Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center

Teacher(s) Dori Matkowski

Hello! My name is Devin Richey and I’m from Michigan. I’m seventeen years old and currently a senior in a home school based program through Clonlara School. I love the creative fields in life; they’re my bread and butter. I love art, literature, and especially music. I’m self-taught on the drums and piano, and when I have spare time I like to create music. I’m always surrounding myself with the arts. Even when I was younger I was always drawing or writing stories, trying every outlet I could. I knew I found the one I truly loved when I discovered dance.

I was six years old when I was introduced to dance and took my first class. My mom had dragged me to the local dance studio for one of my sister’s dance classes, and when I got there I ended up seeing a school friend taking a hip hop class in one of the other rooms. I decided to give it a try, and ever since I’ve fallen in love with dance. The fantastic feeling of joy and freedom I get when I’m performing is something I’ll never get tired of and continue to love for the rest of my life. It’s what motivates and inspires me every day when I step into the studio. One day I dream of performing on a Broadway stage.

I began to really take dance seriously when I came to Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center in 2007. The following year, I joined the Dynamic Dancers Performing Company. Since then my mind has been set on working hard and becoming the best performer and entertainer I can be. I study voice and acting along with daily dance classes in as many styles as I can get my hands on – modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, ballroom, tap, musical theater, you name it. In recent years I’ve taken a liking to choreography and creating movement, whether artistically or for entertainment. I hope to have the chance to teach and choreograph and eventually become a director. My passion for dance has me interested in all fields of the industry.

I can’t thank Dori Matkowski and the Creative Team at Dance Dynamics enough. They’re more than teachers, they’re my family. Like Joe Tremaine says, “Dance Training is Life Training.” This is one-hundred percent true. They’ve been with me every step of the way on achieving my goals and with bettering myself as a person, I couldn’t be any more grateful. So much love goes out to them and my own family, who have supported me through thick and thin with reaching my dreams.

The same gratitude and thanks goes to Joe Tremaine, the Administrative Staff, and the Faculty of Tremaine Dance. I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as the 2012-2013 Senior Male Dancer of the Year. This wonderful opportunity is such a gift, and I am so thrilled to meet and dance with the amazing talent and inspiring passion, from people around the country. There’s nothing better than being in a room filled with other dancers who are pouring their heart out on the floor with you. Breathing and living off of each other’s energy and experiencing dance for what it is. I’m so thankful that I’ll have the opportunity to be a part of the Tremaine family this year, and to grow not only as a dancer, but also as a person.