Hannah Martin

Apprentice

Born: Hove, Sussex

Trained: Elmhurst Ballet School

Joined: 2021

Awards: I am currently awaiting the results of the Fonteyn 2021 (previously Genée) after being selected as one of the 15 finalists in this year’s competition. In 2021 I was awarded the Sir Peter Wright Award for Performance as I graduated from Elmhurst Ballet School. In 2020 I was a semi-finalist in the BBC hit television show The Greatest Dancer. I won the Barbara Geoghegan Cup for Musicality awarded by Sir David Bintley in the NYB Frank Freeman Choreographic Competition 2017, as well as placing first in the Senior Soloist Division.

Proudest off-stage achievement: I was on the national team of Great Britain as an elite rhythmic gymnast. I also competed as the youngest official athlete of Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Over my time as a gymnast I was awarded over 22 national titles, winning golds at both the British Championships and English Championships multiple times. 

Favourite ballet in Birmingham Royal Ballet's current repertory: Miguel Altunaga’s City of a Thousand Trades in the Curated by Carlos bill is one of my personal favourites. The build up of movement and constant shifting of scenery accompanied by the hard hitting of percussion brings an excitement within me that I cannot describe. In addition, I find the words alongside the movement so incredibly moving and I hope that one day I may get the opportunity to dance it. 

Favourite full-length ballets: Romeo and Juliet and Manon. As an artist who appreciates a passionate narrative, the storylines that drive these ballets resonate with me. I feel I can truly connect to the characters and therefore I can engage with them on a deeper level.