Courtney D. Jones - Guest Artist
Named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2012, professional dancer, educator and actress Courtney D. Jones is on faculty at Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Choreography. She began her professional career in Miami, FL with the Freddick Bratcher and Company Contemporary Dance Theatre while attending New World School of the Arts.
Ms. Jones is a proud graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology, graduating with honors. As a student she performed the works of Jose Limon, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Roger C. Jeffrey, Michael Foley, Heather Maloney and Kevin Wynn. After graduation Ms. Jones continued to work with the Kevin Wynn Collection and joined Jennifer Muller/The Works where she taught and toured internationally for four seasons.
With a growing interest in theatre she joined the cast of Show Boat in 2008 accomplishing a long-standing goal to perform at Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and went on to join Broadway's First National Tour of WICKED in 2009. In Houston, Ms. Jones enjoyed four lovely seasons dancing with Hope Stone Dance Company where she was the Assistant Director of Hope Stone Dance II (h.s.d. II). Additionally she is proud of the professional relationship she has developed within the theatre community. Artistic credits include Stages Repertory Theatre; Auntie Mame, Panto Pinocchio, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Failure: A Love Story, Houston Grand Opera; Madame Butterfly (Movement Director), Show Boat (swing), Die Fledermaus, The Passenger (Movement Director) and Theare Under The Stars; Urban Cowboy the Musical and A Chorus Line (Lois/swing) . As an educator she is a highly sought after consultant. She served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Houston for three years teaching modern dance, is a national guest and master class teacher at numerous and notable universities and festivals including Bates Dance Festival, The Joffrey School (NYC), Dancers Give Back Dallas, Bowdoin College, and Rice University. She taught company classes for Hope Stone Dance, SUCHU Dance, MET Dance and Urban Souls Dance Company where she also served as a guest choreographer for their 2012 season. In 2014 Ms. Jones joined with professional dancers Catalina Alexander and JoDee Engle as Co-Founders of Houston Dance Collective, a volunteer organization providing professional level modern dance classes to the Houston dance community.