047: The ‘Instafamous’ Dancer with guest Courtney D. Jones

047: The ‘Instafamous’ Dancer with guest Courtney D. Jones
June 26, 2017 Andrea Muhlbauer
Courtney D. Jones

On this episode of DLEW, I talk with Courtney D. Jones of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Social media is affecting EVERYTHING we do – sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse. But what effect does it have on dance students and dance classes? Join us as Courtney and I dive into the conversation around the ‘Instafamous’ dancer.

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Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2012, professional dancer, educator and actress Courtney D. Jones is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Choreography, a proud graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance and a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA).  She began her professional career in Miami, FL with the Freddick Bratcher and Company Contemporary Dance Theatre, went on to work with the Kevin Wynn Collection, joined Jennifer Muller/The Works in 2004 where she performed both nationally and internationally for four seasons and danced for four seasons with Hope Stone Dance Company.

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, has been seen in productions at Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston Grand Opera and Theatre Under the Stars.  As a choreographer, her Movement Direction and choreography has been seen at Stages Repertory Theatre and Houston Grand Opera.  She is also a highly sought-after consultant, previously serving as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Houston.

Ms. Jones is the full-time dance teacher at The High School for Performing and Visual Arts while guest teaching at numerous notable universities, workshops and intensives including Bates Dance Festival, Dancers Give Back Dallas, Bowdoin College, Colorado Mesa University, Rice University and the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive (NYC).

Dance Like Everyone’s Watching with Andrea Muhlbauer is the show that brings you inspiration and insight into the world of dance and choreography. Andrea and her amazing guests are saying the things that no one else will. D.L.E.W. will tackle the MAJOR problems facing dance and the arts: the diminishing of audiences, the rise of new technologies, and the loss of artistic purpose. Slightly controversial opinions and real talk are guaranteed.

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