Martin J. Meng was educated at the High School of the Arts in his native town Amsterdam, by a.o. professor Heinz Manniegel. His career as a dancer (Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam/The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto/Deutsche Oper Berlin) as well as numerous courses, like taking part in classes with the Kirov Ballet gave Mr. Meng many opportunities to learn from some of the best teachers: most notably the Russian Vaganova School from Vladilen Semionov, Irina Kolpakova, Yevgeny Neff, Gennady Selyutski (Kirov Ballet), Mikhail Lavrovsky (Bolshoi Ballet), Prof. Mikhail Gawrikow and the neoclassical energetic style of George Balanchine with John Clifford, Suzanne Farrell, Susan Hendl (New York City Ballet), Reuven Vooremberg (Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam) and Brigitte Thom (Deutsche Oper Berlin). Also the Bournonville School (Hans Brenaa, Eva Kloborg, Peter Schaufuss) is yet another form of classical dance that Mr. Meng has been exposed to.
as ballet master
Martin J. Meng started 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”). After he continued to
work as a guest-teacher with companies like the Royal Swedish Ballet,
the Finnish National Ballet (coaching the leading roles in Rudolf Nureyevs
“Nutcracker”) as well as modern companies like the Choreographic Theatre
of Johann Kresnik at the Berliner Volksbühne or Jazz-Art Berlin. Martin
J. Meng has taught every level of classical ballet, from beginners, professional
students up to international stars like Irma Nioradze, Andrei Jakovlev
(Kirov 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).
In recent years Martin focused more
on teaching at academic schools and was thus invited as a guest-pedagogue
by i.a. 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, the Thelma Yellin University
of the Arts Tel Aviv or the Netherlands Dance Theatre (Educational Department).
Besides that he specializes on single-classes at any level.
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; Centre of Contemporary Dance Highschool
Cologne. For the Summercourse of „Lines“ San Fancisco, a Scholarship was
awarded to a student of Martin, another student of Martin received a scholarship
from Alvin Ailey. Martins recent summer workshop was visited
by students of the following schools: National Ballet Academy Amsterdam;
Royal Ballet School London; Royal Conservatory The Hague; Royal
Ballet School Antwerpen (Belgium).
Next to teaching classical ballet, Martin is highly estimated
as a Personal Trainer!