His parents were competing in the Senior age category and they decided to take him to a Social Dancing school, but Martino did not enjoy it there because he could not find the traditional Italian dance really interesting. He thought it did not suit him and that he could not express himself. However, later that same year, he went to another dance school which offered competitive dancing, and he liked it much more. There were more kids there and he liked the social aspect of it as well. At that time, he was doing many things like playing piano and karate, but decided to stop everything else and concentrate on dancing only.
Together with partner Elisa Nasato, Martino represented the country of Italy. During the years of their partnership, they achieved many high results. In 1998, they made the Final at the IDSF World Youth Latin Championships in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, became semi-finalists at the 1999 Under 21 Latin British Open, as well as 2-time finalists of the British Open in the Youth Latin Championship in 2000 and 2001. Their last competition together was actually the 2001 Blackpool Dance Festival. Soon afterwards, Martino found his soul mate, not only for dance, but for life.Michelle Abildtrup had split with her dancing partner and was searching for a new one. So, her teacher at the time, Lene James, and Martino's teacher, Caroline Smith, spoke to each other and thought that a try-out between the two could be a good idea. And so they went to dance together for twelve years!
It was in 2001 when Michelle traveled to Italy to try out with Martino. There was never any doubt in her mind that it would not work because there was a good chemistry between them from the very beginning. They could dance together straight away. Of course, they wanted confirmation from their teachers, so they had some lessons with Martino's teacher after which Martino then came to the German Open where the two tried again with Michelle's teacher. So, now they had a confirmation from both sides, but for Martino and Michelle it "clicked" straight away. They were both 20 years old when they started dancing together. They knew each other from dancing competitions as they were both traveling a lot already, competing around the world. However, they never really spoke to each other before.
At this time, Martino's parents were actually pushing him a little bit to stop dancing because at that time, he had to decide if he wanted to go to a University or continue his dancing career. His mom always thought that being a lawyer was much better and a more reliable career than being a dancer. However, Martino went a little bit against what his parents felt. He had support from them anyway but it was good to show them that he made the right decision in the end.
Nonetheless, the couple managed great results in 10 Dance. Not only did they become 2-time Danish 10 Dance Champions (2003 - 2004), but they also became the UK Open 10 Dance Champions in the Amateur division in 2004.
When asked about what is the most important in dancing, whether it be technique, music, or something else, Martino replied:
On October 12, 2013 Martino and Michelle took their first Professional WDSF World Latin title in Ostrava, Czech Republic. They also became WDSF PD Super Grand Prix Latin Champions in Stuttgart at the German Open Championships (GOC) as well as WDSF European Latin Champions. Their last competition of their competitive career was in December of 2014 where they secured their second Professional Latin title in their representing country of Denmark in the city of Horsens.Michelle got married, and in 2017, their son was born. Currently, they are instructors as well as lecturers at various seminars and camps throughout the world. They are both also National Danmarks Sportdanserforbund Adjudicators as well as WDSF Licensed Adjudicators.
- 2-time WDSF World Professional Latin Champion (2013 - 2014)
- WDSF European Professional Latin Champion (2014)
- 2-time German Open Championships (GOC) WDSF PD Super Grand Prix Latin Champion (2013 - 2014)
- Danish National Professional Latin Champion (2013)
- WDSF PD Latin World Cup Champion (2013)
- WDSF PD Latin European Cup Champion (2013)
- UK Open Professional Rising Star Latin Champion (2013)
- 6-time Danish National Amateur Latin Champion (2007 - 2012)
- 5-time WDSF World Amateur Latin Finalist (2008 - 2012)
- 5-time WDSF European Amateur Latin Finalist (2008 - 2012)
- 4-time German Open Championships (GOC) Amateur Latin WDSF GrandSlam Finalist (2009 - 2012)
- International Championships Amateur Latin Vice-Champion (2011)
- 2-time Blackpool Dance Festival Amateur Latin Finalist (2010 - 2011)
- 3-time UK Open Amateur Latin Finalist (2009 - 2011)
- UK Open Amateur 10 Dance Champion (2004)
- 2-time Danish National 10 Dance Champion (2003 - 2004)
- IDSF World Amateur 10 Dance Finalist (2002)
- 2-time British Open Youth Latin Finalist (2000 - 2001)
- Under 21 Latin British Open Semi-Finalist (1999)
- IDSF World Youth Latin Championship Finalist (1998)