Matthew Keefe has served the dance field in diverse capacities for over twenty years, building a very unique skill set; dancer, teacher, choreographer, administrator, company manager, production stage manager, non-profit consultant, board member, and artistic director. In addition to two decades of professional performing experience, he holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa, a certificate in nonprofit management from Rutgers University’s Center for Continuing Professional Development and a lot of "roll up your sleeves" experience.
In July 2014, Matthew returned with his wife and daughter to Minneapolis, MN from Rockford, IL where he served as the Artistic and School Director of Rockford Dance Company. Under his leadership, Rockford Dance Company's school increased enrollment by 76%, expanded Outreach programming and reduced a substantial amount of deficit in just over two years. As the principal choreographer for RDC, Matthew produced over 10 innovative new ballets with the semi-professional company, including interpretations of Cinderella, Rite of Spring, Carnival of the Animals, Appalachian Spring and the very successful original productions for children, Wolf Tales and Which Witch is Which?
As a dancer, Matthew performed nationally and internationally, dancing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lynda Martha Dance Company, Fort Wayne Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet II, Louisville Ballet, Ohio Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, the move, Minnesota Opera, the James Sewell Ballet, as well as numerous appearances as a guest artist.
A choreographer of more than forty ballets, Matthew’s award-winning works have been produced by professional dance companies, student ensembles, commercial projects, juried showcases and self-produced performances. Samples of Matthew's various work can be found on the Choreography page.
Matthew began his dance training at age nineteen while a student at the University of New Mexico and he continued in Chicago and New York. He counts among his mentors many notable ballet, modern and contemporary teachers and choreographers in the dance world, including Tim Wengerd, Larry Long, David Howard, Susan Toumine, Bonnie Mathis, Francoise Martinet, Alonzo King and Donald Byrd.
An accomplished teacher of ballet, modern, partnering, composition, and contemporary techniques, a creator of numerous community outreach projects, Matthew has served on the faculty of the University of Iowa Dance Department, The University of Louisville Dance Academy, the Louisville Ballet Academy, Minnetonka Dance Theater, the Princeton Ballet School, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Northern Illinois University. He has taught master classes and workshops across the United States as a guest artist. a link to Matthew's resume and C.V. can be found on the Information and Contact page.
Matthew is also a stage manager. During his time in the NY area, he worked for American Repertory Ballet and free lanced in the NY area. He managed several productions for Lydia Johnson Dance, Seth Gertsakov, Stam-Pede percussive dance performance produced by Gotham Arts Exchange and four years of performances with American Repertory Ballet. He was the Stage Manager for the 2010 and 2016 Youth America Grand Prix Gala in NYC and appears, (briefly) in the documentary, First Position.
As an administrator, Matthew served American Repertory Ballet as a Company Manager, Production Stage Manager and Operations Manager, the last two years alongside duties as a Choreographer and Ballet Master. Prior to that he worked for the George Street Playhouse as a Development Associate in charge of event planning. His diverse experience gives Matthew a keen perspective in rooting out inefficiencies in the operations of arts organizations. Endorsements of Matthew's work in the field can be found on the Reviews and Endorsements page.
Matthew served for six years terms on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA in 2012. He served his last two years as a Vice Chair and Officer, chairing the Trustee Committee and serving on the Executive Committee. He continues to serve on the Trustee Committee.