Biography

Matthew Nash is dedicated to work, glamour, and the transformative power of dance. He deconstructs history and tradition and presents audiences with a new world of radical ballet. Known for his quick wit, fluent movement style, and in-depth background in classical and contemporary styles, Nash combines the unexpected with the inevitable in music and dance. Choreographer, composer, and performer, he incorporates classical structure into his commentary on contemporary society. 

At the age of five, Nash began studying piano, and by age 14 entered the New York's Mannes School of Music. At the same time, he began dance training at the Joffrey Ballet School, subsequently studying technique at the American School of Ballet and the Manhattan School of Dance under Master Teacher Margaret Craske. His formative choreographic training was with the seminal artists Leonide Massine and James Waring.

Nash has taught dance, choreography and music in many contexts throughout the world including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Russian-American Ballet Project), Lines Contemporary Dance, UCLA, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Washington, Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the Ballet of the State Academic Theater of  Mongolia (Ulaan Baatar). He was also Artistic Director and Ballet Master of Juneau Dance Unlimited (Alaska).

Nash has performed in America and throughout  western Europe. In 1975, Mr. Nash joined the Ballet du Grand Théâtre  de Tours (France) as a soloist. In spring 1976, he choreographed the award-winning production of Pierre LaRoche’s Blaise Pascal which earned the coveted Prix de la Société des Auteurs Belges, the only time a theatre production has been so honored. The production toured throughout Belgium, Holland and France and aired in a television adaptation by Radio-Télévision Belge in 1980.

Nash's ballets have been commissioned by the Hartford Ballet, Dance Theater Workshop, Ice Theatre of New York, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Alexander Godunov and Stars, and Riverside Dance Festival. Important ballets include The Elements of Style, Esquisse, Title Search, Incidental Music, Dark New Light , Straight Run Naphtha, Handbook of Ornament, Don't Look, House of Breath, Sky Promise Fugue, and Pseudologia Fantastica.

His career in legitimate theater and television has led him to choreograph productions of Oklahoma, Carnival, and Fiddler on the Roof as well as live product introductions and  television commercials for such companies as SONY, Proctor & Gamble, and Black & Decker, among many others.

Nash has been honored with significant grants and awards from major U.S. foundations, including the New York State Council on the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the American Music Center, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, Harkness Foundations for Dance, Meet the Composer, plus three Choreographers' Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He has choreographed ballets for such dancers as Marianna Tcherkassky, Johan Renvall, Amy Rose (ABT), Mary Cochran, Christopher Gillis, and Thomas Patrick (Paul Taylor Dance Company), Beatriz Rodriguez (Joffrey Ballet), Vanessa Harwood (National Ballet of Canada), and Yoav Kaddar (Peter Pucci Plus Dancers).