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Kobe Atwood Courtney was introduced to dance by Jordan Glunt, through Richmond Ballet’s Outreach program Minds in Motion. They trained with Richmond Ballet for the first 5 years, under the encouragement of Jasmine Grace. They finished their training at San Francisco Ballet School, under school director Patrick Armand. There, they were fortunate to perform pieces such as Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes” and an excerpt from Jiri Kylian’s “Sarabande”. They then spent two years working with Orlando Ballet. They were able to learn from many different works such as “Lyric Pieces” by Jessica Lang and “Lambarena” by Val Caniparoli.


Another highlight was working with Jorden Morris on his ”Moulin Rouge” and revisiting his “Peter Pan”. Also during this time, they have had the honor to be mentored by Dexandro Montalvo. They continued their career with Festival Ballet Providence, where they were able to dance leading roles in pieces choreographed by artists like Yury Yanowsky and Ja’ Malik. They are involved in film and other dance media as well, collaborating with many artists including Ton Gomes and K-Zao Bespoke Tailoring. They also recently set work for Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project titled “Between the Fates”. They look forward to taking another step in their career, joining Complexions Contemporary Ballet for this upcoming season.

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