Luiz Paulo Martins studied Ballet at the Balletarrj Escola de Dança in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was the principal dancer with Cia Jovem Balletarrj where he performed many leading roles such as the Faun in Walpurgis Nacht, Basil in Don Quixote, and more. He participated in several festivals such as Valentina Koslova International Ballet Competition, World Ballet Competition Fidpoa and others, winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals, as well as the “Best Dancer” Award. He has danced in many galas including the Brazil selection of YAGP, Brazil selection of the World Ballet Competition, the Opening from the International Dance Festival of Porto Alegre 2019, “Dancing Among Friends” from Balletarrj, Goias dance festival, and more. He joined VNB in 2019-20 and danced soloist roles in The Nutcracker and Cinderella. He is thrilled to be dancing his 2nd season with Virginia National Ballet in 2020-21.