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Photograph of Gabriel Mata

Gabriel Mata Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Performing Arts

Master in Fine Arts - Dance

Gabriel Mata (pronounced: gah-bryehl mah-tah) is a Mexican U.S. American dance choreographer, educator, dance film maker, and performer. He also navigates the world as queer, Latinx, immigrant, and as of recently a permanent resident to the U.S. He creates with a humanistic and egalitarian process while developing practices of decentering/decolonizing. The StarTribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movement is a Washington DC project-based company, initiated in 2015. His dance works have been performed in Minnesota, California, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In collaboration with haus of bambi, he has created dance films. His dances have been commissioned and presented by Georgian Court University, sjDANCEco, the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, Dance Place, Silicon Valley Pride, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. Recently, he was awarded the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Grant. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Maryland - College Park. He can be found at
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Spring 2024

  • DNCE-105 So You Think While You Dance