Columbia native Claire Richards Rapp grew up studying dance at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance under the instruction of William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda. She was a member of Columbia City Ballet II for several years before joining Columbia City Ballet in 2011. During her training, Claire competed in numerous competitions, including Youth America Grand Prix and attended prestigious summer programs with Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet West. She has also performed with Moving Body Dance Company, Concept Zero, Ballet Spartanburg and Columbia Summer Repertory Company.
During Claire’s time with Columbia City Ballet, she has performed numerous soloist and principal roles, including “Aurora” in The Sleeping Beauty, “Lucy” and “The Red Maiden” in Dracula, “Myrtha” in Giselle, “Snow Queen” and “Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker, “Beauty” in Beauty and the Beast, and many more. Claire is currently in her ninth season with Columbia City Ballet. She was promoted to soloist in 2014 and to principal dancer in 2017