Congratulations to Kim – Our July Instructor of the Month!
Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Studio K instructor, Kim Matovina moved to Orlando to expand her professional dancing career. With her hard work and unending drive to create, grow and to succeed as a dancer, she has been able to take on many opportunities that have in turn, allowed her to establish a great start to a successful career. She currently dances for Universal Studios in the Superstar Parade, directs for NAO Dance Company, and teaches Studio K members in the areas of Contemporary, Country Line Dancing, Strength Building and Toning, while also leading other fitness based classes for the Studio K Hotel Division. In the near future she hopes to push the boundaries of improvisational dance, become proficient in aerial acrobatics, and work on developing a series of fusion classes that will combine two or more dance techniques into one.
On her down time, Kim enjoys taking her two dogs on long walks through Park Central, laying by the pool, and hanging with friends. What you may not know about Kim is that she was a gymnast before taking up competitive dancing, and was trained by her mother who competed professionally for several years!
Congratulations Kim, on being our July Instructor of the Month! Weâ€™re so happy to have you as a special part of the Studio K family!
When did you discover your love for dance?
During my first year of college, I decided to try other things and set dance aside for a little bit. After a couple weeks, I was just miserable without it. I knew right then and there that itâ€™s truly my passion.
What inspires your choreography?
Things and events that have happened in my life inspire my choreography. I really reflect on the situations that Iâ€™ve been through and made my way out of.
Do you find that dance is a great way to stay in shape and why?
Yes, constantly using your body and keeping it moving is an excellent way to stay in shape. Dance also keeps your body balanced between both flexibility and strength.
How has dance impacted your life?
Dance has provided an outlet for me to constantly express my emotions rather then hold things in when I find them hard to talk about.
What advice do you have to people who are just beginning to dance, whether it is for skill or for fitness?
My advice would be to always keep trying, be fearless and to leave it all on the floor.
What is your favorite class to teach and why?
I like to teach Contemporary or Improvisation because I find it interesting to watch people grow and learn about their body.
What do you like most about being a part of the Studio K Family?
The wonderful people that I have met through the studio are what I like most. Theyâ€™re a constant reminder of how blessed I am to have the opportunity to be a part of Studio K.
If you could do anything else in the world other than dance, what would it be?
I always took interest in human anatomy, so I would probably want to be a doctor of some sort.
What phrase do you choose to live by?
â€śLife is short, art is long, opportunity is fleeting, experience is treacherous, and judgment is difficult.â€ť