Marty Davis began his training at the age of seven in Los Angeles, California, with Meridith Baylis. When he was 13, he continued his training with Philip and Charles Fuller while attending Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Marty attended summer programs at San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet, where he was invited to continue his studies through the company’s trainee program. He then went on to dance with Kansas City Ballet for six years. This is his eighth season with Richmond Ballet.
Education & Training
Started training at age seven with Meridith Baylis. Continued training with Philip and Charles Fuller at age 13. Attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Attended San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet summer programs. Was part of the Boston Ballet Trainee program for two years.
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
First professional job was with Kansas City Ballet and lasted for six years from 2007 to 2013.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
Famous male dancers, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev, were the biggest inspiration to me. I also had a great time in dance classes with my brother Trevor.
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed?
It is difficult to think of a favorite role, but my favorite piece I’ve danced in was Akwarium by Kate Skarpetowska.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I like how diverse the repertoire is and how many different shows we put up each year. Richmond Ballet also takes good care of their employees.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I like the size of the city and how we get to experience all seasons nearly every year, although the humidity can get pretty bad during the summertime!
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
Playing video games, watching Netflix, or being outside with friends if the weather is nice.
Our professional company is made up of elite dancers from around the world who have helped earn Richmond Ballet critical acclaim. Dance/USA says Richmond Ballet is “a jewel among U.S. dance companies,” while The Washington Post calls it “a company to which dance fans everywhere ought to pay attention.” We’re proud of all that our company dancers bring to Richmond, and the world.
Richmond Ballet II, our second performing company, is comprised of talented young dancers between the ages of 18 and 22. RBII members perform their own diverse repertoire on tour across the Commonwealth as well as alongside the main company in mainstage productions.
Founded in 1993, the nationally recognized Richmond Ballet Trainee Program offers select advanced students a transitional experience to bridge the gap between the academic ballet setting and the world of professional dance. The Richmond Ballet Trainee Program is one of the few in this country that enables aspiring dancers to pursue formal dance training and gain valuable performance experience with a professional company.
For over 40 years, Stoner Winslett has served as the founding Artistic Director of Richmond Ballet, the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is one of the longest tenured artistic directors of a major ballet company and one of the country’s few female artistic directors. In June 2020, acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong joined Richmond Ballet as its first ever Associate Artistic Director.
The Artistic Staff at Richmond Ballet is made up of international professionals who each bring incredible talent, expertise, and credentials to their respective roles. With impressive backgrounds and world experience, they offer a unique perspective that has helped shape our organization over the years.