Nichelle Matthew (Teacher) is a graduate student at Rutgers University pursuing her Master's Degree in Dance education with a K-12 certification. She started dancing at the age of four and began competing at the age of 15. She has studied many different styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, tap, acro and contemporary. Not only was she a competition dancer, but she also studied concert dance as well.
She is a graduate of Stockton University where she received her Bachelor of Arts and County College of Morris where she received her Associates in Fine Arts. Throughout her training, she has had the opportunity to work with award winning choreographers such as Germaul Barnes, Randy James, Donna Scro, Jon Lehrer and Starr Foster. While working on her technique, she has been able to work on her choreography and performance skills. She has been able to perform in various locations including football games, showcases, national dance conferences and expos. She has also been able to show her choreography in various showcases and won awards for her choreography.
After graduating from college, she went straight into teaching to gain as much hands-on experience as she could. She has taught in many different settings including dance studios, gymnastics facilities, and daycares. She has worked with many different ages starting from as young as 1 year of age all the way to 18 years of age. She has taught many different styles of dance and gymnastics over the years.
As a teacher, she aims to encourage students to learn and grow from every experience. She wants her students to set goals that they can achieve throughout the year so they can get the most out of their dance training. Most importantly she wants to continue to share her passion with future generations just like her mentors and teachers did before her.