Youth American Grand Prix 2020
Eleven Southold dancers participated in the 2020 Regional Youth America Grand Prix competition in Indianapolis, March 5-8. YAGP is a prestigious International Ballet competition with 25 regional locations and eight international locations that include 12,000 dancers annually. Eight of Southold’s dancers competed in a total of 11 solo variations in classical and contemporary dance. Southold Dance Theater is proud to announce that Frederick Stuckwisch took 1st Place in the Men’s Senior Classical Division and Ben Zusi placed 2nd. Both of these young men were invited to compete in the International Finals in NYC (which has subsequently been canceled.) Southold’s ensemble of eight dancers placed in the Top 6 in the Ensemble Division. On the basis of their YAGP performance, these ensemble dancers were all offered positions, with no auditions necessary, in a Summer Intensive Program in Tampa, Florida. Southold takes great pride in our dancers’ accomplishments and in their deportment at the competition as they supported and valued each other and their competitors.
Congratulations to our YAGP Participants
Ainsley Hennel, Jillian Henning, Kendra Mohnke, Regina Murphy, Sophie O’Brien, Olivia Ritschard, Mia Sheppard, Frederick Stuckwisch, Teagan Wright, Ben Zusi, and Julia Zusi.
Southold names new executive director
Southold Dance Theater welcomes Veronica Kozelichki as Executive Director. As Executive Director, Kozelichki will lead engagement initiatives, community partnerships, development efforts, and oversee programming, performances, and long-range vision for the organization.
Kozelichki brings ten years of professional experience in development, community outreach, engagement, grant writing and advancement with not-for-profit organizations, and a passion for the arts, children’s enrichment programs, and community engagement. She holds a Master of Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University Bloomington and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese and Film, Television, Theater from University of Notre Dame.
“Ms. Kozelichki is an outstanding addition to Southold Dance Theater and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. We are thrilled to have her step into this important leadership position.” said board President Chantelle Snyder.
Most recently, Ms. Kozelichki served as Chief Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, supervising fundraising, strategic alliances, and programming. Kozelichki is a graduate of the Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka Signature Program class 46.
Please join us in welcoming Veronica to the Southold community!