Guest Artists for Aladdin
Claire Rathbun grew up in Syracuse, NY with her wonderful family. She trained until the age of 16 at Ballet and Dance of Upstate NY and under the direction of Kathleen Rathbun. Claire performed in numerous full-length ballets with Syracuse City Ballet. For her senior year of high school, she was accepted to the Rock School for Dance education where she spent two years on scholarship. While dancing at Rock she won the Silver medal in the Youth American Grand Prix for the Black Swan Pas de Duex, where she performed in the Opera House of Lincoln Center in New York City. She also won the Bronze medal at the World Ballet Competition in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 she was offered a spot in the Washington Ballet StudioCompany in Washington D.C, where she performed for two years. Claire currently resides in New York City where she made her Broadway debut in Little Dancer directed by Susan Stroman. Claire just closed performing as Victoria the White Cat in Cats on Broadway. Claire is thrilled to return as an Alumni for Syracuse City Ballet.
2 Ring Circus is a theatrical circus company specializing in creating aerial and ground circus for all manner of requests. They have created 3 original shows that have toured the United States and China and they also collaborate with other top companies and directors to interject their particular brand of storytelling circus into their productions. They are under the leadership of Artistic Director/Choreographer Joshua Dean. A few collaborations: The Wizard Of Oz - Syracuse Stage, Godspell - Arkansas Rep, Forum - Geva Theatre, The Ghosts of Versailles - LA Opera, The Little Mermaid - Arkansas Rep/Cape Fear Regional Theatre, The Tempest - Hartford Stage, Carnival! - Goodspeed Opera House, Annie Get Your Gun - Fulton Theatre. www.2ringcircus.com. Follow us: @2ringcircus (Instagram & Facebook) and @2ringcircus1 (Twitter)
Lani Corson began her career as a musical theatre performer, traveling the country and the world singing and dancing, but an introduction to Aerial Arts prompted a career shift. As a co-founder of 2 Ring Circus she now works as an aerialist and instructor, performing on cruise ships, in corporate and nightlife events, as well as returning to the theatre to help create circus and aerial work for musical theatre. www.lanicorson.com @lkcorson
Joshua Dean started his career as a dancer and musical theater performer where he worked with such dance legends as Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Now he has spent 15 years to become one of the best circus performers in NYC, is cofounder of 2 Ring Circus and cofounder and instructor of Aerial Arts NYC. He has traveled the world creating aerial and circus work for theater, opera, cruise ships, nightclubs and corporate events. www.aerialjosh.com @aerialjosh
Guest Artists for The Nutcracker
Lia Cirio began her training at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre with Lori Ardis. She went on to train at the Central Pennsylvania youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary and Darla Hoover, where she also studied privately with Theresa Crawford and Rafael Grigorian. At age 16, Cirio was awarded a Level One award from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist. She was also awarded the top scholarship and Founders' Award presented by Barbara Weisberger at the Regional Dance America Festival. The same year, she was invited by Mikko Nissinen to join Boston Ballet II, and was Boston Ballet's Princess Grace Nominee for 2004. She was promoted to Boston Ballet's corps de ballet in 2004, to second soloist in 2006, and to soloist in 2007. From 2008-2009, Cirio toured with Trey McIntyre Project, performing throughout the U.S. and the world. She danced principal roles in a number of McIntyre's works. She returned to Boston Ballet for the 2009-2010 season and was named principal dancer in 2010. She has been hailed as "one of the most accomplished actress-dancers in the company" by The Patriot Ledger and as "an outstanding performer with tremendous stage presence" during Boston's tour to Spain.
Paul Craig, of Manistee, Michigan started his training with Deb Knight at the Conservatory of Dance and with Jefferson Baum at the Blue Lake Fine Arts camnp. He was invited to train at the Virginia School of hte Arts with Petrus Bosman and Tyrone Brooks under a full scholarship. After graduating, he spent a year in Boston Ballet School as a trainee before being hired into Boston Ballet II and was promoted in the corps the following year. Craig has performed in numerous galas and schools around the U.S. including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, World Ballet Competition, and Cape Cod Dance Festival. In Boston Ballet's off season, he performs with the Cirio Collective and teaches in ballet schools around the country.
Carolina Tavarez began her training in Santiago with Ballet Contempora. In 2008 she came to the United States to study on scholarship at The Washington School of Ballet where she trained with Kee Juan Han and Carlos Valcárcel. Carolina finished in the top 12 at the Youth America Grand Prix in 2009. In 2010 Carolina joined the Washington Ballet’s second company where she performed roles in Anne-Marie Holmes’ Le Corsaire and Don Quixote as well as Septime Weber’s Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker. Carolina was a member of Ballet Arizona from 2011-2016, where she danced in Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Ib Andersen’s Nutcracker and La Bayadere. Carolina has also danced in George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, Serenade, Walpurgisnacht, Episodes and Western Symphony.
Guest Artist for Intimate Evening
American Ballet Theater
Rachel Richardson began her training with John Grensback at the Oregon Ballet Academy and continued her training at the Eugene Ballet Academy under the direction of Toni Pimble. In 2009, she was awarded a scholarship to attend The Rock School for Dance Education's year round program in Philadelphia, under the direction of Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff. While at The Rock School she competed in Youth America Grand Prix and won the silver medal at the New York City finals in 2013. Richardson has received scholarships to multiple summer intensives including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Houston Ballet, Royal Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet.
She has performed classical variations from Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Grand pas Clasique, Giselle, Paquita, Esmeralda, and Swan Lake, as well as works by Susan Jaffe, Antony Tudor, and Bruce Steivel.
In 2013 Richardson joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company under the direction of Kate Lydon. She joined ABT as an apprentice in January 2015 and became a member of the corps de ballet in June 2015. Her repertoire includes Columbine and one of the Nutcracker's Sisters in The Nutcracker and the Fairy Miettes qui tombent (Breadcrumb) and the Gold Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as roles in all of the Company's full-length ballets.