First there was a school, and then there was a company.


Founded in 1997 by 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.

The company’s repertoire includes ballets such as: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Snow White, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet. As well as presenting choreography in multiple performances such as: the Armory Square Candlelight Series, La Traviata, Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, Vision of Sounds Series, Regina F. Goldenberg Cultural Series, CNY Mode Fashion Show, CRAVE, Syracuse Fringe Festival and more!