Guest Dancers for Summer Heat




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 will made her Broadway debut in Little Dancer directed by Susan Stroman. Claire is now performing as Victoria the White Cat in Cats on Broadway. Claire is thrilled to return as an Alumni for Syracuse City Ballet. 




Zachary Downer was a full-time student at the Rock School for Dance Education on full-scholarship. Zachary participated in the most elite ballet competitions in the world, including Youth American Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition. He has also studied under world-renowned ballet instructors, such as; Andrea Kramer, Nancy Turano, Kee Juan Han, Vladimir Djouloukhadze, Stephanie Walz, Elaine Kudo, Justin Allen, Igal Perry, Mariaelena Ruiz, and Bo & Stephanie Spassoff. Before starting at the Rock School, Zachary had formal training in a variety of dance styles. He also trained vocally, while studying acting, and playing the piano. Zachary has been accepted to train at the most prestigious summer intensives in the country, such as; The Washington Ballet, Ballet West, The Rock School, Breaking Barriers (Anthony Burrell), Blueprint (Igal Perry), The Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago. Downer, just after his high school graduation, embarked on his new journey as a commercial dancer. He took a huge step in his career by moving to the center of the nations film and television industry, Los Angeles. That summer of 2015, Zachary was signed to one of the highest ranked talent agencies for entertainment, in the country. Clear Talent Group (CTG). Just recently, Zachary has concluded his first big dance contract with Disney Cruise Line (DCL). Zachary currently resides in New York City where he is starring in Cats on Broadway as Mister Mistoffelees.

Guest Artist for Intimate Evening


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 RaymondaThe NutcrackerGrand pas ClasiqueGiselle, PaquitaEsmeralda, 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.