Walker Martin trained with Penny Askew at the Western Ballet Academy in Clinton, Oklahoma and performed with its affiliated pre-professional Regional Dance America company, Western Oklahoma Ballet Theatre. He also studied in New York City on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre® (ABT) Summer Intensives, and was named an ABT® National Training Scholar from 2009 to 2011.
Martin continued his training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, where he performed with Houston Ballet in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker and Stanton Welch’s Cinderella during the 2011/12 season. He then danced with Ballet Quad Cities for a season before joining Oklahoma City Ballet in 2013. He was promoted to Soloist in 2016.
With Oklahoma City Ballet, Martin has performed lead and feature roles, including The White Rabbit in Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), Melancholic in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, The Champion Roper in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Benvolio in Robert Mills’ Romeo and Juliet, The Jester in Mills’ Swan Lake, Hans in Mills’ The Nutcracker, Puck in Mills’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as the title role in Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan.
Additionally, Martin’s repertoire with the company includes works by Twyla Tharp, Stanton Welch, Helen Pickett, Toni Pimble, and Amy Seiwert, and he has also created roles in Adam by Cayetano Soto, Exurgency by Matthew Neenan, Speaking in Spheres by Brian Enos, Forgotten Memories by Ma Cong, If These Walls Could Talk by Sarah Tallman, and Our Private Rooms and The Means To Fly by Robert Mills.
Martin is certified in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, and is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher, having successfully presented students for examinations. He currently teaches in the Pre-Professional and Community Divisions of The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School.