Meet Mattie Love, Performer With Madonna’s The Celebration Tour


From Broadway phases to worldwide arenas, Mattie Love’s dancing is electrifying. She has an uncanny capacity to maneuver via choreography fluidly however with punchy accents and a uncooked, earthy high quality. Though having such a particular type of transferring may need intimidated her at first, it’s grow to be her superpower, main her into a few of the most coveted gigs, together with performing as Madonna’s doppelgänger in her Celebration Tour.

Present venture: Madonna’s The Celebration Tour

Age: 30

Hometown: Layton, Utah

Coaching: Dance Impressions (Farmington, Utah), New York Metropolis Dance Alliance, Marymount Manhattan School

Accolades: Chita Rivera Award for Excellent Dancer in a Broadway Present, for Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’

Inspiring others: Andy Pellick vividly remembers noticing Love’s “particular sauce” when she was round 12 years outdated taking his jazz class at NYCDA. Over time since, when engaged on choreography “she provides you what you didn’t know you needed,” he says. “She evokes a choreographer or a trainer or one other dancer by doing strikes in a approach that you just didn’t even know was potential. She’s capable of be a muse for lots of people, myself included.”

Swing success: Love was an ensemble dancer within the nationwide tour of Depraved earlier than the pandemic shutdown, and when the present returned, she rejoined as a swing. “The extra tracks I realized, it was really simpler to recollect all of them, as a result of I may perceive the place everybody was at any given time,” she says. “Swinging virtually appears like an out-of-body expertise. I can see issues in sluggish movement.”

Dancin’ goals: Love gained a Chita Rivera Award for final yr’s Broadway run of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. “That present is the dancer’s dream,” she says. “It’s so visceral but in addition nuanced, and it captured all of the essences of what I need to be and painting.” She additionally beloved her castmates. “It’s a recreation changer while you like everybody you’re employed with and there’s a actual camaraderie. That’s the primary present the place I totally received to be myself. All of us did.”

Exploring the world: When Love joined Madonna’s world tour—at the moment operating via April, with 79 stops throughout Europe and North America—it took time to get used to the schedule, which typically contains rehearsals till 2 or 3 am. (The choreography is credited to a who’s who of inventive minds, together with (LA)HORDE, Valeree Younger, Matt Cady, Damien Jalet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Mecnun Giasar, Megan Lawson, and Nicolas Huchard.) Now that she’s in control, she takes full benefit of immersing herself in new cultures on tour. “I like to go to health studios, and I’ve been taking courses in numerous languages,” she says. “I’m additionally very all for physique language, so it’s been fascinating to sit down in espresso retailers and study from the individuals in entrance of me.”

Greater than garments: Love paperwork her funky, enjoyable private type on social media, and she or he’s discovered consolation in utilizing vogue as one other mode of expressing herself. She’s all for ultimately bringing a few of that sensibility into costume design.

Rising and trusting: “Dance has saved me many instances, gotten me via many heartbreaks,” says Love. “I’m now discovering my voice extra. I do know I’ve issues to supply, and I discover that they’re being obtained. I’m trusting that though I’ll not at all times really feel like I slot in, I do know that I belong.”


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