While many dancers have a signature move, like the caterpillar, the coffee grinder, or even the robot, Matt’s signature while dancing can’t be found in the way he grooves to the music - it’s in his facial expression. To write about the nature of Matt’s dance face would be to attempt the impossible, to describe the undescribable (although some have come pretty close by calling it “angry but seductive”). The birth of the face, however, is a story that can - and should - be told.
Matt first developed his technique in a late-night encounter in Yuting and Lauren’s room, where few could observe the birth of greatness. Lauren watched as Yuting photographed Matt in a variety of poses, some straight, some over his shoulder, all with the intent of getting his look down. Though he tried, one can see in the photo to the right that his look only had “seductive” elements to it, and not enough anger. A few nights later, Matt perfected the badass element by having Yuting photograph him again, this time with a Nerf gun.
“In the actual dance, it lasted like a second,” Lauren observed, when asked about her experience with “the look”, as it’s come to be known. But what a second it was! Matt’s look is one for the ages - our children will be talking about those “angry but seductive” eyes for years to come.