The award-winning student dancing his way to the future

Award-winning Luton Sixth Form College student Matt Hall
Award-winning Luton Sixth Form College student Matt Hall

Life couldn’t be more exciting for award-winning Luton student Matthew Hall, 17, of Wigmore.

He’s just been accepted at the UK’s only music and contemporary dance conservatoire – Trinity Laban at Greenwich – and he’s counting the days until he can start.

“It’s something I’ve wanted for years,” he said. “It’s fantastic. To get a place at such a prestigious college is overwhelming. I can’t wait.”

Matt, of Wigmore, had to go through a gruelling audition first, demonstrating not only his ability but also his creative choreography and improvisation skills.

The Luton Sixth Form College student is no stranger to success – he won the Young Achiever of the Year award at Luton’s Best 2013 awards and has also been selected for the National Youth Dance Company.

Yet he’s only been dancing for two years. “There wasn’t much opportunity when I was young,” he said. “But I did it for GCSE at Ashcroft High and loved every single lesson.”

His ambition is to join quirky choreographer Hofesh Shechter when he completes his studies. “My dream is to get first-hand experience in an edgy company like that,” he explained. “I also like Matthew Bourne’s work.”

But first he has to complete his three year degree course at Trinity Laban. “I’ll be doing extensive technical training from 8am to 5om every day,” he said, “It’s going to be quite tough.”