Brisbane : Carindale

Martin Collyer

Martin began his early dance training in the Cecchetti method with Stephen Ayres, and with London's Central School of Ballet's junior extension program. At the age of sixteen, he commenced full time training at Central, studying the Vaganova method with teachers including Murray Kilgour, Nancy Kilgour, Stephen Williams and Carole Gable. Central's third year saw Martin enjoying the tutelage of Greg Horsman and touring the UK extensively, performing a diverse range of works to critical acclaim. These included the Grand Pas de Deux from act III of "Raymonda" and Bournonville's "Flower Festival in Genzano".

After his first professional engagement with Heinz Spoerli's Zurich Ballet, Martin danced at Anhaltisches theater Dessau and Theater Der Stadt Koblenz, performing a diverse range of roles, from newly created neo-classical works to Bluebird in "Sleeping Beauty" and Hilarion in "Giselle". During this time, he also performed the Black Swan pas de deux in gala performances, toured to Cuba to dance in the 16th prestigious International Ballet Festival of Havana and guested in Japan as Drosselmeyer/ The Prince in "The Nutcracker".

In 2004, Martin moved with his fiancee, Lisa Maree Edwards, to dance with the Queensland Ballet. In his two and a half years there, Martin created roles in several ballets, including "1001 Nights", "The Nutcracker", and Kim McCarthy's "19", and revisited his early success with "Flower Festival in Genzano".

Martin is now a freelance ballet teacher, coach and choreographer, working in schools around South East Queensland. These include regular classes at Strictly Dance in Cleveland, Danielle's Studio of Dance in Burleigh Heads, En Pointe Classical Coaching in Caloundra and Queensland National Ballet in Bowen Hills, as well as a variety of other schools as a guest teacher. Martin brings a great diversity of influences to his work as a ballet teacher. Most significant among these are a strong emphasis on personal development of the dancer, inspired by Martin's experience with the work through variety of seminars subsequent to his retirement from full time professional employment as a dancer. Through this work, Martin came to see that the things that had held him back in his career were not the physical challenges of the work of a dancer, but how he interacted daily with himself, the people around him and the mental and emotional challenges that a career as an athlete and an artist pose. Martin is committed to seeing that his students have the best opportunities available to move effectively through such challenges through an holistic approach in his teaching, encompassing both a strong focus on physical and technical mastery, and development of the young dancer as a well rounded person of healthy self esteem and self awareness.

Martin enjoys yoga, which he has practiced for over ten years, swimming (preferably in the ocean!), boxing, resistance training and beach running. Anything that moves, really!