Courteney is an Australian born dancer who grew up dancing in far north Queensland from a young age with teachers like Lynette Denny and Robyn Franke to show her the ropes. Relocating to Brisbane for her final years of schooling Nicole and Hayley Ashfield of Ashfield School of Ballet helped her to realise her potential and go on to study dance at Adelaide College of the Arts and receive a Bachelor of Dance Performance graduating in 2014.
During her time at Adelaide College of the Arts she performed under the directorship of choreographers Lisa Griffiths (Chance), Xiaoxiong Zhang (The Glow of Dawn), Larissa McGowan (Inconsolable Robots in Search of Distraction), Kialea Williams (Ojos), Chris Scherer (Izzy D) and Peter Sheedy (Wood, Steel and Hollow Water and Skinning the Tale).
In 2016 Courteney was invited to join Sydney Dance Company’s Pre Professional Year. She was exposed to many different choreographers and art makers locally & internationally recognised experiencing new techniques and repertoire of the Company. In particular performing works by Rafael Bonachela (2 One Another), Kristina Chan (Pacific) and Zachary Lopez (Like a Salmon in the Sahara). Between her time in Sydney and freelancing in Adelaide she has been grateful to work with the likes of Gabrielle Nankivell, Rachel Ogle, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Tanya Voges, Shian Law, Medhi Walerski, Thomas Bradley, Sagi Gross, Victoria Chiu, Lloyd Newson, Ayman Harper, Sue Healey, Antony Hamilton and Niv Marinberg.
Courteney has been involved with the Adelaide Fringe for a number of years debuting her first choreographic work, Subliminal, in 2014 as part of Rip Drag Ruminate in the Fringe Season. She also performed in the opening night parade of the 2015 Fringe Festival choreography by Larissa McGowan. In 2015 Courteney was invited to be a part of Cie Artonik’s The Colour of Time performance at the WOMADelaide festival. Courteney returned to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2017 to perform two works in Dances for a Small Stage, Orange - a duet choreographed by Lisa Lonero Allen and Different - a solo directed and conceived by Rachel Kennedy. She was also involved in the development of Ha’Adam by Ruby Dolman throughout 2017 which showed in the Rough Draft series with Australian Dance Theatre and a further development with the Leigh Warren Dance Hub’s Artist in Residence program. Courteney is proud to have developed a short solo work, Raw Bodies, which she premiered with RAW:Fixate and has developed this piece further with a continuation of a filmed installation part 2: self-reflection.
In 2017 Courteney was awarded the Helpmann Academy regular grant sending her to Israel for 5 weeks in the Summer of 2018 spending time with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s Summer Intensive and also the Gaga Summer Intensive in Tel Aviv at Batsheva Dance Company. Taking classes in Gaga and methodics, company repertoire (Virus, Venezuela, Hora, Sadeh21, Kamuyot, Horses in the Sky) and variations of contemporary/modern techniques (Horton, Cunningham). This time spent in Israel was indispensable to her development and shaping of how she thinks and moves as a person/dancer/artist.
When Courteney isn’t dancing or creating works she enjoys teaching dance to children and adults of all ages. She began teaching in 2011 at her local dance school in Brisbane - Ashfield Ballet School- and has had a passion for teaching ever since. Having worked for Creative Academy of Performing Arts (Brighton, AUS), Stomping Ground Studios (Stepney, AUS), Australian Dance Theatre (Norwood, AUS), Vivienne Winter School of Ballet (Unley, AUS) and LemonJelly Arts (London, UK).