Martha Chamberlain started dancing at age 5 at the Media Fellowship House and later at the Dance Center in West Chester. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet from 1984 to 1987. She began studies at the Pennsylvania Ballet School in 1987 and was given an apprenticeship with the Pennsylvania Ballet in the fall of 1989. After a month, she was promoted to the corps de ballet and from there, rose through the ranks to become a principal dancer after her debut as Juliet in John Cranko's “Romeo and Juliet” in 2000. She retired from dancing in April of 2011. In her 21 years at Pennsylvania Ballet, Chamberlain danced a wide variety of leading roles, from classic full-length story ballets to iconic works by George Balanchine to cutting-edge contemporary ballets.
In addition to her dancing career, she also started a career in costume design. Her first professional experience was designing for Christopher D'Amboise when he was the artistic director for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Over the past 20 years, she has designed for many choreographers such as Jorma Elo, Matthew Neenan, Helen Picket, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Meredith Rainey. She also has a dancewear business, Chamberlain Goods. She joined the University of the Arts dance faculty in the fall of 2013.
Class Schedule, Spring 2017
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