COURTNEY ANDERSON began her training in San Diego, CA under the direction of Kathleen Gillie and Elizabeth Griffiths at the North Coast Ballet School. She went on to study at Belliston Academy of Ballet under Jeannine Belliston, along with Mark Carlson and Patty Hoffman in Colorado. At age 16, she was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne dance competition in Switzerland. Courtney then studied on scholarship in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s professional division where she was nominated for the Princess Grace Award. In 2000, Courtney joined San Francisco Ballet where she performed many soloist and principal roles, as well as created roles by many noted choreographers.
After eight years in the company, Courtney and her husband (Artistic Director Garrett Anderson) left in 2008 to join the Royal Ballet of Flanders under the direction of Kathryn Bennetts in Antwerp, Belgium. There she performed and created soloist and principal roles by European choreographers and toured extensively throughout Europe and the world.
In 2011, Courtney returned to the United States to join The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, where she performed leading roles in many Balanchine ballets, touring America including performing Sonatine at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In 2013, Courtney was hired as a guest artist with Chicago based companies including Ron de Jesus, Ruth Page Civic Ballet and Ballet Chicago (First Violin in Concerto Barocco).
In 2013 while in Chicago, Courtney began raising their family of two boys and also teaching ballet. She completed the National Dance Institute teacher training in NYC under Jaques D’Amboise and began teaching regularly (children through adult ballet) at Ballet Chicago and Lou Conte (Hubbard Street Dance) studios. In 2016 Courtney became Co-Chair of the Dance Dept. at New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. She has been on faculty with Francisco Gella’s Aria at DancerPalooza in both San Diego and Long Beach, CA.
In 2018, Courtney joined the artistic staff at Ballet Idaho, teaching company class and assisting with company rehearsals. Courtney holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California.