2019 Fall Faculty
Jody Dombrowski received his dance education from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was the resident choreographer for the Zodiaque Dance Company. This choreographer and dancer, performed with such notables as the Zodiaque Dance Company, as principle dancer and choreographer; the Greater Buffalo Opera Company, as principle dancer; as well as many televised events. Jody’s love for dance has taken him across the United States, Canada and the Bahamas judging for major competitions and teaching at many conventions and workshops. He has also had the privilege to choreograph for many competitive studios and loves sharing his knowledge and passion for dance to all of his students. His students have won top honors at the regional and national levels of competition. Many are dancing professionally in touring companies, on Broadway, cruise lines, television and movie work throughout the world. He has also been awarded numerous choreography awards for his unique style and creativity. He has choreographed opening numbers for Dance Masters of America where he is also a member, and opening numbers for many national finals. His skills and knowledge of all forms of dance make him a much sought after judge, teacher and choreographer. He has also been the guest teacher for Che Force Dance! The Convention Tour! Featuring Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, winner SYTYCD season 9.
Caitlin Abraham most recently originated the role of "Madame Pruneau" in Susan Stroman's Broadway bounden musical Marie, Dancing Still at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. On stage, Caitlin premiered An American in Paris both in Paris and on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in La Cage aux Folles, then joined the National tour of Chicago the Musical. Ms Abraham has starred as "Cassie" in a A Chorus Line, and has worked with industry leaders including Susan Stroman, Josh Bergasse, Peggy Hickey, Anne Reinking and the Verdon Fosse Legascy. Commercial/TV/FIlm credits include: L'Oreal, The Tony Awards, a featured role in the dance film Salt Water and the Sound of Movie Musicals, a BBC documentary.
Before her musical theater career, Ms Abraham spent seven seasons at Caroline Ballet under Dir. Robert Weiss (NY City Ballet). She achieved the rank of soloist and performed principal roles in masterworks by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jose Limon and Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Caitlin has also performed to benefit organizations including Dancers Responding to AIDS, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Amnesty International.
Among others, Ms Abraham has coached Tony-nominee Ariana DeBose, NYCDA National Finals winner Sarah Pippen and pop star Lauryn Hill. Her teaching credits include: Broadway Dance Center, Marymount Manhattan College, the trainee programs at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary, Alvin Ailey, NYC Dance Alliance, Educational Performance Tours, Dance Educators of America, On Stage New York, Showstopper, Broadway Workshop and Dance Masters of America.
For more, please visit www.caitlinabraham.com
Calin Radulescu is originally from Bucharest, Romania. His passion for the arts started at 5 years old, when he was admitted into the George Enescu School Fine Arts, studying piano. When Calin turned 10 years of age, he enrolled into the ballet program, beginning his training with his mother, Elena Radulescu. Over the next nine years, studying under several teachers, he acquired excellent technique and knowledge of this performing art. During high school, he became part of “Ensemble Dor” with which he toured USA, France and Italy. At the same time he became an apprentice with the Romanian National Ballet. Upon graduation, 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, Calin travelled to Germany, dancing for the Kaiserslautern Pfaltz-Theater. In 1999 he was invited to join Cincinnati Ballet, while in 2001 he accepted a position with Tulsa Ballet. In 2002 he called Grand Rapids his home and started dancing and teaching for Grand Rapids Ballet, completing ten years of professional career. During this time he performed soloist and principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, La fill mal gardee, Don Quijote, Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Carmen, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Coppelia, Belling the Slayer, Scheherazade, Gift of the Magi.
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 has created a few successful ballets, such as: “Carmen”, “Tango Ballet”, “The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night”, “Later On”, “Reflection”. During his tenure at GVSU, he became the founder and Associate Artistic Director for the Great Lakes Youth Ballet Company, choreographing full length classical ballets like “The Nutcracker” and “Coppelia”. Calin has also taught at numerous schools and summer intensive programs during this period.
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” by Ion Tugearu, “Rhapsody” by Sir F. Ashton, “Espada” from “Don Quixote”, “Birbanto” in “Le Corsaire”, “Gurn” in “La Sylphide”, “Widow Simon” from “La fill mal gardee” by Sir F. Ashton and “The husband” in the ballet “Women” by Gheorghe Iancu. He also had the chance to work first hand with Alina Cojocaru, Ethan Stiefel, Xander Perish, Osiel Gouneo among others.
In 2016, Calin returns to the U.S.A. accepting the position of Interim Artistic Director with Southold Dance Theater. The same year, he was invited to be part of the “Fall For Dance Festival” at New York City Center in New York City, where he had the opportunity to make an appearance in the ballet “Marguerite and Armand” and also guest teach for the Sarasota Ballet.
Under Calin’s Artistic Leadership, Southold Dance Theater had the opportunity to invite great guest artists, such as: Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Charles Askegard, Nehemiah Kish, Yuhui Choe, Anna Liceica, Simone Messmer, Renato Penteado, Jenna Johnson, Daniel Precup, Giuseppe Canale, among others.
During his leadership, Southold also secured the honor of being named “ 2017 Outstanding School of the Year” award, at the internationally renown competition “Youth America Grand Prix”, in Chicago.
Many of his students are being accepted into internationally renown Summer Intensive and yearly programs, such as School of American Ballet, Huston Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Pensilvania Ballet School, Grand Rapids Ballet School, Alvin Alley American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater. Some of his graduate students can be seen today dancing for professional companies like: New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet 2, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Tucson,
Louisville Ballet, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, Nevada Ballet, among others.
Star Dixon is an assistant director, choreographer, and original principal dancer of world renowned tap company, MADD Rhythms. She has taught and performed at the most distinguished tap festivals in the country including The L.A. Tap Fest, DC Tap Fest, RIFF Dallas, Chicago Human Rhythm Project's Rhythm World, and MADD Rhythms own Chicago Tap Summit. She’s taught and performed internationally in Poland, Japan, and Brazil to name a few. Outside of MADD Rhythms, she's performed as a guest with such companies as Michelle Dorrance's Dorrance Dance and as apart of Savion Glover’s All Funk’d Up. Star is currently on staff at numerous dance studios, schools, and a teen arts program called After School Matters.