Martin Meng was educated at the High School of the Arts in his native town Amsterdam, by among others, professor Heinz Manniegel.
He danced with the Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam, the National Ballet of Canada and the ballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, took part in numerous courses, like taking classes with the Kirov Ballet.
He worked with some of ballet‘s finest master-teachers such as Vladilen Semionov, Irina Kolpakova, Yevgeny Neff, Gennady Selyutski (Kirov Ballet), Mikhail Lavrovsky (Bolshoi Ballet), John Clifford, Susan Hendl (New York City Ballet), Erik Bruhn (National Ballet of Canada), Brigitte Thom (Deutsche Oper Berlin).
Martin danced the whole classical repertory from Bournonville to Béjart, performed solo parts in ballets from Balanchine, Petipa, Fokine, Petit, van Dantzig, Panov and Limon.
Later Martin Meng continued his career as a ballet master at the “Grand Theatre” (Teatr Wielki), Warsaw, where besides teaching daily company classes, he was coaching all leading roles in the classical repertoire (ballets like, for example, Konstantin Sergeyevs production of “Swan Lake”, or Sir Frederick Ashtons “La Fille mal Gardée”). Afterwards he continued working as a guest-teacher with companies such as the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet as well as modern companies like the Choreographic Theatre of Johann Kresnik at the Berliner Volksbühne or the ballet of the Opera na Zamku Szczecin.
In recent years, Martin focused more on teaching at academic schools and was thus invited as a guest-pedagogue by i.a. the European School of Ballet, the National Ballet Academy Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory The Hague, (where he also prepared the exam of the graduation class), the Tai Pei National University of the Arts or the Netherlands Dance Theatre (Educational Department). Besides, he specializes on single-classes at any level. Since 2018 Martin also works as a talentscout for the European School of Ballet in Amsterdam https://schoolofballet.eu/
Students prepared for audition by Martin Meng were accepted into the following schools:
Vaganova School St. Petersburg; Bolshoi Academy Moscow; Hungarian State Ballet School Budapest; Kirov Academy Washington; Koninklijke Balletschool Antwerpen (Royal Balletschool Antwerpen); Netherlands Dance Theatre Summercourse; Academy of Dance at the State High School of the Arts Mannheim; Conservatory Vienna; Escuela Victor Ullate Madrid; Ellison Ballet New York; Centre of Contemporary Dance Highschool Cologne.
Martin’s students received numerous international scholarships, a.o. European School of Ballet in Amsterdam; Alvin Ailey, Ellison Ballet New York; Lines San Francisco.
Martin has taught every level of classical ballet, from beginners – professional students up to international stars like Irma Nioradze, Andrei Jakovlev (Mariinsky Ballet), Maria Bylova, Yuri Vasuchenko (Bolshoi Ballet), Irek Mukhamedov (Royal Ballet), Anneli Alhanko, Anders Nordström (Royal Swedish Ballet), Mats and Niklas Ek, Ana Laguna (Cullberg Ballet).
Apart from teaching classical ballet, Martin is highly esteemed as a Personal Trainer http://mobiltraining.com/