Matz Skoog is internationally known as a dancer, teacher and artistic director. During four decades at the top of his profession Matz has gained significant experience and a deep understanding of the business. Now after several years in artistic leadership and management he has returned to his first passion, teaching and coaching. Matz is currently pursuing a freelance career and in this capacity works with some of the worlds foremost national dance companies and schools. Including: The Royal Swedish Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and the National Ballet School of Canada.
Born in Stockholm he trained in Sweden and in the former Soviet Union. After graduating, Matz became a member of the Royal Swedish Ballet, later joining English National Ballet where, along with other guest engagements, he remained as a Principal Dancer for the next several years. Over the years Matz has had the pleasure and privilege of working closely with some of the most remarkable and important people in the ballet world such as Serge Lifar, Rudolph Nureyev, Margot Fontaine, Jiri Kylian and Mats Ek to mention just a few.
Subsequent to a long career performing the classical repertoire as well as having several new works created for him Matz began producing and teaching. This led to numerous engagements in the UK and throughout Europe and America. In 1996 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, a position he held until 2001. From 2001 to 2005 Matz was Artistic Director of English National Ballet. During this time he acquired several new works for the company and his firm policy of commissioning British art from British artists led to a nomination for the 2002 Theatre Management Awards for outstanding achievement in dance—For enterprise and daring in commissioning new British work. He also received, on behalf of English National Ballet, the 2003 Critic’s Circle Award for—Most Imaginative Repertoire
Matz has gained an international reputation as an authority of articulate and sound judgement and regularly performs as adjudicator for several prestigious dance competitions, From time to time he writes articles for the professional dance press. He continues to expand his horizons and holds a professional certificate in nondirective (life) coaching.
Matz is married and has two children, Sam and Louis. Following his wife Amanda’s appointment as General Manager of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2006 the Skoog family returned to live in New Zealand. He travels extensively using Wellington as his base.
His website is to be found at: http://www.matzskoog.com/Welcome.html