The Ballet Burn is an authentic ballet based experience for any body type and fitness level. We are about having fun while working hard. A light hearted approach to the class provides an environment where everyone feels like they are a part of the family. We push ourselves to new limits physically which translates to a true sense of accomplishment. The room for creativity keeps us constantly discovering new things about our bodies and the patterns and habits we get stuck in. Ultimately, The Ballet Burn seeks to empower individuals to their best selves through creative movement, total body awareness, and positive intentions.


Hello and thank you for visiting this site. I’m Margot Martin, owner of the Ballet Burn, retired ballerina, and certified yoga instructor. People often asked how I came up with the concept for The Ballet Burn, so here is a bit of the back story.

In my 12th season performing for Carolina Ballet, I tore my left ACL during a rehearsal. After undergoing ACL replacement surgery, I began physical therapy to get back to the stage as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, during that process I re-injured my knee and underwent a 2nd surgery. During the time I was away from the stage, I spent hours cross training with physical therapy, functional movement, yoga, and cardio intervals. I realized that I needed something that would simulate what it felt like to perform. When you enter the stage, typically your heart is racing and your body is pushed to perform at its highest level all while appearing calm, cool, and collected. As soon as you exit, your heart rate drops quickly. The process begins again as soon as re-enter the stage. In the fitness world, this is referred to as interval training.  About 2 months before I went back to performing, a dear friend and well known trainer encouraged me to package this new form of cross training I was doing. I took his advice and called it The Ballet Burn. The community continues to grow and I am more grateful than ever to share the joy of movement with others. See you in class!