Charles Martin received his primary training from Penny Askew at the Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy in Clinton, Oklahoma. He also studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensives in New York. He joined Kansas City Ballet out of high school and danced with them for 11 seasons, performing leading roles in works by Twyla Tharp, Jessica Lang, Jose’ Limón, Val Caniparoli, and George Balanchine, among others. He has also danced with Robert Dekkers’ Post:Ballet in San Francisco, Owen/Cox Dance Group in Kansas City, and Remix touring Austria.
Martin’s choreography has been performed by Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet II, and Kansas City Youth Ballet; Quixotic Performance Fusion; Oklahoma City Ballet’s Studio Company, Trainees, and Youth Ballet; and several Regional Dance America companies, including Canton Ballet, Victoria Ballet Theatre, and Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre. He has also begun staging works for professional companies, including Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery for Nashville Ballet and Penny Saunders’ Ghost Light for Dayton Ballet. Martin is on staff for Stars of Tomorrow International, teaching in schools in Austria, and has taught at the Regional Dance America/Northeast Festival, The Glenda Brown Choreography Project, and at Kansas City Ballet’s and Oklahoma City Ballet’s Summer Intensives, in addition to guest teaching for many schools and pre-professional companies.