Street/Hip Hop Faculty Bio | Matt Lopez | Steps on Broadway

Street/Hip Hop

Matt Lopez
CURRENT CLASSES

Beginning Hip Hop
Tuesdays
7:45-9:15pm

Open Hip Hop
Thursdays
7:45-9:15pm
Fridays
8:00-9:30pm

Advanced Beginning Hip Hop
Mondays
1:00-2:30pm
Matt first started dancing at the age of 10, performing for a Filipino dance troupe in New Hampshire. He attended Northeastern University majoring in theatre. Lopez later transferred to the University of Central Florida where he danced at Walt Disney World. Matt had the opportunity to perform with Hillary Duff in the Christmas Day Parade televised on ABC. Upon graduating from Central Florida, he landed a job as the mascot for the New England Patriots. In the spring of 2010, Lopez was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly's Go-Go Segment. His other notable past stage/television performances include dancing for Sean Kingston and Wyclef Jean on a kids programming show on PBS, as well as artists Yulya and Matt Palmer.

Matt now lives in New York City where he is currently dancing with his crew, DEF-C, and choreographing flash mobs to raise awareness for non-profit organizations. In April 2012, Lopez was the audition facilitator for a Nicki Minaj performance and chosen as a lead dancer in Times Square for the debut of her album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." Matt is now choreographing for R&B/Pop artists, Kyle James and Sid Haywoode, whose song, "No Excuses" is #6 on Europe's dance hit chart.

Lopez teaches hip-hop/funk master classes abroad including the Philippines and the United Kingdom. He is currently teaching hip-hop and street jazz at drop-in studios, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Dance New Amsterdam located in New York City.

Class Description
Beginner and Advanced Beginner Hip Hop:
The class starts with a 20-25 minute warm-up that includes strengthening and stretching in order to prevent injury. Lopez would like to establish a class environment where students are not afraid to ask questions. Lopez will break down movements and wants to make sure everyone "gets-it." The class concludes with a high energy routine that combines elements of b-boying, street jazz, popping, locking and house.