COURTNEY DRAKE A.B.A.T.D.
DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER
Courtney is an accomplished choreographer, performer, and instructor. She is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and is the Director of KICKS Dance Studio in Markham and Mount Albert. Dance has been a big part of Courtney’s life since the young age of 3. From 2000-2009, Courtney led the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak as Director and Choreographer for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. Now with two little girls of her own, Courtney continues to direct the Raptors Lil Ballas Dance Team into their 16th successful season.
Courtney’s choreography credits include: Pan Am Games Toronto 2015, Olympic Torch Dance Team 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, NBA Europe Live Tour Italy and Spain, NBA Jam Van Tour Dalian, China, Much Music Video Awards Choreographer and Dancer for Lil Bow Wow, La Senza Girl’s Fashion Bus Tour Choreographer, Canadian National Hip Hop Team Choreographer, Canadian National Tap Team (solo choreography), NHL Enterprises All Star FANtasy Director/Choreographer and Dancer, CTV’s Judy & David’s Jiggi Jump Choreographer, as well as many exciting works for Sony Music, Esquire, Nike, Reebok, Bell Canada, and Ford. Courtney is also the Host and Choreographer for the Toronto District School Boards’ Dance Instructional DVD grades two through eight. In July 2007, Courtney directed the Canadian Jazz Team and won the Gold Medal at the World Jazz Championships held in New York City, along with other Gold and Silver medals for her Solo and Duet choreography.
Courtney is an adjudicator for several prestigious dance competitions and is often invited to guest teach master classes and workshops at dance studios across Canada and the U.S. Courtney has performed extensively across North America, Europe and the U.S. Recent training highlights include The Dance Teacher Expo Toronto, Dance Teachers Summit NYC, The Pulse NYC, The Tap Intensive Workshop with Savion Glover NYC, Pro Dance (Las Vegas, Miami & LA) & the Broadway Dance Centers’ Teachers Intensive Workshop NYC. Courtney’s students have earned numerous titles, overall awards, and scholarships at National and International dance competitions. Her choreography has also earned many choreography awards and top marks at competitions. Many of Courtney’s students have gone on to make successful careers in dance; performing in professional shows & musicals, live concerts for well known artists, as well as appearing on television and film.
Courtney thoroughly enjoys teaching recreational and competitive students of all ages, and prides herself in giving each dancer the encouragement and training they need to reach their highest individual potential. Courtney is looking forward to another exciting year in Mount Albert!