Meet Ballroom Dance Chicago's Founder

Ballroom Dance Chicago owner, Matthew Sove

When he was a kid, Matthew's mother told him that dance has a power to communicate, beyond that of spoken and written languages, and he believed her. With pots boiling on the stove and music streaming from the under-the-counter radio, she’d sweep him onto the kitchen floor and teach him about the playfulness of partner dancing and the joy of moving with another person. Since those formative years, Matthew never stopped dancing and has formally studied ballroom, Latin and modern dance.

In addition to dance, Matthew has studied aerospace engineering and English literature and he holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His teachers would tell him to focus on one subject, but his mother (like any good mother) always said: “you can do whatever you put your mind to,” and he believed her. In fact, what has defined Matthew’s academic path is his ability to connect seemingly disparate topics and fields of study.

Matthew is an FAA certified pilot, writer, visual artist, lighting designer and rock climber. He fills his weekends with dining out and he defines a good meal more by the quality of wine than the food.

Matthew is the founder of BDC and a Master Dance Instructor. For more information about his teaching, writing, visual art and lighting design, visit:

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