Mat Elder is a NYC and DC-based choreographer. He received a Bachelor of Science in Theater and Dance from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Smith College. He’s currently working towards a Master of Social Work at Hunter College, NYC.
Mat has performed works by notable choreographers Sidra Bell, Alberto Del Saz (Ririe-Woodbury), Travis Gatling, Cynthia Guttierez-Gardner, T Lang, Kate Weare, Project 44, and Bill T Jones dancers Paul Matteson and Leah Cox. He performed in Bill T. Jones’ reconstruction of Love Redefined at the American Dance Festival. He is named one of the “Top 5 to Watch in D.C.” by Ngoma Dance Magazine (2016).
Mat’s investment and interests in dance extend to its human connections with community and mental rehabilitation. In 2015, he worked with Community Connections, a mental health non-profit in D.C., as a Movement Specialist for the homeless and under-represented. Currently, he collaborates with mental health facilities in the Bronx as a Movement Specialist.
His past residence and teaching credits include Middle Tennessee State, Smith College, American College Dance Festival Northeastern Division, the Williston Northampton School, Howard Community College, and Georgetown University. Mat’s choreographic works have been presented nationally including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was the one of four resident artists at HERE Theatre in 2017.
Mat currently dances and collaborates with Mari Meade Dance Collective, Christopher K Morgan & Artists, and Ekilibre Dance Company. He is a guest artist at Drexel University.