Born in Oakland, California, Ryan Martin received his training with Virginia's ODU Ballet, the National Ballet School in Toronto and on a scholarship at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. Before joining Milwaukee Ballet, Martin danced with BalletMet Columbus, Charleston Ballet Theater, Tulsa Ballet, Dresdner Ballet and Leonid Jakobson's Choreographic Miniatures. Martin has performed as a guest artist in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Japan and several cities in the United States. He has danced principal roles in ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Voluntaries, Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet and Taming of the Shrew. Martin has also performed leading roles in works by George Balanchine, Leonid Jacobson, Uwe Scholz, John Neumeier, Stanton Welch, Nacho Duato, Paul Taylor, Lila York, Liev Vainonien and Marius Petipa.