James E. Martin


James E. Martin began his association with dance in Grand Rapids, Michigan under the direction of former Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo soloist, Ms Sally Seven.  After 3 years of study, he was awarded a full stipend scholarship at the renowned Dance Theatre Of Harlem, directed by Mr. Arthur Mitchell and Mr. Karel Shook, where he was trained in Ballet, African, Modern, and Jazz.  In honor of these techniques, he now refers to his own individual style and teaching technique as Balafromojazz.  Mr. Martin has been a member of the Charles Moore Dance Theatre, The Alfred Gallman Newark Dance Theatre, The Linea Dance Company, The Fred Benjamin Dance Company, and the Boulder Ballet.  Mr. Martin has also performed with and choreographed for Dance Art Stuttgart, which he and former Maurice Bejart Prima Ballerina, Ms. Hitomi Asakawa, co-founded in 1995, in Stuttgart, Germany where he lived for 10 years, and met his wife of 15 years, international Ballerina Lucia Hutchins.  For nearly 30 years now, Mr. Martin has trained students who have gone on to become members of dance companies, and theater productions across the globe.  He has taught master classes and choreographed for dance companies in the U. S., Canada, Europe, and Israel and is currently teaching at Hearts in Step Christian Dance Academy and is Director of H.I.S. Dance Ensemble in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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