Martin Roosaare

Originally from Estonia, Martin began his dance training with Miami Valley Ballet Theatre at eight years old. He later went on to study ballet at Virginia School of the Arts under the direction of Petrus Bosman and Martha Faesi.

 

Martin completed his high school ballet training at De La Arts working with Meredith Benson and Mario de la Nuez. He received a scholarship to study ballet and various other forms of dance at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music under the direction of Jiang Qi and Deirdre Carberry. While in college he performed the lead in ballets like Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Twyla Tharp’s The Storyteller and original works by CCM faculty. Midway through his senior year of college Martin was offered a contract to dance with BalletMet in Columbus Ohio under the direction of Edwaard Liang.

 

He continued dancing with BalletMet for seven seasons and danced with Nashville Ballet for one season. Some of his favorite roles include performing Peter Pan in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, lead parts in Jerome Robbin’s Fancy Free and Interplay, Christopher Wheeldon’s Fools Paradise, and Edwaard Liang’s Beautiful Child. He has also performed works by other world renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Alexander Ekman, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Gerald Charles, James Kudelka, Jimmy Orrante,Brian Enos and Ma Cong.

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When the pandemic hit, he relocated to Florida he became a certified yoga instructor. Martin used this new certification along with his many years of teaching ballet to create online zoom classes for people of all ages around the world to enjoy both yoga and beginner ballet. He also enjoyed working as a freelance guest artist for various schools and companies during this time.

 

In 2022 he co-founded Azara Ballet with his partner Kate Flowers. Martin was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in 2020. He wants to use his love and passion for dance to create neurodivergent inclusivity within the ballet world.