Our Dancers Carlos J. Martinez

Carlos J. Martinez

Born in Cuba, Carlos graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba in Havana taking part in various competitions and international dance festivals and working with many established choreographers and dancers including Fernando Alonso, Carlos Acosta, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. On joining “Ballet de Camagüey” in Cuba he danced as a soloist roles in “Coppelia”, “Giselle”, “Flores en Genazo”.  After “Ballet de Camagüey” Carlos joined “Danza Contemporanea de Cuba” where he performed works by Sasha Waltz, Rafael Bonachela, Mats Ek and Itzik Galili, amongst others receiving the “Luna” award for his role in “Carmina Burana” at the National Auditorium in Mexico City. During this time Carlos began to teach professional dancers and to create his own work. He went on to be a founder member of two projects, Ebony Dance Company and MalPaso Dance Company where he became Artistic Director, Choreographer and Principal Dancer collaborating with the Joyce Theatre in New York and National Ballet of Cuba.  Additionally, Carlos was awarded a special nomination at the Iberamericano Ballet “Alicia Alonso” competition for his role in “Anoxia” by Osnel Delgado and became a finalist in the Gran Prix Vladimir Malakhov for his choreography “Equilibrium”. During this time Carlos was offered several scholarships to France and USA. Afterwards he worked as a freelance practitioner in Scotland where he worked with Janis Claxton, Carlos joined Phoenix Dance Theatre in November 2016. He is a member of the International Dance Council (CID).