Courtney Harris

October 7-9, 2019

Courtney Harris has served VCU Dance and the School of the Arts since 2011. Her professional career began at the Houston Ballet, where she danced under the directorship of Ben Stevenson from 1993-1999. During her tenure in Houston, she had the opportunity to perform a diverse spectrum of roles in many classical and contemporary ballets and work with several renowned choreographers, including Jiří Kylián, Christopher Bruce, Trey McIntyre, and Stanton Welch. Some of her​favorite roles include Odette/Odile from Stevenson’s Swan Lake and Manon from Sir Kenneth McMillan’s Manon. Harris additionally performed as a guest artist with Carlos Acosta and the Stars of the Houston Ballet, as well as Seattle-based modern dance choreographers Wade Madsen and Deborah Wolf. Additionally, Harris is a 1993 Presidential Scholar of the Arts awardee and was presented with a honorary medal by President Clinton.

Harris earned her MFA from The Ohio State University’s Department of Dance, while also receiving a minor in pedagogy through the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching. She has been recognized for her teaching through OSU’s prestigious Graduate Associate Teaching Award, which is presented annually to ten Graduate Associates campus-wide. Prior to her graduate studies, Harris served as Adjunct Professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and as Visiting Faculty at the University of Washington. In recent years, she has joined the teaching faculty at The American Dance Festival in Durham. A certified Pilates instructor, Harris has enjoyed working with a wide range of clientele over the years, from trained athletes and dancers to those with physical disabilities.

Teaching areas include: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Pilates, Pedagogy, and Dance History.

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