François Des Marteau (He/Him) is a Kansas City native and began his dance training at his mom's studio at the age of 7, learning ballet, tap, jazz, modern and musical theater. He spent many of his teenage years dancing competitively and won numerous top awards including placement on the Footloose Extreme Team and TOP Stars.
Francois continued his formal dance education at SUNY Purchase Conservatory in New York where he received his BFA in Dance. While there he trained under Kasuko Hirayabashi, Richard Cook, Megan Williams, and Stephanie Tooman, and danced for acclaimed choreographers including Kevin Wynn, Nelly Von Bommel, Julian Barnett, Pam Tanowitz, and Rozalind Newman. François attended summer programs at Kansas City Ballet, Doug Varone & Dancers, Reverb Dance, and Dance New York International, where his choreography was selected to perform in Burgos, Spain at Teatro Principal. He's performed at Jacob's Pillow Summer Stage, Reverb Dance Festival, Dumbo Dance Festival, STL Dance Festival, St. Mark's Church, Symphony Space NYC, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Folly Theater. His credits include One Man's Dream II (Tokyo Disney Resort), Big Band Beat (Tokyo Disney Resort), RWS Entertainment Group, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, the duet iPhone app commercial, Singapore Dance Ensemble, Peter & The Wolf (Lawrence Arts Center), & City In Motion Dance Theater.
In addition to teaching dance, Francois is also an AKT fitness instructor. He has produced award-winning choreography for multiple dance studios and is an adjudicator for local & national dance competitions. When he’s not teaching or dancing himself, Francois can be found studying interior design and spending time with his nieces and nephews.