Martin began dancing at the age of nine joining Harehills Youth dance Group under the direction of Nadine Senior MBE. He then went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and in 1998 was named the C&A Cosmopolitan young dancer of the year. After graduating from the NSCD he joined Nye Carte Blanche Dance Company in Bergen Norway. This was the beginning of a special relationship with Scandinavia as Martin went on to work and perform with companies such as Skanes Dance Theatre, Malmo, Sweden and Mari Brilin Tani in Arhus Denmark. He also worked with various Scandinavian choreographers such as Ina Christel Johannesen, Solvi Edvarsen and Kjesti Alverberg.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Arts, Business and Creativity and is a Clore Fellow having completed the Clore Leadership Programme in 2012. Through the Clore Leadership Programme and his extensive experience in the dance industry, Martin founded Gateway Studio Project in 2012 in Gateshead. Gateway Studio Project offers a wide community dance programme whilst supporting local professional artists.
Martin joins Phoenix Dance Theatre in January 2020 on secondment from Gateway Studio Project and will be responsible for overseeing all studio activity.