Carlos Martinez

Born in Cuba, I graduated from the National School of Ballet 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, I danced soloist roles in Coppelia and Giselle.
After “Ballet de Camagüey” I joined “The National Dance Company in Havana, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba” where I performed works by Sasha Waltz, Rafael Bonachela, Mats Ek, Itzik Galili, Juan Cruz, Jose Carreño (Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre), Carlos Acosta amongst others.
I received the “Luna” award for my role in “Carmina Burana” at the National Auditorium in Mexico City choreographed by George Cespedes and directed by Leo Kramer.
In 2009 I began to teach professional dancers and to create my own work. I went on to be a founder member of two dance projects, “Ebony Dance Company” and “MalPaso Dance Company” where I became Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, Choreographer and Principal Dancer collaborating with “The Joyce Theatre in New York” and “National Ballet of Cuba”.
Additionally, I was awarded a special nomination at the Iberoamericano Ballet “Alicia Alonso” competition for my role in “Anoxia” by Osnel Delgado and I became a finalist in the Gran Prix Vladimir Malakhov for my own choreography “Equilibrium”.
During this time, I was offered several scholarships for companies in France and the USA.
In 2015 I moved to the U.K where I worked as a Freelance Dancer in Scotland working with Janis Claxton in “POP UP – Duets” and teaching ballet at Dance Base National Centre for Dance, Edinburgh.
I joined “Phoenix Dance Theatre” in November 2016 where I performed works by Sharon Watson, Christopher Bruce, Sandrine Monin, Aletta Collins, Jeanguy Saintus, Amaury Lebrun, Shambik Ghose and Dr Mitul Sengupta, Miguel Altunaga, Douglas Thorpe, Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer, Edward Lynch Darshan Singh Bhuller amongst others.
In 2021 I created my first work “Kardec” with Phoenix Dance Theatre for the Digital Program and I have been choreographing as well as directing as an Artistic Associate for Capuagate Dance in Newcastle under the Direction of Martin Hylton.
I am a member of the International Dance Council (CID).