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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 Boston Ballet and at the Chautauqua Institution. Casey danced as a corps de ballet member with Ballet Idaho during their 13-14 season. Under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos, he performed principal and soloist roles. Casey was a 2013 NYC Finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix. He also competed nationally as a Level ten gymnast with USA Gymnastics, where he was an academic All-American. Casey joined Cincinnati Ballet in 2014 in the Corps de Ballet. In 2015, he choreographed a piece for the Inaugural Cincinnati Ballet Choreography Workshop. During the Summer of 2015, Casey danced at the National Choreographer’s Initiative in Irvine, CA. As a guest teacher and artist, Jake has instructed and danced at institutions all around the country.
Mary is a second year student at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA. Mary has performed in many Syracuse City Ballet productions including Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and was most recently cast as the “Lilac Fairy” in their production of Sleeping Beauty. She has attended multiple summer intensives including; New York State Summer School of the Arts, The Chautauqua Institute, The Rock School for Dance Education and the Bolshoi Ballet summer intensive in New York City.
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.
Peter Kurta born in Canandaigua, NY, began his ballet training at age 4. In 2006, he continued at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional Division where he trained for 5 years. In 2011, he transferred to The Rock School for Dance Education where he performed soloist roles in Balanchine’s Symphony in C and The Nutcracker. Mr. Kurta began training with Maxim Tchernychev at San Diego Ballet School where he performed principal roles such as Snow King with San Diego Ballet and Cavalier with Encinitas Performance Arts Workshop. Mr. Kurta competed in the San Diego regional Youth American Grand Prix where he placed 3rd for Pas de Deux and 2nd for Senior Men’s Contemporary. He was a member of Tulsa Ballet II for their 2014-15 season, BalletMet for 2015-16, and currently dances for Dayton Ballet.
Kameron is a student at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA. Kameron has performed in many Syracuse City Ballet productions including Snow White, Dracula, Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Nutrcracker and was most recently cast as the “Carabosse” in their production of Sleeping Beauty. She has attended multiple summer intensives including; New York State Summer School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company. Recently she became a Scholarship recipient of “The Carrie Lazarus fund for Extraordinary Talent” and the Jenny Lynn Foundation. At this year’s Youth Grand Prix she placed 3rd in the senior contemporary division. This summer Kameron will be training at the Barcelona de Danza.