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Eduardo Martinez – Dancer

Eduardo Martínez, the principal dancer of the National Ballet of Spain, was born in Madrid. He has a degree in pedagogy of dance and a masters in performing arts from the Rey Juan Carlos University. He has danced from childhood moving to the rhythm of music.

“I want to evolve and grow artistically and personally every day, to never stop learning, to continue adding to my life as a dancer, through arts, music, photography and choreography.”

How have you developed your career? What are you doing now?

I began my dance studies at the age of 4 with my first teacher Andrés Montemar, later entering the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory of Madrid, where I received Spanish, classical and contemporary dance classes.I started professionally in
1998 with the Folkloric Company of Carmen Cantero, doing solo pieces , a year later, I collaborated with the Antonio Canales Company. In 2000, I interpreted one of the most important roles of the Spanish Dance, the role of “Molinero” (Miller) in the choreography of “El sombrero de tres Picos” at the Teatro de La Zarzuela.

In 2002 I joined the National Ballet of Spain (BNE) after finishing my studies in dance, and I joined the category of soloist of the BNE in 2005. I performed lead dancer roles in a number of choreographies of technical and artistic difficulty until 2010, when I was promoted to principal dancer of the National Ballet of Spain.

What do you want to say with your work?

I have always sought to know the roots of our dance, our culture and our origins. We have a very rich folklore in styles, in music, in execution, I always seek to merge the style of our golden age, with the Avant-garde and modernity so that no one forgets the jewel that we have in our country, which is the Spanish Dance.

Who has been the most inspirational person for you?

My teachers who since childhood have taught me everything I should love in this profession. And nowadays, students whom I have the fortune to be able to know thanks to my courses that I teach in and out of my country, where they soak the skin of their enthusiasm and their desire to dance and fight for what they dream. That’s wonderful.

Describe your “typical” daily routine?

I get up every morning about 9am. I have my breakfast, protein, juices and fruits are the protagonists of my first meal to be able to face a long day of rehearsals. I go to the headquarters of the National Ballet of Spain to take my
ballet class at 10 o’clock in the morning, and then begin the rehearsals of the shows we have at that time (shows of new creation, shows to take on tour…). Around 4:30 pm I finish and go to my English classes or swimming routine to
clear the mind and focus it on other types of exercises. And finally I get to enjoy a good movie or a play with a company of good friends.

What’s your favourite film?

The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Do you have a favourite quote that you try to live by?

Try to always be the best version of yourself and not fail others, but above all to never let yourself down.

Who’s the nicest person you have worked with?

I have had the opportunity to learn and dance with great dance figures from my country. Masters, great choreographers that it has been a pleasure for me to learn from them, but from whom I will never forget and who will always mark me in my personal and professional career is, without a doubt, my first teacher, Andrés Montemar.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Linked to the dance, in constant learning on my part and by the students that I would like to teach to love the roots and our dance.

If you were a perfume what would you smell like?

If  I were a perfume, it would smell like musk. A clean aroma with a pinch of sweet or fruity, reminiscent of a distant sea, a happy memory and yearning, but above all that was clean and non-invasive and at the same time, elegant.

What’s on your playlist right now?

I have several playlists. I use a lot the playlist of Spanish national musicians, like Albeniz, Falla, Turina, that help  to create and inspire me, but I also listen to jazz and groups like The XX to relax and connect with myself.

Follow Eduardo on instagram @edums83

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