Veronica 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.
Călin Radulescu is originally from Bucharest, Romania. He began his ballet training at the age of ten, being accepted into George Enescu School of the Arts. At eighteen he joined The Romanian National ballet and two years later he was raised at the rank of Principle Dancer. Mr. Radulescu also danced for Pfaltz Theater Kaiserslautern, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and Grand Rapids Ballet. In 2004, he was appointed as Affiliate Dance Professor at Grand Valley State University, where he spent ten years teaching and creating new works. In 2006, he also became the founder and Associate Artistic Director for the Great Lakes Youth Ballet Company. In 2013, he returned to his home country to become the Assistant Artistic Director and Principle Ballet Master for Romanian National Ballet. During his training and career, he accumulated extensive experience in the ballet art technique, becoming a praised teacher and mentor for professional dancers and ballet students. In August of 2016, Mr. Radulescu became the Interim Artistic Director for Southold Dance Theater. Shortly after, the school was presented with the "2017 Outstanding School Award" by Youth America Grand Prix. Today, Mr. Radulescu calls South Bend his home, alongside his wife, Fiona Cameron-Martin.
JoAnn Barkes has danced some of ballet's most coveted roles as a principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and a soloist with The National Ballet of Canada, with performances throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. She has worked with some of the most celebrated professionals in the ballet world, including: Frederic Franklin, Leonide Massine, John Butler, Patricia Wilde, and Erik Bruhn.
Fiona Cameron-Martin started her training at the age of five in Hong Kong before moving to Australia where she was given a place at the Australian Ballet school. It was there that she received six years of training before moving on for two years of intensive training with Russian teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet, Yulia and Maxim Vasilyev. After graduation, Fiona moved to Europe to pursue her dream of dancing and received a contract with the Romanian National Ballet. She has been fortunate to work with great teachers, dancers, and choreographers such as Sinner and Yannick Boquin, Ethan Stifle, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Yuri Possokhov, Elke Schepers, Thierry Guiderdoni, Stephane Dalle, Gennadi Nedvigin, Patricia Neary, Bruce Samson, and Karl Burnett.
Sharon Gregor's first experience with dance was in a mommy and me class with her daughters. She found great joy and happiness watching her daughters as they discovered their love of ballet. In 2003, she saw her first Nutcracker with her nine month old daughter. Going to see the Nutcracker became a Christmas tradition. She has enjoyed being a volunteer with Southold since 2008. She loves working with all ages of kids, whether in a classroom or backstage. Mrs. Gregor has enjoyed her progression to being a part of the Southold team, and is very excited to be on this beautiful adventure with ballet.
Shakurah Grumbacher began dancing at the age of six and was awarded a scholarship to the Acting Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, California. While attending A. C. T. she studied dance, acting, and improvisational movement. In 2003, Ms. Grumbacher relocated to Indiana where she led Penn High School's Marching Band Movement Program to their first state title. For the past sixteen years, Ms. Grumbacher has been working with John Glenn's High School Color Guard and teaching dance.
Tara Hennig received her BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University in Indianapolis, focusing on classical ballet and pedagogy. During her four years at Butler she performed many soloist roles with Butler Ballet, as well as dancing professionally with Gregory Hancock Dance Theater. With GHDT, she toured Latvia, performing soloist roles in various cities and venues including the Latvian National Opera House in Riga, where she performed for and met the President of Latvia.
Isaac Hollis is from Fort Wayne, IN, and began training with the Fort Wayne Ballet in 2013. Isaac has studied in summer programs at the Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School New York, and the Royal Ballet School program. In 2019 he was promoted from the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company to apprentice with Sarasota Ballet. Some performance credits are Les Patineurs (Ashton), Enigma Variations (Ashton), Diamonds (Balanchine), Western Symphony (Balanchine), Murcia (Graziano).
Antonette Patino began her serious ballet training at the Greater Lansing Ballet Company, under the instruction of Barbara Banasikowski Smith. She became a member of the senior company, and eventually began performing soloist roles. She has received training from many great instructors through Regional Dance America. In 2011, she was accepted into Gelsey Kirkland’s Academy of Classical Ballet summer program in New York City.
Rachel Thomas started dancing at the age of five and trained at Southold Dance Theater for 7 years. She performed in a variety of ballets including Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Coppelia. She has choreographed award-winning dance pieces for the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) and has trained with ballet professionals Michael Verenon, Amy Rose, Victoria and Temur Jaiani, Mariana Laufer, and Philip Broomhead. In college, Rachel began her Musical Theater career as an actress and choreographer and started studying hip hop, ballroom, and tap. She has choreographed for developing musicals and has trained under Broadway dance professionals James Gray, Thayne Jasperson (Hamilton), Becca Peterson (Bandstand), and Angelique Ilo.
Shelby Vennekotter started dancing at the age of five in Colorado at Miller’s Dance Studio. By age 13, Shelby and her family had moved to the Chicagoland area and she started studying dance at Plainfield Dance Academy in Plainfield, IL. Under the direction Altin Naska and instruction from Olena Nalyvaiko Shelby was given many opportunities to travel internationally and participate in many competitions and has won awards and recognition for her dancing. At age 17 she auditioned and was accepted into the Colorado Ballet Studio Company and danced there for two years, where she had the opportunity to perform corps rolls in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Balanchine’s Serenade.
Joanna Whitmyer is a Michigan native who began her dance training in Ballet at the age of six. Studying many other styles ranging from Jazz to Ballroom she discovered movement improvisation and Gaga technique where she began her exploration into her own personal journey of healing and embodiment. She is a true believer in the power and resilience that can come from within the human body and continues her exploration as a company member and choreographer with New Industry Dance Company in South Bend.