As a child, Martin ten Kortenaar (Toronto, Canada) went to figure skating classes. Because he always danced at home, his mother persuaded him to take a private ballet class. “That’s how it all started”, he says, “although I don’t think I really started to love ballet until about a year later”. Initially, from the age of twelve, he took classes at a small studio, the Royal City School of Ballet, in Guelph, Ontario. A year later, he was admitted to Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. Following his training, he joined The National Ballet of Canada, in the rank of élève. Martin has won several awards, including the Peter Dwyer Award (2012), the Glenn Gilmour Award (2012) and the Hnatyshyn Developing Artist’s Grant (2013).
In 2014, he came to the Netherlands, where he was accepted for Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company. In 2015, he transferred to Dutch National Ballet, joining the corps de ballet. He was promoted to coryphée one year later, and to grand sujet in 2017. Martin has been a soloist with the company since the start of season 2019-2020.
In 2016, Ernst Meisner created the duet Merge for him and former principal dancer Igone de Jongh. Martin has since danced leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Ted Brandsen’s successful production Mata Hari, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Giselle.
With Dutch National Ballet since:
Place of birth:
Career with Dutch National Ballet:
Soloist (2019), Grand sujet (2017), Coryphée (2016), Corps de ballet (2015), Junior Company (2014)
National Ballet School (Canada).
Previously danced with:
National Ballet of Canada (Apprentice Program).
- 2012, Peter Dwyer Award
- 2012, Glenn Gilmour Award
- 2013, Hnatyshyn Developing Artist's Gran