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 three ballets: Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur-Rahim Jackson, and Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, and ODETTA (2014), a celebration of "The queen of American folk.” 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.

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The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Chicago as part of an 18-city tour.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 'Odetta' was inspired by 2009 memorial service for the singer Hope Boykin on Odetta Holmes: 'Odetta gave a song to you exactly how she knew you needed to hear it' The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. anointed Odetta Holmes 'the queen of American folk music'
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new season with Artistic Director Robert Battle and choreographer Matthew Rushing.
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