Courtnae grew up in Victoria B.C, moving on to receive her professional training at The Goh Ballet Academy, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Ballet B.C and George Brown Dance, from which she graduated with honors and received a certificate of professional development from its affiliate, Ballet Jörgen Canada.
Influenced strongly by her diverse training Courtnae has had the pleasure of dancing for choreographers such as Kathleen Rea, Roger Sinha, Noemi Lafrance, David Earle, Sharron Moore, John Alleyene, Donald Sales, Emily Molonar and Coralee McClaren. Dancing as a soloist for Siona Jackson, Annie Wood, Tina and Estelle Nicoladis, Courtnae has performed for the Dancers for Life AIDS benefit, Dance Ontario Weekend, The Bazaar, Dusk Dances, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, the Before During After Dance Festival of Duets, Nuit Blanche, and Vivid 2002, a REAson d’être/Chimera Project co-production. Courtnae’s recent dance work includes music videos for Dearly Beloved, The Love Willows, Sandrine, McFly. Courtnae was delighted to have worked on international singer Feist's music videos, 1234 and My Moon, My Man, after which she was invited to perform at Massey Hall in her Spring 2007 tour.
Directing the ballet program of a competitive dance school won her great acclaim for her choreographic abilities and inspiring approach to ballet. Her students have gone on to train at the National Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Goh Ballet Academy, Quinte Ballet School, and The George Brown Dance Program. Students have also pursued performing careers with both Disney and Thrive! Entertainment.
Courtnae is a guest teacher throughout Ontario and is currently on faculty at the National Ballet School and City Dance Corps.
Since founding Cadence in November of 2008, Courtnae has created seven pieces for the company. In June of 2009, she launched The Cadence Mentorship Program which gave six pre-professional dancers the opportunity to join the company during creation and training over the summer. In July 2009, she produced “Cadence City Connect: Vancouver”, the first of a series of collaborations with choreographers and dancers from cities both within Canada and abroad, with the vision of further developing the companies versatility. Dancers from Vancouver joined the company over the summer to collaborate with Vancouver based choreographer/dancer Donald Sales in the creation of two works for Cadence.
Courtnae looks forward to continuing on her mission to to develop, create and produce compelling contemporary dance works to be presented throughout Canada and abroad.