DR. SANDY A. MITCHELL
Artistic Advisor, Instructor & Choreographer
Matthew Rushing 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 received a Spotlight Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He trained at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II, where he danced for a year.
Mr. Rushing joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1992. During his career, Mr, Rushing has performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colorado, as well as in France, Russia, Canada, Austria, and Italy. He has also performed for former presidents George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush as well for President Barack Obama. 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 createdMoan, 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.
Matthew has faithfully served the vision of Spirit Wings Dance Company for the past 7 years.