Jake Casey is a New York based Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Actor. He 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 at the Rock School for Dance Education, where he is now on the Permanent Guest Faculty. During his summers, he studied with the Boston Ballet and at the Chautauqua Institution. In the 2013-2014 Season, Casey danced as a corps de ballet member with Ballet Idaho. Under the artistic direction of Peter Anastos, he performed principal and soloist roles.
In Summer of 2014, Jake joined the Cincinnati Ballet, where he danced as a corps de ballet member until Spring of 2017. With Cincinnati he performed in ballets by: Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Val Caniparoli, Viktor Plotnikov, Victoria Morgan, Septime Webre, Trey McIntyre, Edwaard Liang, Jennifer Archibald, Adam Houghland, and many others. Casey danced at the National Choreographer’s Initiative in Irvine, CA. In Summer of 2017, Casey moved to Europe to dance with the Estonian Theatre Vanemuine. While in Estonia, he performed Soloist and Principal parts in creations by some Europe’s most sought after choreographers.
Choreographically, Jake has been commissioned by several companies to create new works. He has been commissioned by Cincinnati Ballet three times, Metamorphosis Dance Company(Trinidad), Pulse Dance Company( Alaska), San Jose Dance Thetare, and Stalder Dance(UK), to name a few. His work placed second at the Reverbdance Festival in NYC. On Television, Jake appeared on America’s Got Talent & So You Think You Can Dance. He was a 2013 NYC Finalist for the Youth American Grand Prix. He also competed nationally as a Level 10 gymnast with USA Gymnastics, where he was an academic All-American. As a Guest Teacher and Artist, Jake has instructed and danced at institutions around the world. Jake is thrilled to be back with San Jose Dance Theatre to perform in the Nutcracker!