Phone: (256) 768-2200
Degrees and Certifications:
MFA Choreography - Jacksonville University BA Dance - Huntingdon College AA Music - Northwest Shoals Community College Certified Ballroom - National American Ballroom Association
Florence High School Fine Arts Academic Leader
Florence High School Dance Director
FAFA Dance Company Artistic Director
Matthew Kiel holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University, FL; a BA in Dance from Huntingdon College, AL; an AA in Vocal Performance from Northwest Shoals Community College, AL and is certified Ballroom Instructor. He is currently the Florence High School Fine Arts Academic Leader and Director of Dance for Florence High School, the artistic director of the Florence Academy of Fine Arts Dance Company, and Adjunct Instructor at the University of North Alabama. He is also the Director or the North Alabama Dance Festival and Resident Choreographer for Eastern Shore Repertory Theater of Fairhope, AL. He currently holds the position of Secretary for the Alabama Dance Council and is the Vice-President of the Alabama Dance Teachers Association.
Matthew’s dance and creative process has been mentored by Christina Teague-Mann, a graduate of Laban Center London, England and Diana F Green, UC Irvine graduate under Eugene Loring, and Antony Tudor. He has also been educated through intensive dance labs by international dance artist Alonzo King, Juri Neil, Michael Klein, Mayra Morales, John-Paul Zaccarini and Ana Sanchez-Colberg anf Bill Evans.
Matthew focuses mostly on the educational and creative process of theatrical contemporary works and musical theatre dance. His recent research on character development through movement has led him to the beginning stages of creating a methodology for teaching and creating work based on traditional acting methods.
Currently Matthew is working on many different projects. His choreography will be presented in New York's Central Park later this year with the 50th Anniversary of Godspell Jr. presented by Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre. Recently, Matthew choreographed “Helen” for the FAFA Dance Co. which is endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. His FAFA Dance Co. was also invited to attend the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2020 and 2022. He has choreographed four world premier shows for Musical Theatre International’s Junior Theatre Festival, most recently the world premier of Newsies Jr. in Sacramento, Ca., and has been nominated for two IAPPA awards for shows he co-wrote and choreographed for Six Flags Theme Parks.
Performance wise, Matthew has danced in many venues on contracts across the US including the Paris Hotel and Casino and the Hilton Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, The Kennedy Center, The Andy Williams Theater, Opryland Hotel, and the Gaylord Texan to name a few. While living in Los Angles, Matthew was ranked the No.6 Ballroom Instructor in the world by Arthur Murray Dance Studios.
FHS Dance Studio Schedule
1st Period - Planning
2nd Period - Dance I
3rd Period - Dance III
4th Period - FAFA Dance Co.
5th Period - FAFA Dance Co.
6th Period - Dance II
7th Period - Dance III
8th Period - Dance IV