Donna Martelli was determined to be a dancer, a good one at that, by the sweet age of 10. Her study of classical ballet began with one class a week, and by her mid-teens, had progressed to 6 days a week. During her senior year in high schoo,l she danced leading many leading roles in major ballets, including Swan Lake, Ondine, and many original works. What happened next was amazing in the way it transpired. She was selected, as one of 8 girls from over 250 candidates to be a trainee in the Harkness Ballet. Anyone who knows ballet will recognize the names of her teachers: Donald Sadlier, George Skibine, Marjorie Tallchief, Vera Volkova, Leon Fokine, Alvin Ailey, Patricia Wilde, and Stewart Hodes, to name a few. Besides classes in ballet and modern dance, she studied Music Theory, Labanotation, Character Dance, Choreography, Anatomy and many other related subjects. Seven months into the trainee program, she was asked to join The Harkness Ballet, with whom she toured Europe and North Africa, dancing various parts in many ballets utilizing the techniques of ballet, modern and jazz dance. Years later she met Jesus and laid dance down, only to have Him bring it back to her in a new and sanctified way. Now, Donna loves teaching those who desire to dance for the Lord. She is also passionate regarding teaching the healing aspects of dance. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Pilates Instructor, and has been on staff at LivRite Fitness, Indianapolis, IN.
She offers private instruction in Ballet Fit, Pilates and many other forms of fitness training to any age, regardless of past experience.