Castle Courtney

Courtney Anne Russell
Castle is a classically trained experimental dancer who performs in film and freelance projects and models for art classes pursuing while pursuing their own creative performance goals. They began training at the age of three under a Balanchine style curriculum at Laguna Dance Theater. They then moved on to Dmitri Kulev’s Classical Ballet Academy and trained in the Vaganova method, and attended training programs with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Backhaus Dance. Through attending Lines Ballet’s BFA program at Dominican University in San Francisco, they learned directly from Alonzo King, Amanda Miller, Maurya Kerr, Christian Burns and Anna Halprin to name a few.

Since graduating in 2012, Courtney has performed in Astrid Bas’s ‘Life or Theater?’, Laura Bernasconi’s Mudita Arts for Peace, and Daiane Lopes da Silva’s ‘Chrysalis’. In the summer of 2013 they studied at Ponderosa Movement and Discovery in Stolzenhagen, Germany; there, they learned directly from Kathleen Hermesdorf, Stephanie Maher, Kirstie Simpson, and Rasmus Olme. They also co-starred in the dance film ‘Still’, a production of W2 & Dancers based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Most recently, Courtney participated in Beth Fein’s 10th annual Dance Anywhere event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in a collaboration called ‘Rock Bisque’. They enjoy the classical form for all it continues to provide, and the foundation it has helped them build for infinite expansion.