interest, of real choreographic merit, of original and valuable thought about dance: typical Hawkins in fact.” Financial Times
“…In any other culture Hawkins would be recognised as a kind of genius.” The Observer.
Matthew’s long term teaching assignments include open classes in contemporary technique at London’s Pineapple studios (1986-99), technique and choreography workshops at CNDC (Angers, France, 1991-2004) and guest teaching with Rambert and Random Dance Companies. Each of his classes is a medium for the act of teaching and learning on some level. At Dance Base (Edinburgh) he has given classes with the professionals, the beginners, the elders and those with special needs.