Matt Steffanina

I grew up playing different types of sports, but was never too keen to learn dancing. In fact, it was a competitive skateboarder till I was nearly 17 years old. Dance caught my eye when I saw some people break dancing and it seemed like the coolest thing there could be. My high school friend and I taught us how to dance and that’s how it all began. I soon starting choreographing after winning a dance competition and travelled through the United States to teach dance in different states. Six years later, I decided to move to Los Angeles and take up dancing as a full time career.

Choreography can be really challenging sometimes. For me, it’s all about connecting to the music. I listen to the song on repeat and try to find a suitable character. Once I do that, everything else falls into place. While some pieces take merely 20 minutes, others may take up to four hours.” I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I like to keep working on a piece until it really feels right.”

Working with kids makes the job even more fulfilling. Kids nowadays learn quickly, but the amount of effort one has to put in is still the same. They don’t have inhibitions like adults do and they know how to accept what they did wrong and fix it real quick. Since I spend a lot of time with them, I feel really close to them and their families.

Nearly 10 years later, I have my own YouTube channel and I teach dancing not just in studios, but I have made my tutorials accessible to those at home. With over 80 million views and over 700,000 subscribers, I’ve been able to connect with dancers all over the world. My motive behind starting this initiative was to make learning dance easier and accessible to those with limited financial means. I know people often struggle to make ends meet let alone pursue their passion. I acquired most of my dancing skills in 6 months when I was out of work. I used to take up classes for 8 hours and practice till 2 am every morning. “When you have the drive and determination you can pass up a lot of people that are ‘talented’.” I wish to give back to the world and maybe become a part of other people’s journey as they live their dream.