In September of 2007, Artisan Ballet Company was accepted as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Artisan Ballet Company was established by Martha Brem to provide exceptional classical ballet training to dancers in the area and promote a cultural appreciation of fine arts in the community. Our purpose is to teach young dancers a love of classical ballet and dance by arranging educational and performance experiences for our company dancers. Many of these opportunities will be achieved through exposure to a network of distinguished instructors, choreographers and directors.
Classical ballet is the foundation on which all dance is built. Artisan Ballet Company provides a superior dance education to our students by training them in the proper fundamentals and advancements of classical ballet, which are paramount to developing a well-rounded, disciplined dancer. Artisan strives to train the future dancers, teachers, choreographers and art patrons of the future. Artisan Ballet Company looks forward to providing our community with exquisite classical ballet performances for years to come.
Martha Carrasco Brem, Artistic Director, began dancing at the Royal Academy of Dance at the age of 6, taking ballet, Flamenco, tap, and modern classes. At 16, Martha directed the company's last performance, Swan Lake, when company director, Luz María Quintero, became ill. Martha was then accepted at La Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza, a new school of the arts supported by the government of Mexico and established by Carmen Romano de Lopez Portillo, wife of the President of Mexico. Martha attended summer programs and workshops studying classical ballet, repertory, historical dance, and classical Spanish dance. She performed in Homages for Alicia Alonso, founder of the Cuba Technique, in Mexico City. Martha also danced with Escuela de Artes Escenicas of the University of Nuevo Leon. In addition to studying dance, Martha attended the Tecnológico de Monterrey, studying biochemistry.
Martha came to Houston to live with her aunt, where in 1982, Martha met her husband, David Brem, and settled into family life. Martha returned to dance, taking lessons at the Houston Ballet Academy and Spring Academy of Dance, in 1988, attending workshops with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the Royal Academy of Dance, and returning to La Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza in Monterrey, Mexico, for intensive summer programs specializing in teacher training.
In 1990, Martha established the Dancing Bearettes, teaching dance to children under the age of 6. Artisan School of Dance opened in 2000 in partnership with Dave Wyatt, offering dance to students of all ages. In 2003, Martha became the sole owner and director of Artisan School of Dance. Martha formed Artisan Ballet Company a 501(C)3 non-profit company, in 2007, to encourage a love of dance in all her students and provide the community with quality ballet performances.
Married for over 30 years, Martha and David have two children, Robin and Norman. Robin graduated from Rice University in 2006 and received her J.D. from the University of Texas School Of Law in 2008. Robin is Associate General Counsel for Third Point Hedge Fund in New York. Robin married Tom Griffin in June. Norman graduated from United States Military Academy at West Point in 2008. He remained with the Army rising to the rank of Captain with the Artillery Division of the Army and served one year in Iraq. Norman received his Master's in Business Administration at Texas A&M University in May 2015 and started as a Financial Analyst with Toyota in Los Angeles, California in August.
Martha is passionate about providing high quality dance education and performing opportunities for Artisan School of Dance and Artisan Ballet Company. As a part of this mission, Artisan Ballet Company provides scholarships for promising male dancers. Artisan Ballet Company has performed in the Houston area, including its annual Nutcracker at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas, En Mouvement and a regular classical ballet in the Spring and by invitation to other events such as the Dance Asia America East Meets West at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
Angel Laza, Company Director, started his ballet training at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte Raúl Sánchez in 1997 and continued at the Escuela Cubana de Ballet in Havana, Cuba. He joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba and danced soloist roles in different countries in Latin America and Europe. Some of his teachers at the Escuela Cubana de Ballet and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba include Mirtha Hermida, Ramona de Saa, Fernando Alonso, Loipa Araujo, Josefina Mendez and Alicia Alonso. In June 2003, he joined Ballet de Monterrey as a Soloist and worked with teachers such as Robert Hill, James Kelly, Jorge Amarante, Yuri Possokhov and Luis Serrano, just to mention a few. In December 2007, he was promoted as Principal Dancer until 2013 when he moved to the United States. In June 2010, Angel was part of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a semifinalist. While in the United States, Angel has danced as guest artist for numerous companies including Arizona Ballet, Canyon Concert Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Houston Grand Opera and Colombian Folkloric Ballet (CFB). In 2014, he joined Ballet Spartanburg as Principal Dancer. Angel was Associate Artistic Director, Choreographer and Lead Principal Dancer for the CFB's “Mi Colombia” musical. Some of the leading roles in classical repertoire Angel danced with Ballet de Monterrey include La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. He has starred in modern ballets including Western Symphony, Assai, Sinergia, Uma Batida Diferente, Huapango, Danson and Esencia.
Mairette Galindo, Junior Company and ABC II Ballet Mistress, is a graduate of PRO DANZA in Havana, Cuba. She has attended the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England where she studied dance, kinesiology and pedagogy and received RAD certification as a ballet teacher. Mariette danced with the National Ballet of Cuba, PRO DANZA, Company Ballet Estilos (Peru), Ballet Municipal of Lima, Peru, and the National Ballet of Peru. She founded and directed the Municipal Ballet School of Chiclayo (Peru) in 1995 and directed Estudio de Danza Mairette Galindo in Cueta, Spain, where she also directed the first International Festival of Music Visual Art and Dance. Mairette has danced in Don Quixote, Fille Mal Garde, Sylphide, Paquita, Coppelia, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Tarantella, Death of the Swan, Verdi Pax de Deux, Addieu, Majisimo, Aguas Primaverales and others.
Amy Fote, choreographer, was a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet and the Milwaukee Ballet. Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Amy trained with the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance in Wisconsin, the National Academy of Arts, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. She is a 1990 graduate of the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.
After graduating, Amy joined the Milwaukee Ballet, where she danced for 14 years, eventually rising to the rank of principal dancer. During that time she danced in Yves de Bouteiller's group "Et Toi, Tu Danses?", appeared in the PBS documentary Dancing Anna Karenina, and spent nine summers performing with the Chautauqua Summer Ballet Company in New York.
In 2004, she performed the lead role in Stanton Welch's Madame Butterfly at the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Welch then invited her to join Houston Ballet as a first soloist in 2005, at the age of 33. She was promoted to principal dancer in 2006.
Past Events at MATCH
- March 2017: En Mouvement 3 Dance Festival