Born in Windsor, Ontario, Courtney is a Dancer, Instructor and Performer as well as the Owner and Director of The Dance Academy in Windsor, Ontario. She began her journey of dance at age five when she enrolled in her first ballet dance class. Courtney has since studied such disciplines as Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Theatre, Hip Hop, and Modern dance. She began to further her training by attending dance conventions across North America first as a student and now as an instructor. At the age of fifteen Courtney entered the teaching world as an assistant dance instructor. By age sixteen she had her own classroom teaching students from ages two and up in all disciplines of dance, in recreational dance as well as competitive dance programs.
Courtney attended Wayne State University where she studied Psychology and Dance. As a student at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Courtney had the opportunity to study dance with the highest calibre of professional dance faculty members from around the world including the Czech Republic and the United States. Since the age of nineteen, Courtney has been training throughout the state of Michigan, attending workshops at Oakland University, Cecchetti Ballet Seminars, and at the Detroit Dance Studio.
In her many years of training, Courtney has studied the Al Gilbert Jazz and Tap syllabus, as well as the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus, reaching the professional level. Courtney has been honoured to be in classes with such esteemed choreographers and teachers such as Al Gilbert, Enid Ricardeau, Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Desiree Robbins, Brian Friedman, Nick Drago, Cory Finn, Cris Judd, Laurieann Gibson, and many other amazing talents. Courtney has also trained with the Broadway Dance Centre Faculty at Teacher Workshops and the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. Performing has always played a major role in Courtney’s life. Always performing in recitals and local shows, Courtney played a business woman and tap dancer in The Afters’ Never Going Back to OK music video.
She is a proud member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Dance Council, and is also a member of the National Dance Education Organization, National Dance Teachers Association and the Professional Dancers Federation.
Courtney is very excited to be able to share the gift of dance and believes strongly in the importance the role of arts plays in one’s life. She believes everyone should have the opportunity to experience the arts on some level.
Dance has taught Courtney many life lessons that she has been able to apply to her everyday life. Without dance, Courtney could not imagine what her life would be like. She hopes to pass her love of dance along to other aspiring dancers.
Doug Hartleib – Associate Executive Director