Having grown up in Canberra studying dance from a young age, Matt quickly become known for his take on rhythm and entertaining style, which evolved from his intense training by Glenn Wood, Dein Perry and Michelle Heine.
As a performer Matt has toured to 43 countries as a lead performer with the Tap Dogs and toured the country with The Next Step. Matt's performance credits include: NRL Grand Final with Ricky Martin and Jessica Mauboy, Dancing With The Stars, MTVAU, Suntory Japanese Whisky, Rome Motorshow, FIFA World Cup Dinner, Vodafone Awards, Pfizer Retreat, Sunseeker Boat Show Sydney, Bacardi B Live Festival, Cyprus World Festival, Sydney Hair Show, Cosmetic Surgery Awards, American Crew International, 100th Season NRL Launch, Just Jeans Salvage Denim Launch, FORD Ranger Launch, Toyota Prius Launch, Toyota Camry Launch, VW Corporate, V8 Supercars, Jupiters Casino and Virgin Australia Launch with Richard Branson.
Signing with Grayboy Management one of Australia’s leading entertainment agencies Matt went on to perform at many major events worldwide including a six month season on London's West End, Bologna International Motor Show, World Youth Day Opening Ceremony, Splendour in the Grass, India Live, West End Bares, CHOGM, Land Rover @ Crown Casino, Jaguar E-Type Launch, Carols in the Domain, The Lord Mayors Ball in Sydney.
Matt has performed in the musicals Hello Dolly as lead Ambrose Kemper & Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as featuring as a guest in the hospital drama 'All Saints' on Channel 7 and internationally for television advertising campaigns for Suntory Whiskey (Japan), Capri Sun (USA) and has appeared on The Morning Show in London, Mornings with Kerri Ann, MTV Russia, So You Think You Can Dance Season One Final, Dancing with the Stars Final, RAI Italy, The Lenny Henry Show, Good Morning America, The Project & Sunrise.
Matt Papa has choreographed many of his own corporate pieces including: Carnival Australia, Short + Sweet, Luna Park Live, McGuigan Wines, TwentyToGo, Musicals in Concert with Todd McKenney as well as Rachel Beck and Channel 7’s Telethon.
Matt is renowned teacher across Australia & has choreographed many award winning routines for some of Australia’s top performing arts schools in addition to teaching dance workshops and masterclasses throughout Asia, Europe, The Middle East & the USA.
Most recently Matt has established himself as an innovative fixture on the Perth dance scene creating BOYS NOISE an all boys tap group in 2014 who performed and taught workshops at The Perth Royal Show & were lucky enough to perform on Channel 7’s Telethon as well as directing two shows at Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, 2015 saw Matt directing & choreographing the Chevron Ball @ PCEC.
In 2016/17 Matt has performed as a soloist in Suited Events NYE @ Crown Casino, with Tap Dogs on the South Perth Foreshore with the Tap Dogs, adjudicated for Showcase National Dance Championships, Get The Beat & Kids Artistic Revue as well as being an examiner for Glenn Wood Tap.
Matt has worked hard in securing is place in the entertainment industry and is very thankful for all of his opportunities to date, he looks forward to continuing to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of performers through his continued role as Director of Vanguard Performing Arts.