After being involved in the Alberta dance community for over 25 years, Courtney Woods has had the amazing opportunity to not only train under some of the most influential individuals in the diverse dance industry, but also all over Canada and the United States in numerous styles; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, HipHop, Funk Styles, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, African, and Latin, to name merely a few. With over 15 years of experience in the competition circuit, finishing Advanced exams in both A.D.A.P.T Jazz and Tap, and training with a specialization in Tap, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop, she has developed a passion for the art and a desire to ensure that the Alberta dance scene is not only a great place to learn and grow as an artist, but also a cultural hub for the Performing Arts.
Over the past fifteen years, Courtney has had the amazing opportunity to be a part of numerous shows and events including the Special Olympics, Rhythm in the Garden, the Lilac Festival, multiple seasons of Dance Explosions, West Side Story, a month-long tour of Hip Hop Saved My Life in mainland China, and most recently a multi-genre dance production, A Dance Journey - Traveling in Time, for the 2017 Edmonton Fringe Festival. She has adjudicated at festivals and competitions in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, has danced in numerous Tap, Hip Hop, and Contemporary shows in Los Angeles, St. Louis and Chicago, was a founding member of two Tap companies: “MADD Rhythms Canada”, and “Fab Feet”, and continues to both work and volunteer her time with numerous Early Learning Programs, Jr. and Sr. High schools and Special Needs programs across the province.
While ensuring her students learn and master the steps is the principal goal, Courtney hopes to also clarify the roots and history behind the art form so as to have them begin to fully appreciate how dance has evolved and where it is undoubtedly headed.
We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.