Our Story

Founded in 1996 by current Artistic Director, Kathleen Rathbun and a dedicated group of volunteers, Syracuse City Ballet, Inc. is the only professional ballet company serving the Central New York community. We create family-oriented entertainment while offering opportunities for local professional, pre-professional, and student dancers to perform classical and premiere works with national and international guest artists.

A vibrant arts community encourages collaboration, instills local pride, draws people together, and is essential to a community’s vitality. Syracuse City Ballet contributes to the richness of Central New York’s cultural palette by providing a “big city” ballet presence. Our growth from a small grass-roots venture to a professional quality ballet has secured ballet as a dance presence in Central New York.