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About Tamla Matthews:

Tamla Matthews has been an active member of the dance community in Toronto for over 12 years. Her experiences have ranged from choreography, to dancing, to artistic direction and have helped to shape her as one of the leading choreographers on the local scene. Tamla started with the Scarborough Caribbean Youth Dance Ensemble as a young dancer and has moved during the years to her current position as Artistic and Cultural Director of the Scarborough Caribbean Youth Dance Ensemble (SCYDE).

Tamla made her directorial debut in 1996 with SCYDE's The Journey, which she directed with renowned director Louis MacWilliams. In addition, Tamla co-founded, artistically directs, and choreographs for the Caribbean Dance Theatre (CDT). Tamla has been trained in modern, ballet, African Caribbean and traditional African dance. It is this wide range of dance styles that has greatly influenced her work which has spanned across Toronto. As a dancer/performer/choreographer her style is quite unique and is often described as lyrical, graceful and emotional in nature.

Tamla has worked extensively with Marvin Ishmael and We Are One Theatre and was choreographer for the play My Father My Her which won the 1995 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Production in Theatre for Young Audiences Division.

Tamla and the Caribbean Dance Theatre also provide dance support for Toronto reggae artist Donna Makeda. Tamla recently played a principal role in the Theatre WUM production of Memphis, a theatrical look into the last days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's life.

Reggaerobics Workshop with Tamla Matthews


Tamla Matthews leads an aerobics class that uses only reggae/dancehall and calypso/soca music to fuel stretching, cardio and toning. The class is intended for people who are not traditionally very active and will benefit from great music and friendly company. The class is one hour.

The class begins with a warm up (stretches, exercises, and cardiovascular movements with varying levels of intensity), then moves on to progressions, which is an introduction to the basic African Caribbean technique of composing "phrases" or groups of dance movements together.

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