Calvin Martin a native of Brooklyn
discovered dance at the young
age of 6 and for him this would
flourish into a opportunity that
would change his life. A big chunk
of his training and dedication to
the art of dance came when he
moved to South Jersey where he
trained under Sharon Lightsey
and Nancy Lafferty two influential
teachers who influenced Calvin to pursue a career in Dance and the Performing Arts.
After High School, Calvin attended Burlington County College(BCC) for his undergrad and trained at Core Movement under Jaclyn Augustyn Smith. This lead to several opportunities dancing and performing in shows, including New Jersey Garden State dance festival with Suzie Zucker, Howard University with Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson, and mentorship under Laniece Mobley while going to school full time. With the years of training, Calvin would transition into the second company of Eleone dance theatre lead under Director Shawn- Lamere Williams. It was there that Calvin was able to intern and perform while learning the ends and outs of the business sides of dance. During his time traveling between Jersey and Philadelphia area, Calvin attended Rowan University to study Dance and Theater with a concentration in African studies. Rowan University allowed Calvin to establish Atomik Legacy, a dance crew dedicated to mixing African, Hip hop, and Modern dance techniques. Calvin's first time in leading a group of 20 members each semester and showcasing the talents of many individuals around the Rowan University Community established a safe space for many individuals on Campus.
While attending Rowan, Calvin gained the opportunity to return to New York, As a Principal member for five years with Skin Dance Company under Director Tina-Thompson Pope. Stepping, A program designed by Jessica Remo, which teaches stepping through mathematical formulas.
Calvin has dedicated his time teaching in Local dance schools, elementary, junior, and high schools in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Africa. While still maintaining a professional career as a dancer and having worked with several well known choreographers including Bill T Jones, Jamal Gaines, and Tommie- Waheed Evans, . His Motto is to always “ Pay it forward with the gift of dance that was created for the people and should be given back to the people one step at a time.”