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Mathew Janczewski

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September 22, 2021

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An award winning choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN. Mathew creates work on his own company, Mathew Janczewskis ARENA DANCES. Collaborating with such prominent dance companies as: Minnesota Dance Theater, Cleveland Repertory Co., aTrek Dance in St. Louis, MO, and Zenon Dance Company. He was awarded the Sage Award for Outstanding Performance (2005), a McKnight Choreographers Fellowship (2005), and cited as one of Dance Magazines “25 to Watch (2008),” and is the recipient of numerous grants through the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

While serving as the Artistic Director of Mathew Janczewskis ARENA DANCES, Janczewski has created over thirty dance works, enhanced educational outreach programs, developed commissions with local artists, as well as launching regional, national and international touring. He is currently preparing for ANTHEM, a 20th Anniversary Celebration performance for one night only on 11/11/16 at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN


Mathew Janczewski’s inquisitive, immersive and heartfelt approach to contemporary dance reaches beyond the surface and holds the viewer in its embrace. With over 35 works in his repertoire and more than two decades of experience as a choreographer, Mathew has cultivated a highly diverse and mesmerizing style of movement. Core to his work are the questions: what drives us as humans to break away and how can we reconnect? Increasingly, his performances explore pressing social issues, providing a platform for dialogue and action.

Mathew’s work has garnered praise in the Twin Cities and beyond. He has created commissioned works for companies such as Minnesota Dance Theater, Cleveland Repertory Co., aTrek Dance and Zenon Dance Company. He was the Bates Festival choreographer (2001), received the Sage Award for Outstanding Performance (2005) and won the McKnight Choreographers Fellowship (2005). In 2008, Dance Magazine named him as one of their “25 to Watch.”

Shortly after receiving his degree in dance at the University of Minnesota, and performing internationally, Mathew founded his own non-profit dance company, ARENA DANCES, in 1995. ARENA serves as the vehicle for his body of work and provides young, aging and underserved segments of the Twin Cities community with opportunities to experience the transformative power of dance.

Deeply grateful for the support of his loved ones and community, Mathew looks forward to continually taking his work into new challenging territory, while deepening his positive impact in the world.


Mathew Janczewski

Phone: 612-804-0238 - Email: [email protected]

Website: arena-dances.org


To utilize my 25+ years as Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of ARENA DANCES, a non-profit, contemporary dance company, to lead the transformation of communities of artists and arts organizations to enrich programs, engagement, outreach, and build knowledge. 

Founder/Executive Director/Artistic Director, ARENA DANCES (June 1995 – Current)

Responsible for day-to-day operations of a Twin Cities contemporary dance company. Duties include planning and overseeing annual performances and programming; building and managing an annual budget of $140K+; working with board of directors; managing year-round (2), seasonal (2) and volunteer (20) staff; planning and executing marketing efforts; artist training in marketing, fundraising and press relations; and leading fundraising efforts with foundations, state government, small businesses and individuals.

  • Presenting CANDY BOX Dance Festival for five seasons with emerging, mid-career, and established Twin Cities dance artists. 
  • Hosting Floorwork, a quarterly roundtable discussion to share resources and knowledge 
  • Implementing Moving Practice, a cohort-based class series for professional dancers that prioritizes rigor, diversity of contemporary aesthetics, variety of class content, and commitment to growth.
  • Managing DanceON, an outreach program for high school students and creative movement for 2-8 yr. olds.
  • Presenting Minnesota, national, and international performing seasons.
  • Producing and hosting the weekly podcast; Studio Stories: reminiscing Twin Cities dance history.

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