Southold Dance Theater's Assistant Artistic Director, Fiona Cameron-Martin
Exemplifies Expertise, Passion for Teaching Ballet
Southold Dance Theatre is pleased to announce that Fiona Cameron-Martin has been appointed to the position of Assistant Artistic Director. Fiona, who joined Southold as faculty member in 2016, will also continue in her roles as the Children’s Coordinator and a faculty member. She also offers private lessons for beginning and pre-professional students. In her position as Assistant Artistic Director, she assists Artistic Director Calin Radulescu with preparing choreography, rehearsals, and presentations of Southold’s annual full-length productions and public performances.
Fiona is eager for success in her new role. Most immediately, she is interested in curriculum development and has a keen sense of incorporating the famous Vaganova Method as a structured and safe way of training dancers. Her long-term vision is to help the school move into a bigger facility and to open a professional training division alongside Southold’s current pre-professional program. Ultimately, Fiona wants her dance students to know the most important lesson of all, “Before you achieve, you must believe in yourself!”
Fiona credits her own pre-professional ballet training with world-renowned performers for developing a deep commitment to her craft. As a child in Hong Kong and Australia, she began dancing seriously at the young age of five and was surrounded by professional dancers throughout her youth as she trained as a scholarship student with the Australian Ballet School. She recalls the moments of intensity and difficulty during these years as being the primary fuel for her lifelong passion for dance. “That feeling you get when you step on stage is still one of the best feelings in the world,” Cameron-Martin said. With her passion ignited, she realized a career in professional dance would be her path.
After graduation, she journeyed to Europe and performed in galas all over London as a member of the New English Ballet Theater. Later, she danced for the Opera National Bucharesti (Romanian National Ballet in Bucharest) and had the tremendous opportunity to work under Artistic Director Johan Kobborg, a world-renowned choreographer and principal dancer with the "Royal Danish Ballet" and the "Royal Ballet of London.” Through many high-profile solo and couples performances, she established deep connections to the work of faculty members who spent time to train her. She learned the importance of confidence, tenacity, and developed a love of ballet that did not end on the stage. “If you truly want to succeed as a dancer, you need to dedicate yourself to this art form,” Fiona said. In her teaching, she recommends students learn the music, history, and profiles of legendary dancers in addition to mastering technical training and positions like the tendu and plie.
Inspired by the elite training she received from childhood through her professional career in Europe, she became more interested in passing on knowledge to youth and quickly developed a passion for teaching. Fiona Cameron Martin joined Southold Dance Theater in South Bend, Indiana as a faculty member in 2016. It didn’t take long for her to realize that, “The students can do anything. They are resilient and strong. If you give them enough time they will blow your expectations away!” At Southold Dance Theater, as the Children’s Coordinator, she operates under the philosophy that children can and should learn how to work professionally from a young age and these values will lead them to success in dance, or any other career path they choose.
But for Fiona, dance is more than a serious career, it’s fun too. She believes that part of growing in skill means having the patience to improve and having fun with yourself along the way. Like many new moms, Fiona is devoted to making life fun for both her students and her infant daughter. In a life devoted to dance, she also enjoys summers in the sunshine, the beach, cycling, and everything related to spending time with her family.
We’re Still Dancing! Student classes live-streaming on ZOOM!
Southold has extended the suspension of in-studio classes and activities through the remainder of the spring semester May 16.
Our faculty will continue to bring live-stream classes for creative/primary-ballet — level VIII to help dancers keep up their technique and conditioning. Classes are free to any student who was enrolled at Southold at the time of the March 13 closure.
For more information, contact Joanna@southolddance.org
Free Community Ballet Class Streaming on Facebook and Instagram
In an effort to keep the community safe and happy as well as to continue promoting the arts, Southold is streaming FREE Instagram and Facebook LIVE series. Join our Beginner/Intermediate Ballet Barre and Stretch class Saturdays from noon–1p.m., taught by faculty member Fiona Cameron-Martin. You don’t need to be a dancer or have previous training. All you need is some space to move around and something to hold onto for support!
This class will help you be active, and leave you feeling lengthened and strong!
John Krsul, Jr. presents Pokagon Grant to Southold
Kohn Krsul, Jr., Interim Executive Director of The Pokagon Fund, stopped by Southold's Summer Intensive on June 17 to present a check to Calin Radulescu, artistic director, and Diana Green, director of operations. Southold Dance Theater is grateful for our partnership with The Pokagon Fund. The generosity of this fund allows Southold to share the magic of the Nutcracker with the Harbor Country Community.
THANK YOU POKAGON FUND!!
Southold Dancer, Paul Zusi, was awarded 1st place in the Senior Men’s Classical category and 3rd place in the Senior Men’s Contemporary category at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals in Indianapolis. Paul was invited to attend the final round of competition in New York, one of 550 dancers that were selected from a total field of 12,000. At the Finals competition, there is a very important aspect of scholarships and contract offers from professional companies around the country and the world. Several companies were very interested in Paul. He was offered the following opportunities: a Studio Company contract with Sarasota Ballet, a Studio Company contract with Alberta Ballet (Canada), a full tuition scholarship trainee position with the San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West and Orlando Ballet. Paul will spent the summer dancing at Boston Ballet’s Summer Intensive and was promoted to Boston Ballet 2.
Southold is very proud of Paul Zusi’s accomplishments and we wish him well as he pursues his dream as a professional dancer.
Southold Brings Home the Following Awards
from Youth America Grand Prix 2019
First Place Senior Classical
Third Place Senior Contemporary
Third Place Senior Classical
Top 12 Junior Classical
Southold’s ensembles, Bubble Wrap and Conversations, were invited to
the NYC Finals!
Congratulations 2019 YAGP Participants!
Fionna Barber, Grace Brennan, Ellie Curtis, Hannah Gregor, Megan
Gregor, Ashlyn Hammond, Maggie Harold, Ainsley Hennel, Jillian
Henning, Lauren Holloman, Kylie Hyson, Trinity Koch, Olenka Krostenko,
Arryngton Ladd, Alexis Metoyer, Brieann Neill, Suzanne Nickell, Brigid
Reilly, Olivia Ritschard, Mia Sheppard, Maddalena Stroik, Angela
Thomas, Theresa Thomas, Nina Widerquist, Teagan Wright,
Isabelle Yoder, Ben Zusi, Julia Zusi and Paul Zusi
Southold Remembers Scott Osthimer
The Southold family mourns the loss of Scott Osthimer on June 3, 2019. Scott was a dedicated Southold Dance Theater performer, supporter and board member for many years. His last performance with Southold was the role of Von Rothbart in Swan Lake. He is remembered as a kind soul who enjoyed working with the Southold dancers and they with him.
Our condolences go to Scott’s family. May you find comfort knowing that he was loved and respected by the Southold family.