Mat is currently training Mia Yamaguchi, 2nd generation tango dancer. Mia will be assisting Mat during lesson and practice times.
Mia is proficient in other Ballroom dances with her favorite: West Coast Swing.
Mat has been dancing and teaching Argentine Tango for several years following his competitive career in ice dancing and pairs figure skating. He specializes in Exhibition / Performance style of Argentine Tango.
Mat’s athleticism includes participation in the US Collegiate Soccer championships at Michigan State University. He later went on to pursue a career in roller and ice dance / pairs figure skating. He was trained by World- renowned Olympic coaches who have produced the likes of Kristi Yamaguchi and Michelle Kwan. He has also worked with numerous choreographers and Russian National Team ballet instructors and fitness trainers.
Mat has been trained and have taken numerous workshops by many Argentine Tango Master teachers to include Sebastain Jimmenez 2010 World champion, Maxi Copello, Virginia Pandolfi, Donato Juarez & Carolina Del Rivero, Pablo Inza, Tomas Galvin, European champions 2010 & 2013 : Roger Zalazar & Christiana, Yannick & Liz Vanhove, Claudio Villarga ( Forever Tango) and many more Masters.
Mat presently teaches at Allegro Ballroom in Emeryville, Lake Merritt Dance Center and hosts workshops throughout the United States. Mat has been in a Tango Movie; has performed at many large venues ranging from fashion shows, corporate events, opening ceremonies and has had the pleasure of performing for the Black Sect Tantric Buddhism and Feng Shui Laders & Late Grandmaster Lin Yun and her Holiness Khadro Crystal Chu Rinpoche.
Mat has compiled “100 Argentine Tango Steps” along with 16 Choreography figures collections from the Argentine Tango Greatest Masters. Matt’s training style and technique is influenced by Anton Gazenbeek trained by the Argentine Tango Grand Masters: Antonio Todaro & Raul Bravo, who believe in the preservation and conservation of historic tango styles. Mat focuses on their Advanced Tango Figures and Sequences.