Veronica Rog brings ten years of professional experience in development, community outreach, engagement, grant writing, and advancement with nonprofit 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 Principal 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.
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.
Oly’Anna Harrison began dancing at Southold in 2011 and had the opportunity to study under many renowned guest artists including Ethan Stiefel and Michael Vernon. During her time as a student at Southold, she danced in 14 productions, various summer performances, and competed in the 2016 and 2017 YAGP regionals. Miss Oly started teaching in 2016 and has taught ballet classes to 3–15-year-olds. She enjoys watching her students grow and improve and is thankful for the opportunity to continue dancing and teaching. She and her husband now live in Michigan with their two sons.
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.
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.
Laura Skarich began designing and creating costumes for Southold Dance Theater over three decades ago. In addition to that role, she has been a backstage presence for many years serving in a variety of positions including a make-up artist, Children’s Coordinator for The Nutcracker production, and Company Assistant, serving the needs of several Artistic Directors of Southold Dance Theater. Over the years Laura has created costumes for productions such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Swan Lake, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Carnival of the Animals. Laura is very pleased to be back working with Calin Radulescu and the current staff of Southold. In addition to being a part of Southold Dance Theater, Laura is the costume designer and creator for A&A Ballet in Chicago.
She stays active with her own alterations and clothing repair business. She, also, enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and five grandchildren.
LaRena Stuckwisch has been a long-time parent volunteer for Southold, which has enabled her to revisit her joy of theater and performance that she enjoyed as a child (drama, speech, and show choir). She appreciates the opportunity to assist in various capacities (costuming, hair and make-up, props, backstage) in order to witness the beauty, strength, joy, and goodness of ballet within her community and beyond.
LaRena is a wife to Rev. Rick Stuckwisch, homeschooling mom of ten children and "Grammie" of 14.
Rachel Thomas started dancing at the age of five and trained at Southold Dance Theater for 7 years. While at Southold, 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 Vernon, 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, trained at the Open Jar Institute in New York, and has worked 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 roles 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.