Calin Radulescu is originally from Bucharest, Romania. There, he began training at the age of ten, joining the Romanian National Ballet School, part of the George Enescu School of the Arts. Over the next nine years of intensive training with several teachers, including his mother Elena Radulescu, he acquired excellent technique and knowledge of the performing art. At the age of fourteen he became part of a pre-professional ensemble with which he toured the USA, France and Italy. At the age of sixteen he became an apprentice with the Romanian National Ballet. At the age of eighteen he joined the company, and was raised to the rank of principal dancer two years later. He toured with the company all over the world, performing in Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Bulgaria and Luxembourg. In 1998 he traveled to Germany, dancing for Pfaltz Theater Kaiserslautern. In 1999 he was invited to join Cincinnati Ballet, then in 2001 he accepted a position with Tulsa Ballet. In 2002, Mr. Radulescu called Grand Rapids his home. There he performed and taught for the Grand Rapids Ballet, completing ten years of his professional career. During this time he performed the principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, La fille mal gardee, Don Quijote, Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Carmen, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Anna Karenina, Coppelia, Belling the Slayer, and Scheherazade. From 2004, Calin had the pleasure to become an Affiliate Professor of Dance and Ballet Master at Grand Valley State University, where he started his career as a choreographer and created a few successful ballets, such as: “Carmen”, “Tango Ballet”, “The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night”, “Later On”, “Reflection”. During his tenure at Grand Valley State University, he became the founder and Associate Artistic Director for the Great Lakes Youth Ballet Company, choreographing numerous classical and contemporary works like “The Nutcracker” and “Coppelia”. Calin has also taught at numerous schools and summer intensive programs during this period. He was commissioned to create new ballets for The Moving Company, such as “Snow White” and “The Present” a world premier, written and choreographed by Calin. After 15 years in the United States, he returned to his home country of Romania to work once more for the Romanian National Ballet, this time as the Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Ballet Master under Johan Kobborg. He also returned to dancing and performed the role of Vronsky, in the ballet “Anna Karenina”, Sir F. Ashton’s “Rhapsody”and Widow Simon in “La fill mal gardee”, The husband in the ballet “Women” by internationally renowned Romanian Choreographer Gheorghe Iancu. He also had the chance to work first hand with Alina Cojocaru, Ethan Stiefel, Xander Perish, Osiel Gouneo and many others. Along the way, Calin also had the opportunity to work with world renown artists like Kirk Peterson, Victoria Morgan, Marcello Angelini, Anthony Randazzo, Elyse Borne, Frederick Franklin, Anna Marie Holmes, Stanton Welch, Erica Fischbach, Patricia Barker, Anna Liceica, Val Caniporoli, Charles Askegard, Diane Van Schoor among others.
JoAnn Barkes, faculty member, began studying ballet with Nicholas Petrov, founding Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Joining PBT from its founding in 1969, she rose to the rank of principal dancer where she performed leading roles in classical and contemporary ballets, such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and the role of Desdemona in John Butler’s Othello. She was featured in Dance Magazine for her role as Juliet, which Lorenzo Monreal created for her. In 1979, JoAnn won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition. Shortly after, she was invited to join the National Ballet of Canada where she performed soloist roles in Erik Bruhn’s Swan Lake and Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty. After JoAnn moved to South Bend in 1985, she began teaching at Southold Dance Theater, serving as ballet mistress, and later co-artistic director during a period of rapid growth at SDT. She had the privilege of seeing her students accepted into prestigious summer programs. Today, she works on the ballet curriculum, teaches ballet for levels III through VII, and rehearses students for productions. For several years, she has been a YAGP coach and choreographer for SDT dancers. While working at SDT, JoAnn was a member of the dance faculty at Saint Mary’s College teaching ballet through 2008. She continues teaching ballet at Notre Dame RecSports. In JoAnn’s spare time, she enjoys ballroom dancing with her husband, Tom. They are proud of their son Kyle, a graduate of Notre Dame, daughter Delainey, a student at IUSB, and son-in- law Coley, a U.S. Marine. Kyle and Delainey are both SDT Party Scene Alums.
Fiona Cameron-Martin started her training at the age of 5 in Hong Kong with her mother Nica Lee, 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. After leaving the Australian Ballet School, Fiona had 2 years intensive training Russian Choreographic Academy under Yulia and Maxim Vasilyev. After graduation Fiona moved to Europe to pursue her dream of dancing. Soon after arriving in London she received a contract with the Romanian National Ballet of Bucharest. She had the pleasure to work under the direction of Johan Kobborg. Fiona had the opportunity to dance soloist roles such as: Solo Slave from “Le Corsaire" by Vasili Medvedev, Four couples from “Classical Symphony” by Yuri Possokhov, Four couples in DSCH by Alexei Ratmansky, Pas de six from “La Sylphide" by Johan Kobborg, Cleopatra from “Faust” by Alexa Mezincescu, Courtesan from “Manon” by Sir Kenneth MacMillan. She also danced in “Themes and Variations” by George Balanchine, “Petit Mort” by Jiri Kylian, and “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated” by William Forsythe, among others. While in Romania Fiona also worked with other great teachers, dancers and choreographers such as Sinner and Yannick Boquin, Ethan Stiefel, Patricia Neary, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Elke Schepers, Thierry Guiderdoni, Stephane Dalle, Gennadi Nedvigin, Bruce Sansom and Karl Burnett. In the fall of 2016, Fiona became part of the faculty at Southold Dance Theater and also serves as a Guest Artist for the company. She is happy to be part of this award winning ballet school and beside her husband Calin, is calling South Bend her new home.
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.
Lauren Melancon, faculty member, grew up dancing and today continues to pursue her passion of dance through sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with her students. Lauren received her minor in dance in addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Saint Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, Indiana and spent a year training at Grand Valley State University under the direction of Jefferson Baum. Lauren recently returned to South Bend after spending 7 years in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2010, she stepped into the role of Co-Owner of DancEast, a new, but rapidly expanding studio in East Nashville. In 2011, Lauren founded the DancEast Workshop, a youth workshop devoted to engaging and exposing young dancers to the art of dance and to help cultivate their lifelong passion for dance and art through classes, performances opportunities, and community engagement. She served as the Director of the Workshop from 2011-2015. Lauren remains engaged with her Nashville dancers and returns as a guest instructor whenever possible. She’s worked with students of all ages in multiple dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Lauren is honored to part of the Southold faculty and is delighted to have an opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of dancers and distinguished faculty.
Mikaela Fleming, faculty member, is an alumna of Southold Dance Theater, and currently teaches Ballet III. Mikaela has trained with Grand Rapids Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is currently teaching with us at SDT, but plans to further her dance career in college next year.
Tara Hennig, faculty member, originally hails from Green Bay Wisconsin and graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time at Butler she started her professional career dancing with the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre formerly known as Indianapolis Dance Company. In 2000 she was hired by Carnival Cruise Lines as lead dancer. In 2006 she was promoted to Dance Captain and was in charge of rehearsing, staging, and also performing in multi million dollar production shows that performed up to 6 different shows per week ranging from Broadway style, Big Band, Vegas , Rock N Roll, and magic shows. In 2013 after 13 years at sea traveling the world she retired and received her comprehensive Pilates instructor training from BASI Pilates in Indianapolis. She is honored to be a part of the Southold faculty!
Hannah Fischer, office manager, is a dance-maker based in South Bend, IN. She holds a BA in Dance, Video, and Women’s Studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana in addition to a Humanistic Studies Degree. Before returning to South Bend, Hannah spent time in St. Louis, MO as the assistant director for Leverage Dance Theater. In this role, she performed with Leverage, working with in house choreographers and guest artists. In 2013, Fischer was an Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and spent two years on faculty with the Now and Next Dance Mentoring Projecting. In 2014, she returned to South Bend and launched Fischer Dance, a modern dance company in South Bend, IN. She is a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.