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Name: Margot Martin

City: Dallas

Neighborhood: Preston Center

Company / Title: The Ballet Burn – Owner, Founder

When did you move here? From where? 
2014 from Raleigh, NC

Where else have you lived?
New Orleans, Dallas, Seattle, Raleigh, back to Dallas

What made you decide to Say Yes to Dallas?
I have family here and Dallas was the kind of city I was looking for to further my career. There is inspiration around every corner and the market is teaming for more growth.

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region?
I chose Preston Center to open my business because it is a major hub of Dallas. Located near the crossroads of two major thoroughfares and easily accessed from the toll road and 75 makes it a breeze to get to. There are a ton of fantastic restaurants, places to shop, and spas for extra pampering.

Where do you go and what do you do on the weekends or days off?
I spend a lot of time on the Katy Trail and at Mutts Canine Cantina. The city is surprisingly dog friendly, so my pup and I venture out to various patios for excellent people watching. I love the Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park. Being a part of the arts community allows me to frequently attend shows at the Opera house and performance halls.

What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it?
I am a retired ballerina, turned entrepreneur. My passion lies in teaching people how to move not only their bodies, but also their lifestyles, relationships, and hearts for the better. Dallas has an avid dance scene and an even more avid fitness scene. I knew that my passion would thrive here because of the nature of the city: fast paced, healthy, fit, and conscious.

Tell us about the work environment here.
Commuting in Dallas can be a challenge, but it is manageable once you learn the ropes. There is a constant sense of hustle, which keeps me motivated to stay on my game.

What is your favorite restaurant in the region?
Mesero… I would eat there everyday if I could.

What is your favorite outdoor activity, and where is your favorite place to do it?
Dog Parks are a priority, and Dallas has several. I am a member at Mutts Canine Cantina, which is a great place to meet people.

What is your favorite festival/event?
The Easter Parade on Turtle Creek is a blast!

Who is your local hero? Why?
I do get starstruck anytime I see Troy Aikman.

Where do you feel you are nearest to your “tribe” in the Dallas Region?
At my studio, The Ballet Burn. My passion has led to the creation of an incredible community of supportive, kind women.

Do you travel often? Is it easier or harder to do here?
I travel a couple times of year and usually fly out of DFW or Love Field. Road tripping to Austin happens several times a year.

Photo Credit: Merissa De Falcis