Peter Martins was born on October 27, 1946 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before beginning his work with the New York City Ballet, Martins trained and was a corp de ballet member and soloist at the Royal Danish Ballet School. In 1967, George Balanchine invited Martins to dance the role of Apollo in Apollo in the NYCB’s production at the Edinburg Festival. Three years later, Martins joined the NYCB as a principal dancer. In 1981 he was named Ballet Master for NYCB and following Balanchine’s death in 1983, he was named Co-Ballet Master in Chief. Later in 1989 he became the sole artistic director of the company. He began choreographing in 1977 and has since created over 80 ballets.