In the 1970’s and 80’s, JoAnn Barkes 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 these prominent companies, JoAnn danced in many of the 50 states, Canada, and Europe. She has worked with some of the most celebrated people in the ballet world including: Frederic Franklin, Leonide Massine, John Butler, Patricia Wilde, and Erik Bruhn. JoAnn created the role of Juliet in Lorenzo Monreal’s Romeo and Juliet for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 1979, she won a bronze medal in the senior women’s division of the First International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
Since arriving in Michiana, JoAnn Barkes has been active as a teacher, choreographer and coach. She served as ballet mistress, later co-artistic director at Southold Dance Theater during a period of rapid growth for that organization. JoAnn’s students were accepted to summer ballet programs such as Boston Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, and San Francisco Ballet School. Two of her students were accepted to the Suzanne Farrell Summer Dance Program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (which only accepts 32 students per session). In 1998, JoAnn worked with Maestro Tsung Yeh on stage for the symphony’s school shows educating children on music and dance.
Fiona Cameron-Martin started her training at the age of 5 in Hong Kong with her mother 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 being taught by Irina and Sergei Konstantinov, Ai-Gul Gaisina, Margaret Wilson, Slava Zalomski, Tristan Message, Lynette Wills, Michela Kirkaldie, Xiuyun Tang, Jiahong Wang, Lisa Pavane, Leigh Rowles and Marilyn Rowe. Then she left the Australian Ballet School and had 2 years intensive training with 2 Russian teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet, Yulia and Maxim Vasilyev. After graduation Fiona moved to Europe to pursur her dream of dancing and she got a contract with the Romanian National Ballet. She was vey fortunate to be able to dance some featured roles under the direction of Johan Kobborg like, Solo Slave in Le Corsaire, 4 couples in Classical Symphony, 4 couples in DSCH, Themes and Variations, Petit Mort, Pas de six in La Sylphide, Cleopatra in Faust, 4 Courtesans in Manon, and In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. She was also fortunate enough 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 Sansom and Karl Burnett.
Fiona has now moved to America and is excited to continue her pursuit of dancing and is excited to be part of the faculty and to nurture the young and talented dancers we have in Southhold alongside her Fiancee Calin.
Zoé Curry is a South Bend native that found her love for dance at the age of 13; although being a late bloomer to the dance world, she has been able to train in Ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, tap, African, praise, and poms. Zoe was a part of the Clay High School Poms team all throughout her high school career, and also a fine arts dance major at Clay High School. Becoming a co-captain her senior year she was able to gain many awards at NDA dance camps, becoming an All-American NDA dancer, getting a 3rd place medal in a solo competition and winning the state championship competition jazz team. Zoe is in her second year of college at Indiana University South Bend. She is an Early Education Major with a dance minor. In addition to teaching at Southold, Zoe performs with the IU Dance Company, IU African dance troop, and IU Tap Kickline.
Shakurah Grumbacher was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but spent many of her early years traveling. Ms. Grumbacher began dancing at the age of six. She was soon 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. Ms. Grumbacher attended Rockford College where she was a dance major. There she expanded her arts experience by participating in several plays, singing in the Women’s Choir and performing in the Arts Department Showcase. While in Rockford, Ms. Grumbacher was a Rockford Lightning Silver Streak, a cheerleader for a semi-pro basketball team. After leaving Rockford, Ms. Grumbacher moved to Chicago where she taught hip-hop, jazz and modern. In 2003, Ms. Grumbacher relocated to Indiana where she headed up Penn High School’s Marching Band Movement Program, where she led the color guard to their first state title. For the past three years, Ms. Grumbacher has been working with John Glenn’s High School Color Guard and teaching dance.
Originally from Green Bay Wisconsin, 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 the 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. In 2000 she got hired as lead dancer for Carnival Cruise Lines, and was honored to be in the inaugural casts of the Conquest in 2002, and the Valor in 2004. In 2006 she was promoted to Dance Captain in which she was in charge of teaching, staging, and rehearsing all of the shows, as well as maintaining all costumes and props for multi million dollar production shows. These shows embodied all styles of dance, mostly Broadway, Vegas style, and jazz. She did this on over 12 different Carnival ships for 13 years, visiting many exotic ports of call and performing nightly in front of thousands. Tara retired from Carnival in 2013, after her 15 year professional dance career, and completed her comprehensive BASI Pilates teacher training. She currently teaches Pilates Reformer, Mat, and private equipment classes at Beyond Zen in Granger, ICE Athletic Center in Mishawaka, and ballet, jazz, and contemporary at Citadel Dance and Music Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She is very honored to be invited to be a part of the Southold faculty.
Susan Margetts began her career as a child model in New York City. She appeared in numerous print ads as well as commercials and runway shows. Ms. Margetts continued to model until her acceptance into the Joffrey Ballet at the age of eleven. She studied and performed with the Joffery II in New York City for two years. Ms. Margetts left the Joffery Ballet and accepted a scholarship to the School of American Ballet in New York City at the Lincoln Center. During her Time with the American Ballet she studied under such renowned teachers as Alexandra Danilova, Muriel Stewart, Suki Shore and Suzanne Farrell. Ms. Margetts was a principal dancer with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild for five years. Her performances include The Nutcracker, Dance of the Hours, an original ballet by the late Harry Asmus called “Rhoda Roda”, as well as many classics. Ms. Margetts has also appeared on and off Broadway in many musicals which led her to several television specials in New York and Miami. For many years now Susan has been passing on her knowledge to students in South Bend, New York, New Jersey and California.
Shannon Porowski began dancing at age five in a musical and continued her love of dance appearing in many musicals, as well as dance and show choir performances at Penn High School. She continued her dance education at IU South Bend where she will earn a Dance Minor along with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2016. At IU South Bend, she has performed with the IUSB Tap Kickline and IUSB Dance Company numerous times. She has performed many solo, duet, and group roles in these companies. Shannon motivates her students with her fun and uplifting personality. She is very excited to be a part of the Southold Faculty.
Jenny Claire Smith began taking ballet lessons at the age of four and has continued her dance training for the past eighteen years. A Georgia native, Jenny took classes in classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and modern at Dance Arts, Inc., in Valdosta, Georgia, where she also served on the studio faculty in the Primary division as well as an assistant instructor in the Advanced division. Jenny has taken master classes and summer intensives from Valery Lantratov, Francis Patrelle, Jeffrey Rockland, Joan Buttram, and Jay Jernigan. She also completed over twenty-five credit hours of elective coursework in ballet, pointe, and tap in the Department of Dance at Valdosta State University where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, summa cum laude, as well as a Master of Arts degree in History. She moved to South Bend in Fall 2015 to begin a PhD in early modern British history at the University of Notre Dame. This is Jenny’s second year as faculty at Southold.