Matt Lopez, Guest Choreographer
Matt Lopez first started dancing at the age of 10, performing for a Filipino dance troupe in New Hampshire. He attended Northeastern University majoring in theatre. Matt later transferred to the University of Central Florida where he danced at Walt Disney World. There, Matt had the opportunity to perform with Hillary Duff in the Christmas Day Parade televised on ABC.
Upon graduating from Central Florida, he landed a job as the mascot for the New England Patriots. In the spring of 2010, Lopez was featured in the Go-Go Segment on "Live with Regis and Kelly." His other notable past stage/television performances include dancing for Sean Kingston and Wyclef Jean on a kids programming show on PBS, as well as for Demi Lovato on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Matt now lives in New York City where he is currently dancing and choreographing with his partner, Melissa Ramos-Lopez, who previously danced for the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. In April 2012, Lopez was the audition facilitator for a Nicki Minaj performance and chosen as a lead dancer in Times Square for the debut of her album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded." Matt recently choreographed for the 5-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots Cheerleaders, the pre-game performance at Madison Square Garden for the NY Knicks and for R&B/Pop artist, Sid Haywoode, whose song, "No Excuses" was #6 on Europe's dance hit chart.
Lopez has taught hip hop/funk master classes across the USA and abroad in the Philippines, Japan, Colombia, Israel, Canada and the United Kingdom. In 2015, he was selected as one of the Top 12 Dance Convention Teachers in the USA by "Dance Informa Magazine." Lopez is currently teaching hip hop and street jazz at Steps on Broadway, Sarah Lawrence College, NY Film Academy and Wagner College located in New York.