Director – Founder
Martin Fredmann is an international director, teacher and choreographer. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he received his early training from Wally Saunders, Michael Nicholoff and Danny Diamond in Baltimore and was a scholarship student at the National Ballet School of Washington, DC studying with Frederic Franklin, Oleg Tupine and Sonia Arova. He served as an apprentice with the National Ballet of Washington, DC for two seasons. Mr. Fredmann studied in New York City with Margaret Craske, Maggie Black, Alexander Minz, Sulamith Messerer and Marina Staviskaya. He studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Leningrad, USSR with Konstantine Shatilov and credit American Ballet Theater’s Master Jurgen Schneider as a major influence.
e danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Maryland Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City. In 1981 he was company teacher for the San Francisco Ballet. From 1987 through 2005 he was Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Colorado Ballet. Internationally, he was Maestro di Ballo for Teatro Communale (Maggio Musicale Florentino) in Florence, Italy; company teacher for London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet); ballet master and principal dancer of Dortmund Ballet in West Germany; guest principal dancer for Ballet Guatemala (now the National Ballet of Guatemala) dancing for two fall seasons and principal dancer of Scapino Ballet in Holland. He taught for the Australian Ballet, Tokyo City Ballet, Bat Dor Dance Company in Israel, Berlin Ballet, Central Ballet of China (now National Ballet), Beijing Dance Academy, People’s Liberation Army Arts College Department of Dance, China, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Netherlands Dance Theater, Ballet Rambert (now Rambert Dance Company) Royal Swedish Ballet, National Ballet of Korea, Culbert Ballet of Sweden and Cloud Gate Dance Theater summer school in Taipei, Taiwan, and since 1985 has continued to teach throughout Japan.
As a Choreographer, Fredmann works in many idioms, including restaging of the classics. His choreographic works include The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Coppelia, Beauty and the Beast, A Little Love, Centennial Suite, Ricordanza, Sachertorte, Masquerade Suite, and Dreamspace, based on the life of Denver, Colorado artist Vance Kirkland, shown nationally on PBS television in the US and in Russia. In 1991, he created The Lost Songs, for the Estonian National Ballet.
He is the creator and director of Japan Grand Prix, a young dancer’s competition that was inaugurated in 2003. Japan Grand Prix awards study scholarships to major international ballet companies and schools including: The Royal Ballet School, London; San Francisco Ballet; American Ballet Theater; Canada’s National Ballet School; Boston Ballet; The Hamburg Ballet School, Germany; The Australian Ballet, The Princess Grace Academy, Monaco, among others, to talented young students from ages 10 through 18.
On May 20, 2005, he was decorated by the Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the development of ballet in Japan and for facilitating an increased cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. Fredmann is a recipient of the 1999 Dance Magazine award and the 1999 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Award “for recognition of significant and unique contributions in the field of arts and humanities”. He was presented with the 1996 Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America.From 2007-2009 he was Associate Professor of the College of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He assumed the Artistic Director position of the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, DC in September of 2010, and was also appointed its Executive Director, January 1, 2012 and resigned July 2013.