Meet Martino!

MEET: Martino Sauter

Martino started his training at the Conservatory of Dance and Theatre in Galax, Virginia under the direction of Barbara Johnson. Soon after, Martino found his passion and went away to prestigious schools, such as The Rock School for Dance Education and Joffrey Ballet. He then continued his dance education at the renowned Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington CT, from which he later graduated. While at Nutmeg, Martino trained under Eleanor D’Antuono, Victoria Mazzarelli, Kirk Peterson and Timothy Melady. Upon graduation from Nutmeg, he signed a contract with Ballet Metropolitan in Columbus, Ohio. He also joined MOMIX Dance Theatre; while with MOMIX, Martino performed all over the US and Europe. Martino has performed soloist and principal roles from many classical and contemporary ballets, including: The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Giselle, and Swan Lake. He has also guested for many other productions with various companies.

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BFAN: Hometown?

Martino: Galax, Virginia.

BFAN: What are you looking for in your BFAN experience?

Martino: Opportunity, growth, and challenge.

BFAN: What do you do on your weeks off?

Martino: Rest, shop, and take class!

BFAN: What inspires you to perform?

Martino: I feel that I am giving back when I perform.  Some people rarely get to see the ballet so it’s nice to be able to give them the full experience and more.

BFAN: How would your friends describe you in three words?

Martino: Trustworthy, hardworking, and honest.

BFAN: Who’s your superhero?

Martino: My dad.

BFAN: What’s your kryptonite?

Martino: Peanut Butter.

BFAN: Where do you imagine yourself in ten years?

Martino: On stage!

BFAN: If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

Martino: I would be a clinical psychologist.

BFAN: What is your life motto or mantra?

Martino: Treat others the way you want to be treated.

BFAN: What are you most looking forward to with working with BFan?

Martino: I am hoping to gain knowledge of other dance styles and to grow as a dancer-become stronger and more versatile.  

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Experience Ballet Fantastique's unmatched creativity and dramatic prowess. Comprised of 7 stunning dancers directed by mother-daughter team Donna and Hannah Bontrager, Ballet Fantastique presents productions full of sizzle and spice. Hailed as "la creme de la creme" (Eugene Weekly), Ballet Fantastique's all-original choreography infuses ballet with diverse new style, brave musical choices (from tango to Metallica), and passionate expression.

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