Courtney Anne Russell

Courtney Anne Russell
Courtney is a classically trained experimental dancer who performs in film and freelance projects and models for art classes pursuing while pursuing her own creative performance goals. She began training at the age of three under a Balanchine style curriculum at Laguna Dance Theater. She 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, she 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 she studied at Ponderosa Movement and Discovery in Stolzenhagen, Germany; there, she learned directly from Kathleen Hermesdorf, Stephanie Maher, Kirstie Simpson, and Rasmus Olme. She 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’. She enjoys the classical form for all it continues to provide, and the foundation it has helped her build for infinite expansion.