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Meet the Instructor: Margot Martin of The Ballet Burn

From her go-to cheat treat to her ballet-loving French Bulldog, this talented former ballerina dishes on her fit Dallas lifestyle.
By Kimber Westphall |

Dallas-bred Margot Martin recently returned to her Texas roots, transitioning from professional ballerina to fitness studio owner. Here, she provides a little insight into that journey, and how she’s literally keeping Dallasites on their toes at The Ballet Burn.


Why did you want to pursue ballet?

I was probably 12-years-old when it really set in that ballet was my passion. I just knew intuitively that it would become my career. Initially I was more interested in jazz and hip-hop, but I quickly discovered that my talent was in ballet class. I had to fight hard for every achievement and improvement in my technique. I wasn’t super flexible so that was a big hurdle I had to get over. Musicality was more of my natural talent.


Why do you love teaching The Ballet Burn classes?

I love teaching this class because every single day I get to see someone discover a stronger part of themselves, not just physically but mentally. The Ballet Burn creates an environment where we all support each other in our own journeys. It embodies everything I really enjoy in life; good people, good music, dancing, hard work and honest-to-goodness progress and change.


What expectations do you have for students when attending your class?

I am so impressed with anyone who chooses to show up for the first time. It can be such a scary experience walking into a class where you have no idea what’s about to happen. I think the most I expect of those attending my class is to simply show up. The rest will take care of its self.


What’s your go-to cheat treat when you’re not working out?

It’s no secret that I am huge fan of chips and queso. My go to is Mesero. Margs and queso anyone?!


What’s your favorite healthy snack to enjoy after a workout?

I usually grab a handful of almonds or cashews right after a workout. My largest meal is in the middle of the day when I have a longer break before my evening classes start up. If I could I would eat at True Food every day for that larger meal—I love their Panang Curry.


How many hours each day do you workout? 

With the studio being so new I am currently teaching the majority of the classes on the schedule. This means I teach an average of four hours a day plus several private clients. When I do teach I am doing all of the exercises with my students to demonstrate proper alignment and to encourage them to keep on going with me. Between all of the classes I teach, I probably workout three to four hours a day, six days a week.


What is your favorite song to workout to right now?

Hard to narrow this down; I am such a music junkie. Bubble Trouble by M.I.A. is killer. Anything by Prince though will forever be my go-to.


What is your favorite fitness brand of clothing to wear while you teach?

I was fortunate enough to be named an ambassador for Lululemon back in 2013, so I wear a lot of their pieces. These days, yoga pants have become like artwork. I love seeing all of the cool designs that walk through the studio door.


Gym dogs are the new shop dogs.
Gym dogs are the new shop dogs.

Do you have any pets? 

Yes! Squirt is a four-year-old French Bulldog who is frequently in classes too. He loves to greet everyone as they come in, and offers loads of encouragement when we get the mats out at the end of class.

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