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Meet the Artistic Directors
Martha Leebolt & Toby BatleyIn September 2017, Martha Leebolt and Toby Batley took the helm of Southern California Ballet as Artistic Directors. They returned to San Diego from Northern Ballet of Leeds, England, where they spent 15 and 12 years as principal dancers, respectively.
Martha, an alumna of Black Mountain Dance Centre (now Southern California Ballet) under the direction of Sylvia Palmer-Zetler and Ahita Ardalan, joined Northern Ballet in 2001 where she rose through the ranks to become a principal dancer. The numerous roles created for her include Cleopatra in Claude-Michel Schonberg and David Nixon’s "Cleopatra," Daisy in "The Great Gatsby," Beauty in "Beauty and the Beast," Cinderella in "Cinderella," and Julia in the South Bank Award winning “1984” by Jonathan Watkins, which was filmed by the BBC for international broadcast.
Martha is a recipient of the Outstanding Female Classical Performance Award, 2010 and nominated in 2016, National Dance Awards, England; repeatedly included in Dance Europe magazine’s list of outstanding dancers; guest artist around the world including at the 23rd International Ballet Festival, Havana, Cuba, and 2014 European Ballet Awards, Berlin.
Toby was born in Manchester, England and trained at the Hammond School of Dance in Chester and the Royal Ballet School, London. After graduating, he joined the Jeune Ballet de Cannes, in France before joining Northern Ballet, England in 2004. Toby has danced many leading roles and has had roles created for him including Marc Anthony in David Nixon and Claude Michel in Schonberg’s "Cleopatra," Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby," Prince Mikhail in "Cinderella," and Charles Darnay in "A Tale of Two Cities." He was nominated for a National Dance Award in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016, and was included in Dance Europe magazine’s list of outstanding dancers for the last five years. He has guested in galas internationally, most recently at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards in Berlin.