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Mattye Gunner

Class of 2023
Communications | Dance
Mattye Gunner


Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Communications and Dance. Dancer and choreographer with experience in pom, hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and vertical harness dance. Four year member and captain of the University of Washington Spirit program and was able to perform at football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastic events. Competing at UDA Nationals in the Hip Hop, Jazz and Gameday divisions. Choreography assistant aiding in creating movement for high school competitive teams and studios across Washington and Idaho. Originally from Selah, WA, Mattye was able to dance and compete for Footlites Dance Explosion for 15 years.

What is one of your favorite moments from your time with the Department of Dance?

It’s so hard to pick just one but some of my favorite moments within the department are the first time I was able to take a vertical low fly dance, along with the friends I have made through Commercial Dance. I am so lucky to have found a sense of community through the department. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to take classes that not only helped me grow as a dancer but also as a person. In addition, I have made lifelong friends and memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

What plans or goals do you have for post-graduation?

I am working on plans for post-grad but am hopeful to continue dancing professionally along with the possibility to create choreography and teach dance.