Martha Leebolt

Premier Dancer

Martha Leebolt

Martha is from California and trained at the Black Mountain Dance Center and at BalletMet Columbus. She joined Northern Ballet in 2001. Martha won the 2010 National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) for her performance as the Marquise De Merteuil in Dangerous Liasons.

Learn more about Martha

Where were you born and raised?

Born in Anahiem, California, raised in San Diego, California.

At what age did you start dancing?

Tap, jazz, ballet combo classes at the age of three.

Where did you train?

Black Mountain Dance Centreand Ballet Met, Columbus.

Awards/nominations/prizes

Martha won the 2010 National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) for her performance as the Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons.

Favourite Northern Ballet roles

Odilia & Odette (Swan Lake),‘Three Preludes’ from (I Got Rhythm), Constance (The Three Musketeers), Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Gertrude (Hamlet), Lucy and Mina (Dracula), Cathy (Wuthering Heights), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Nikiya (La Bayadère), Ann (A Simple Man), Marquise (Dangerous Liaisons), Cleopatra (Cleopatra), Beauty (Beauty & the Beast), Daisy (The Great Gatsby).

Career highlights

Creating the role of Cleopatra in David Nixon & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Cleopatra. Also Martha won the 2010 National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) for her performance as the Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons. In 2012 Martha guested at the 23rd International Ballet Festival hosted byThe National Ballet of Cuba in Havana.

What do you like most about being a dancer?

Performing.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin.

What is your favourite book?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

Left over enchiladas.

How do you like to relax?

I love to watch box sets like Goodwife, 24...

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

A special education teacher.