Matthew Cortez started dancing and singing at the age of six at Mobile Music School. After two years, he was enrolled at Fresh Groove Productions and was part of a crew named Freshh established in 2005 under the supervision of Cesar Tantoco.
Their group started to gain recognition in just a few years, winning national and international competitions. Freshh placed first in the junior division at the prestigious World Hip Hop Championships in Los Angeles in 2007. This led to other highly prominent events such as We Day, The Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games and Canada’s Got Talent to name a few.
As a solo artist, Matthew has won many titles and awards for his performances at International Dance Challenge in the US and other local dance competitions. He was also featured in a McDonald’s McBistro commercial in 2012 where he worked with well known choreographer Luther Brown and Lisa Auguste from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. He is excited to share his passion for dance with his students.
He is also one of the 6 main backup dancers for artist Elise Estrada. He’s featured in her music video, U Don’t Need 2 Know.
As a Choreographer, he started to choreograph the junior dance squad of David Thompson Secondary School who has taken over dance squad competitions in the lower mainland with 1st place titles from 2011-2013.
In 2015 – 2017, he has travelled to Los Angeles, California to train in a huge dance convention named “Build A Beast Experience,” ran by well known industry choreographers Willdabeast Adams & Janelle Ginestra, where he received the opportunity to learn from some of the best hip hop choreographers in the entertainment industry such as Miguel Zarate, Tight Eyez, KK Harris, Twitch, & Laure Courtellemont to name a few.
He has been teaching for many years and currently the founder of The Empire Varsity team and has received numerous overall and choreography awards for his work for solos, duos and groups. His dream is to become a versatile entertainer in the fields of acting, dancing and choreography.