Special Guest Dancers
Claire Rathbun: Claire Rathbun from Syracuse, New York began her training at Ballet and Dance of Upstate NY under the direction of Kathleen Rathbun. During her many years there, she performed soloist roles in several Syracuse City Ballet productions including Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Dracula. Rathbun has attended summer sessions at The School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and most recently, American Ballet Theatre on scholarship. At age 16, she continued her training at The Rock School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she was taught and mentored by directors Bo and Stephanie Spassof, Mariaelena Ruiz, Justin Allen, Jennifer Wheat and Natasha Zeiger. While at the Rock School, she performed at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix and received the silver medal for the Black Swan Pas de Deux in the NYC Finals. Rathbun also received the bronze medal in the World Ballet Competition in 2013 and 2014. After leaving the Rock School, Claire spent two year with the Washington Ballet, before moving to New York where she was cast as Victoria the White Cat in CATS on Broadway. As a Guest Artist and Performer, Claire has performed all over the US to much acclaim.
Jake Casey: Jake Casey was born in Syracuse, New York, where he began his training with Kathleen Rathbun at the Syracuse City Ballet. He then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to train on scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education. During his summers, he studied on scholarship with the Boston Ballet and at the Chautauqua Institution. In the 2013-2014 Season Casey danced as a corps de ballet member with Ballet Idaho, and as an Artist with Lauren Edson & Dancers . Under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos, he performed principal and soloist roles. In Summer of 2014, Jake joined the Cincinnati Ballet, where he danced as a corps de ballet member until Spring of 2017. With Cincinnati he performed in ballets by: Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Val Caniparoli, Viktor Plotnikov, Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Trey McIntyre, Edwaard Liang, Jennifer Archibald, Adam Houghland, and many others. Casey danced at the National Choreographer’s Initiative in Irvine, CA. In Summer of 2017, Casey moved to Europe to dance with the Estonian Theatre Vanemuine. While with Estonia he performed Soloist and Principal parts in Creations by some Europe’s most sought after choreographers. Choreographically, Jake has been commissioned by several companies to create new works. He has been commissioned by Cincinnati Ballet three times, Metamorphosis Dance Company(Trinidad), Pulse Dance Company( Alaska), and Stalder Dance(UK), to name a few. His work placed second at the Reverbdance Festival in NYC. Jake is also a member of the commercial dance world, where he is represented by DDO the Movement. Casey was a 2013 NYC Finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix. He also competed nationally as a Level 10 gymnast with USA Gymnastics, where he was an academic All-American. As a Guest Teacher and Artist, Jake has instructed and danced at institutions around the world.