Dance star Matt teaches next generation of stars

TV star dancer Matt Flint, gives dance workshops back at the YMCA where he began his career, before flying to Los Angeles to appear on American TV.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  113017
TV star dancer Matt Flint, gives dance workshops back at the YMCA where he began his career, before flying to Los Angeles to appear on American TV. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113017

SCARBOROUGH dancer Matt Flint has been running a dance workshop at the YMCA before jetting off to Hollywood.

The 29 year old former Raincliffe School pupil was back in his home town following his victory on hit BBC TV show So You Think You Can Dance.

TV star dancer Matt Flint, gives dance workshops back at the YMCA where he began his career, before flying to Los Angeles to appear on American TV.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  113017  26/07/11

TV star dancer Matt Flint, gives dance workshops back at the YMCA where he began his career, before flying to Los Angeles to appear on American TV. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113017 26/07/11

Matt has been heading up a series of workshops focusing on styles such as jazz and tap, which have proved popular.

He said: “It’s been going well and we’ve had some busy sessions with up to 30 people taking part.

“It’s really nice to be back at the YMCA - I’ve not been here for many years.”

Next week Matt will travel to Los Angeles to appear on the US version of So You Think You Can Dance as a guest artist.

He will perform at the famous Kodak Theatre where the Oscars are held.

Matt said: “I’m really looking forward to it. The show here goes out to four million people, but in the US it goes out to 28 million, so I’m a bit nervous!”

Since winning So You Think You Can Dance, Matt has been working on a number of projects.

He has set up his own company which runs workshops and provides choreography for private events.

Matt will be working as a choreographer on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing and is also in talks with producers about a creating the concept for a new tap-based dance show.

This weekend, along with fellow West End star Laurie Scarth, Matt will be appearing in concert at Norton College on Saturday at 2pm.

The pair, who starred in Hairspray, are supporting Louby’s Lifeline, a charity that is raising money for brain tumour research in Yorkshire.

Matt started his dance career in Scarborough and was in shows at the Spa and Corner Cafe from the age of 13, along with many shows at the YMCA.

After Raincliffe he went and studied at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom and has gone on to perform in a number of shows in the West End.

He has recently finished a stint on Dirty Dancing and was offered a part in Shrek the Musical, but turned it down to take part in So You Think You Can Dance.