Matthew Rushing

Biography

Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, CA. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, CA and later continued his training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is the recipient of a Spotlight Award and Dance Magazine Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II, where he danced for a year. During his career, Mr. Rushing has performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colorado, as well as in Austria, Canada, France, Italy, and Russia. He has performed for Presidents George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as at the 2010 White House tribute to Judith Jamison. During his time with the Company he has choreographed two ballets: Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur Rahim-Jackson, and Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. In 2012, he created Moan, which was set on Philadanco and premiered at The Joyce Theater. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992 and became Rehearsal Director in June 2010.

News & Press

The Ailey company's senior dancer, Matthew Rushing, is, to me, the very epitome of forcefulness without pushing - indeed, because of not pushing. Rushing has spent twenty years with the troupe.
The most daring artistic director: Robert Battle, in his third year at the helm of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, took on Wayne McGregor's wildly articulate contemporary classic, Chroma (made for The Royal Ballet in 2006) - the first NYC company to do so.
"Sometimes we like to celebrate people while they are still agile," said Robert Battle, the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at City Center on Tuesday. He was explaining that although the evening's program celebrating the dancer Matthew Rushing was the kind of event usually given to a retiring artist, Mr. Rushing is not retiring yet.
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