Dance Director & Instructor
Martin has been an active leader in a variety of dance societies and organizations around the world. He is a champion dancer, adjudicator and coach who now teaches and coaches in all styles of American and International Ballroom, Latin and Rhythm dancing. He is the Dance Director of DanceSportVA.
More About Martin Smith
Originally from South Africa, Martin began his professional teaching career in 1982 with Fred Astaire Dance Studios in South Africa. In 1986 he continued teaching at his own studio. While there Martin was the Kwazulu/Natal Province International Style Standard Champion and finished fourth in South Africa. He served on a variety of membership committees of Republic Dance Teachers Association and the South African Dance Teacher’s Association. He was Secretary for the Joint National Council in South Africa and was President of his Provincial branch of UATD.
In 1999 Martin brought his talents to the United States where he and his professional partner spent some time teaching at Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire dance studios. In 2001 Martin created one of the premier studios in New York. Smiths Dancing school in Hawthorne NY was the largest dance studio in Westchester County, and quickly became one of the leading studios in the tri-state area. Martin became a championship adjudicator for the World Dance Sport Federation and USA Dance as well as NDCA. Martin has judged for hundreds of dance competitions around the world, including National level and other competitions in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United States.
In 2014, Martin brought his talent to DanceSportVA where he is currently the Dance Director. In addition to being a much sought after dance competition judge, he is an accomplished teacher, coach and choreographer. Martin is recognized as an expert in the field of Ballroom Dancing.
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