our Faculty

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faculty

Fiona Cameron-martin

FACULTY & CHILDREN'S COORDINATOR

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

FACULTY

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.

Read a brief Q&A on Shakurah Grumbacher here.

Oly’Anna Harrison

FACULTY

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

FACULTY

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.

Abby maRchessault

FACULTY

Abby Marchesseault hails from Northern Virginia, where she first studied classical dance at The Fairfax Ballet. She graduated with honors in Dance Performance and Applied Physiology from Southern Methodist University before working as a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher in New York City. She has danced, toured with, and choreographed for a variety of contemporary companies in NYC, and had the privilege of performing works by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Danny Buraczeski, Tina Croll, Heidi Latsky, Adam Hougland, Joshua L. Peugh, Ari Mayzick, and Mitzi Adams. She is also a former member of The Connecticut Ballet, where she had the opportunities to perform solo and ensemble works by Michel Fokine, Anna Sokolow, Lila York, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and others. Her own choreography has been presented in New York, Chicago, and Dallas, as well as internationally in Sydney, Australia, and Ubud, Indonesia. Abby has taught both classical and contemporary dance in Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, Panama, Indonesia, and Australia; she is thrilled to relocate to the Michiana area with her husband, and to join the Southold family. 

Shelby vennekotter

FACULTY

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

Brittany hammons

Production Manager

Brittany Hammons is a South Bend native who began training in dance and theater at a young age. After dancing with local companies doing both middle eastern and African Dance while attending IUSB, she took a break to pursue her dream of owning a video production company. Now co-owner of Bokeh Media LLC, she's been working with Southold to film the productions for the past few years and is excited to bring her production skills to the team. 

Laura Skarich

Costume Desginer 

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

Part-Time Staff

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.  

Joanna whitmyer

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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.