Matthew Thornton

Movement Arts


Matthew is the Movement Arts Instructor at RWS. His teaching pedagogy draws from his experience with dance, physical theatre, martial arts, and mind-body work. In his artistic work he desires to establish a base for original and organic expression. He has choreographed concert dance, theater productions, site-specific works, dance on camera, and continues an ongoing practice in Capoeira Angola, Contact Improvisation, and internal martial arts. Matthew co-founded Agua Dulce Dance Theater with choreographer and dance artist Alicia Díaz. He taught, performed, and choreographed with the world-renowned dance company Pilobolus. Matthew served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Hope College (MI) for 2 years and at the University of Richmond for 6 years. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Movement Pedagogy from the Graduate Theater Program at VCU.