Martin Smith  

DanceSportVA Dance Director


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.


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. 

Professional Certifications & Licenses


American Smooth Ballroom Dance Licentiate

United States Terpsichore Association (USTA)


American Rhythm Ballroom Dance Licentiate

United States Terpsichore Association (USTA)


International Standard Ballroom Dance Licentiate

United States Terpsichore Association (USTA)

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD)

National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD)


International Latin Ballroom Dance Licentiate

United States Terpsichore Association (USTA)

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD)

National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD)


Certified Adjudicator & Judge

            World Dance Sport Federation

     USA Dance

Professional Affiliations


United States Terpsichore Association (USTA)

United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD)

USA Dance
National Dance Council of America (NDCA)

National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD)

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

Professional Dancers Federation (PDF)

World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF)

Some of Martin's students travel all the way from New York for private lessons, want to know why?  Ask these students:


“Thanks to my husband, dance lessons for my birthday was a fabulous idea! We are 9 lesson later and loving it more and more each time! Martin is an amazing and fun instructor! Thank You for providing countless hours of fun and giggles in the studio and during our home practice session!” -Juliet 


“My boyfriend and I started with the 3-lesson Groupon and were hooked. We signed up for 10 private lessons with Martin (who is awesome btw). We've only had 10 lessons total now but have learned SO much! We've learned country two-step, night club two-step, some hustle, swing, and salsa. So fun! Thank you Martin!” -Kirsten


“My husband and I started taking classes to get ready for our wedding. We went past our wedding because we really enjoyed the people and our private classes. We have recommended others to come here. We love the instructors and the atmosphere. Our instructor Martin is wonderful. This studio has helped me become the dancer I've always wanted to be.” -Whitney


“I have had a very positive experience at Dancesport VA. It is a comfortable environment and wonderful learning space. My instructor, Martin, has encouraged me in my dance education and helped me become more confident. He has, most importantly, helped me improve my Latin technique. I have made amazing friends and learned how to be a better dancer. I enjoy my private lessons and the occasional group class. I also have had the opportunity to particiapte in several showcases and competitions. I am so happy that after taking a break from dancing during college, that Dancesport was there for me to remember my passion for dance and learning” - Kaitlyn

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5721 Arrowhead Drive 

Suite A   

Virginia Beach, VA      



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2015 created with

Temporary Online Lesson Schedule 

Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 8:30pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

No Desk Hours
We hope to open April 23rd.

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Licensed by BMI
ASCAP Member
SESAC Member