Matthew Hawkins is Royal Ballet School trained. Back then there was no diploma for this so he travels light and exudes embodiment. Hawkins' shift from ballet to contemporary practice involved his being a founder member of Second Stride and Michael Clark dance companies, plus presenting his own work and studying Cunningham technique at source. Decades on, 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.
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 he has given classes with the professionals, the beginners, the elders and those with special needs.
Photo by Colin Thom for Citymoves Aberdeen.