Courtney Henry (she/her)
Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Contemporary, Modern
Courtney Henry grew up on the occupied lands of West Palm Beach, FL, and was further educated at Fordham University in New York City. Leaving her cohort a few months before graduating, Courtney was offered a contract with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, where she danced for seven years becoming a Principal Dancer with the company, touring and performing all over the world. While there, she participated in all of King’s world premieres in collaborations with high-profile artists such as Zakir Hussain, Jason Moran, Lisa Fischer, Jim Doyle, and Jim Campbell.
Following in this spirit of collaboration, in 2018 she flew to Berlin, Germany where she was a guest soloist with Richard Siegal’s “Ballet of Difference” premiering and touring 2 new works and repertoire throughout Europe. Living overseas expanded Henry’s artistic pallet as she began freelancing as a writer, model, and researcher. Her work has been featured not only as a performer but as a critical contributor in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, DIYDancer Magazine, and numerous lifestyle and travel publications. Courtney is an awardee of the Princess Grace Foundation – USA and Chris Hellman Dance award, a YAGP ‘Stars of Tomorrow Gala’ Alumni, and a Goethe Institute Research Beneficiary. She is a recent M.F.A. Graduate from the University of The Arts and a recipient of the UArts Presidents Award for Innovative & Creative Research.
Henry is an interdisciplinary creator, performer, writer, educator, mentor, and mother. All of her practices spring from a liberatory imagining through Afro-futurism, where time and space are non-linear. Her most recent obsession is using radical imagery to enliven the ballet form so that more bodies can see themselves inside the practice.