Courtney Liu is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer, and researcher who is currently pursuing her MFA at Duke University (Expected Graduation 2021). She has taught dance nationally and internationally for the past 15 years and has choreographed a variety of dance performances and films. In addition to working with university students, conservatory students, pre-professional dancers, and recreational students, Courtney has facilitated dance experiences for children exposed to domestic violence, underserved children across the US, students from her grandfather's hometown in Zhuhai, China, Special Olympics team members, and refugee students in New York and Durham.
Select performance credits include the Broadway cast of the Phantom of the Opera, the international tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, the national tour of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Queen of the Night (sister show to Sleep No More), Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and the Cincinnati Ballet. Courtney performed the title role in the Guggenheim premiere/NY Live Arts Special of Marcelo Gomes' Sophie Maybell and has worked with Broadway choreographers Andy Blankenbueler, Camille A. Brown, Josh Prince, Gillian Lynne, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and Lorin Latarro.
In addition, Courtney has served as the Assistant Dance Captain at the Phantom of the Opera and as Assistant Director for Norwegian Cruise Lines. She is a graduate of Duke University (BA), an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, and has completed the ABT Teacher Training Program for Levels Primary through 3.
Courtney’s research draws upon ethnographic and embodied methods to better understand the consistently high rates of body image concerns and eating disorders in ballet training environments. Her research, choreography, and pedagogical methods seek to discourage self- and other- objectification and to facilitate fully powered embodiment and engaged artistic flow states.