Calin 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 20113, 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, Calin calls South Bend his home, alongside his wife, Fiona Cameron-Martin.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Margetts began her career at the Joffrey Ballet at the age of eleven. Ms. Margetts left the Joffrey Ballet and accepted a scholarship to the School of American Ballet in New York City at the Lincoln Center. Ms. Margetts was a principal dancer with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild and has also appeared on and off Broadway in many musicals, which led her to several television specials in New York and Miami.
Director of Operations
Diana Green volunteered for 20 years before joining Southold as the Director of Operations. She has chaperoned, applied make-up, “dressed” dancers and escorted them to and from the stage. She brings to Southold a degree in Business Administration, 14 years of management experience, 12 years of children’s programming, seven years of program administration and six years as a member of Southold’s Board. She also brings a deep love of Ballet and much respect for those who spend hours, days, years, and lifetimes perfecting their art.
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.
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.