Alabama Dance Council

Martha Faesi


Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham

Ballet Students

Martha Faesi began her dance training at the Edith James Studio in Dallas, Texas under the tutelage of ballet legendaries Natalia Krasovska, Alexandra Danilova, Anton Dolin, Victor Moreno, Fernando Schaffenburg and Nikita Talin.  At the age of eighteen she traveled to New York City to pursue her training on scholarship at the Harkness House and then on to France to study with Rosella Hightower at the Centre de Danse International in Cannes.  Her professional career began with a season as soloist in The National Ballet of Iran, Tehran.  Returning to Europe, Martha was engaged by the Ballet Royale de Wallonie in Belgium under the direction of Hanna Voss and later joined the Scapino Ballet of Amsterdam directed by Armando Navarro and Marian Sarstedt.  Touring Europe and the Middle East with these companies, she performed in many ballets from the classical repertoire, including Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppélia, Petrouska, Schéhérazade, Prince Igor, Le Coq d’or, as well as contemporary ballets choreographed by John Neumeier, Joseph Lazzini, George Skibine, Hans Van Manen, Gérard Lemaitre, Charles Czarny, Eric Hampton, Robert Thomas, and Jorge Lefèvre.  During the summers she was hired as soloist dancer by the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth Germany, performing in the premier of John Neumier’s Tannhauser, as well as in Parsifal and Der Meistersinger.

After a successful performing career Martha returned to the United States to complete her formal education and graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University, with a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in French.  After earning a M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Martha was named School Director and Ballet Mistress of the Des Moines Ballet.  When the family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana she became Company Teacher with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Rehearsal Director for Dance Kaleidoscope, Ballet Mistress for Butler Ballet, and was on the Ballet Faculty at Butler University.  In 1997, Martha joined Virginia School of the Arts as Dance Faculty, Choreographer, and Ballet Mistress.  She was appointed Associate Director of Dance in 2002 and Director of Dance in 2005.  In addition she was on dance faculty at Sweet Briar College and Randolph College and was a guest teacher and choreographer throughout the East and Southeast.  In 2009, Martha moved to Birmingham to join the dance faculty at the Alabama School of Fine Arts where she teaches ballet, pointe, repertoire, dance composition and dance history.


2013 Festival Classes

Ballet Technique: Blue
Women's Classical Variations: Green


2013 Faculty