Courtney is a Los Angeles based multi award-winning belly dance artist. She travels nationally and internationally performing and instructing.
A lifelong student of dance and music, Courtney found Middle Eastern Dance while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Courtney draws on her previous classical ballet training as a foundation for her training and technique. Courtney has studied extensively with Sandra of San Francisco, Aziza of Canada, and other internationally renowned belly dance artists to further develop her elegant style.
Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. She is a classically trained pianist, flutist, and vocalist, lending natural musicality to every performance. Courtney’s extensive study of music theory, ear training, and music’s cultural context drive her passion for Middle Eastern Dance not only as art, but also for its roots as folk dance.
Awards and Honors
2nd Runner-Up – Egyptian Category, Belly Dancer of the Universe, 2013
3rd Runner-Up – Universal Category, Belly Dancer of the Universe, 2013
People’s Choice – Drum Solo Category, Belly Dancer of the Universe, 2013
3rd Runner-Up – Universal Category, Belly Dancer of the Universe, 2012
Congeniality Award – Egyptian Category, Belly Dancer of the Universe, 2012
1st Place – Diamond/Professional Solo Category, Jewel of the Sierra, 2011
3rd Place – Emerald/Live Music Improvisation Category, Jewel of the Sierra 2011
Courtney was also a member of the cast of Season 2 of the internet based reality series Project Belly Dance.
In addition to her work as a solo artist, Courtney is a member of the award-winning duo Sassafras with her dance partner Lara, is a member of Lumina Bellydance Co, directed by Aubre Hill, and is an alumna of Khamsin, directed by Sandra.
Courtney is available for group classes, private instruction, and private engagements in the Los Angeles Area. Click here for more information. Email Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 543-5632 if you have any additional booking questions.