Gloucester Dance Festival 2019

matt walker

Urban dance adjudicator: Matt Walker

Matt Walker started dancing at the age of 3 training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz at the Jeanne Bamforth School of dancing. At the age of 16 Matt co-founded The Urban Dance School (UDS) now established across the south east of England delivering over 15 weekly classes in Street Dance styles and celebrating their 10 year official anniversary in 2015.

Matt trained professional at The Urdang Academy. As a performer his credits include dancing for One Direction, Chris Brown, J2k, Arjun, Loveable Rogues, Guy Ivory, Gary Go, DLush, Cheryl Cole and Mariah Carey as well as performing at a wide range of prestigious international events and venues including The Brit Awards 2018, The Royal Opera House, London Palladium, Wembley Arena, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Millennium Stadium, Birmingham Arena, Twickenham Stadium and at Cannes Film Festival. Matt has also appeared in several films, The Nutcracker, The Untold Story and ‘Legacy’ as well as appearing in ITV's Britannia High and the UK movie premiers for High School Musical 3 and Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories.

In addition to Matt's decade long career across stage, television and screen he has featured in a wide range of adverts, videos and trailers for world famous brands such as Burberry, The tale of Thomas Burberry, Paco Rabanne, Black XS, Budweiser, Fifa World Cup 2014 Advert and many more.

As a Choreographer/Creative Director Matt has received 9 choreographic ‘fusion themed awards’, some of these for his work with his professional dance company Ombrascura Dance he co-founded in 2008 – the winning pieces entitled ‘The Rose Set’ and ‘The Relationship Set’. He has also choreographed music videos and national & international performances for recording artists Conor Maynard, Jack Maynard, DLush, Sassy-An, DotStar, L, Young Don, NY, Gfresh, Gurindeer Seagul as well as amassing a creative and performance client list for brands including Disney, BBC2, Channel5, House of Fraser, ASDA, Sunkissed, Criminal Clothing, Coca Cola, Dance Challenge, Icandy, Pearl Izumi, Quicksilver, Dettol, FIFA World Cup, Harlequins Rugby, Surrey Storm Netball, Gazprom and Sky Sports.