Călin Rădulescu is originally from Bucharest, Romania. His passion for the arts started at age five, when he was admitted into the George Enescu School of Fine Arts, studying piano. When Călin turned ten years old, he enrolled in the ballet program, beginning his training with his mother, Elena Radulescu. Over the next nine years, he studied under several teachers to acquire excellent technique and knowledge of the performing art. During high school, he became part of “Ensemble Dor” with which he toured USA, France and Italy. At the same time, he became an apprentice with the Romanian National Ballet. Upon graduation, he joined the company and was raised to the rank of principal dancer two years later. He toured with the company all over the world, performing in Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Bulgaria and Luxembourg.
In 1998, Călin traveled to Germany, dancing for the Kaiserslautern Pfaltz-Theater. In 1999, he was invited to join Cincinnati Ballet, in 2001 he accepted a position with Tulsa Ballet, and in 2002 he called Grand Rapids his home. There, he began dancing and teaching for Grand Rapids Ballet, completing ten years of a professional career. During this time he performed soloist and principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardée, Don Quixoté, Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Carmen, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Coppélia, Belling the Slayer, Scheherazade, and Gift of the Magi.
In 2004, Călin had the pleasure of becoming an Affiliate Professor of Dance and Ballet Master at Grand Valley State University, where he commenced his career as a choreographer and has created a few successful ballets, such as: “Carmen”, “Tango Ballet”, “The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night”, “Later On”, and “Reflection”. During his tenure at GVSU, he became the founder and Associate Artistic Director for the Great Lakes Youth Ballet Company, choreographing full-length classical ballets like “The Nutcracker” and “Coppélia”. Călin also taught at numerous schools and summer intensive programs during this period.
After fifteen years in the United States, he returned to his home country of Romania to work once more for the Romanian National Ballet, this time as the Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Ballet Master under Johan Kobborg. He also returned to dancing and performed the role of “Vronsky" in the ballet “Anna Karenina” by Ion Tugearu, “Rhapsody” by Sir F. Ashton, “Espada” from “Don Quixote”, “Birbanto” in “Le Corsaire”, “Gurn” in “La Sylphide”, “Widow Simon” from “La Fille Mal Gardée” by Sir F. Ashton, and “The husband” in the ballet “Women” by Gheorghe Iancu. He also had the chance to work, firsthand with Alina Cojocaru, Ethan Stiefel, Xander Perish, and Osiel Gouneo, among others.
In 2016, Călin returned to the U.S.A. accepting the position of Interim Artistic Director with Southold Dance Theater. The same year, he was invited to be part of the “Fall For Dance Festival” at New York City Center in New York City, where he had the opportunity to make an appearance in the ballet “Marguerite and Armand” and also guest teach for the Sarasota Ballet.
Under Călin’s Artistic Leadership, Southold Dance Theater secured the honor of being named “2017 Outstanding School of the Year” award, at the internationally renowned competition “Youth America Grand Prix”, in Chicago.
Today, many of his students are being accepted into internationally renowned Summer Intensive programs, such as School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and American Ballet Theater.
Alongside his wife Fiona, he is happy to call South Bend his new home. He is excited to constantly mold and create accomplished dancers and successful ballet productions for his community.