Summer Dance Workshops

Centenary Stage Company Welcomes
For Our Summer Dance Intensive

Four Day Intensive
Dance Studio in the Lackland Center

Centenary’s Summer Dance Intensive will feature Nijawwon Matthews, a resident teacher/choreographer for The Joffrey Ballet School based in New York City, Broadway  Dance Center, and Steps in NYC.  Matthews has trained in many dance techniques including; Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop. He landed opportunities with several companies including Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Philadanco, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. Matthews will focus on Contemporary Dance drawing on his professional experiences as well as his strong understanding of the human anatomy teaching anatomically conscience alignment. Join us for an exhilarating intensive with Nijawwon and the XY Dance Project!

Registration Deadline:



Program Dates/Times:



For ages 14 to adult


Dance Studio in the David & Carol Lackland Center






10% Discount for early registration: TBA



Program Director / Faculty

Nijawwon Matthews

A teacher/choreographer for The Joffrey Ballet School based in New York City. Mr. Matthews is also a faculty teacher and dancer for TOKYOTHECCOMPANY under the direction of Kevin “Tokyo” Inouye & Alisha Lorraine Captain. Starting as a gymnast, Matthews has trained in many dance techniques including; Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and HipHop.  Inspired by solid training and early achievements, Nijawwon has been motivated to pursue his interest in dance further. He landed opportunities with several companies including Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Philadanco, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. Matthews has performed the works of Dee Caspary, Kevin “Tokyo” Inouye, Kevin “Iega” Jeff, Donald McKayle, Christopher Huggins, Milton Myers, Otis Salllid,Cecilia Marta, and many others.

Nijawwon Matthew’s warm up pulls from many techniques including Balanchine, Cecchetti, Vaganova, Horton, Limon and Graham. With a strong understanding of the human anatomy he teaches Anatomically conscience alignment, while conditioning dancers physically, mentally, and emotionally. His repertory focuses on expanding the consciousness while conditioning the mind & heart to a place of artistry. For Matthews, versatility is the essence of transforming a dancer into an artist, and allows an artist to focus on ones emotions, musicality and movement quality.

As a dance educator and choreographer, Mr. Matthews has travelled nationally and internationally to instruct master classes for a host of academic schools, dance studios, and professional companies as well as; institutions in the British Virgin Islands, Germany, South Africa, China, and Taiwan. To his credit, Nijawwon Matthews orchestrated theatrical performances for Partnership For Results, a community-wide after-school youth program under the direction of Susan Muldoon. Nijawwon also assisted choreographer Christopher Huggins with the restaging of Rendezvous, which was set on the Alvin Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. students. Recently, he assisted and was a guest artist for the artistic director/choreographer Cecilia Marta Dance Company.


Lea Antolini

Lea Antolini received her BMA in classical voice from the University of the Arts and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University. Some of her credits include Cathy in The Last Five Years (Women’s Theater of NJ) Floyd Collins and the States of Independence (directed by Tina Landau), Cecily in The Importance of Being Ernest (The New Repertory Theater), Amnesia in Nunsense! (Society Hill Playhouse), Laura in The Ledgend of Tom Dooley (North Shore Music Theater), Sunday in the Park with George and Jaques Brel (The Arden Theater Co.), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Suessical, and A Year with Frog and Toad (The Growing Stage Theater), Nancy in Oliver!, Christmas at Small’s Empire Music Hall, and The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol The Musical (Centenary Stage Company). She has received numerous awards including –Best Featured Actress in a Musical 2006 (NJ Star Ledger) and Best Comedian in a Show (Daily Record NJ). Lea is a full-time theater/dance professor at Centenary College where she has received awards from the KCACFT Foundation for outstanding direction and choreography in a Musical(Cabaret, Centenary College 2008) and outstanding direction for TAPE in 2009 which was chosen to attend regionals.

For more information please contact the Centenary Stage Company Box Office at 908-979-0900.

The Summer Dance Intensive is part of the educational arm of the Centenary Stage Company, a professional Equity theatre in residence at Centenary College under the leadership of Producing Director, Carl Wallnau.