Studio Owner, Dance Instructor, Ballroom Dance Professional
Martin was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and started taking dance lessons at the age of 5. During his dance career he has competed in numerous local, regional, and international ballroom dance competitions throughout many European countries. At the age of 18, he was granted a scholarship and was accepted to study ballroom dance in Lithuanian Sports University (LSU). During his time at LSU, he met his current dance partner Liene. They formed a long lasting dance team and began competing together in 1998.
In 2001, after graduating from LSU with Bachelor’s degree in Ballroom Dance, Martin continued his graduate studies and in 2003 graduating with a Master’s diploma and major in Sports Psychology.
Martin and Liene competed together as an amatuer couple until 2005, after passing qualification exams and becoming dance professionals. Martin had the privilege to represent Lithuania and Latvia in many dance competitions including: World, European, and regional championships, UK Open, International Open, British Open, and German Open Dance Championships.
In 2009, Liene and Martin took part in competitions held in the United States. Their performance was not unnoticed – they were offered top tier dance instructor positions in a leading dance studio in Atlanta, GA. Since then, they have called Atlanta home.
Martin is a highly demanded dance professional: competitor, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator, and coach. He shares his knowledge and insight with students from Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, California, and New York. He has been awarded a Top Teacher numerous times, in the prestigious United States Dance Championships in 2014 and 2016.
Martin is an active member of National Dance Council of America (NDCA), World Dance Council (WDC), American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), Professional Dance Vision International Dancers Association (ProDVIDA). He is Certified Dance Teacher, Certified Professional Competitor, and WDC and NDCA certified Ballroom Dance Judge.