COURTNEY CELESTE SPEARS (Baltimore,MD),of Bahamian descent, began formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the direction of Norma Pera. She was the 2015 Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholar and graduatedsummacumlaude with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program with degrees in dance and communications. Ms. Spears attended summer intensives at The Juilliard School and American Ballet Theatre, where she was named The National Training Scholar for two years. She has performed works by Camille A. Brown, Donald Byrd, Rennie Harris, and Azure Barton. Ms. Spears is a 2015 Princess Grace Awardrecipient and the co-founder ofArtSeaDance, an outreach and dance management company based in the Bahamas.Ms. Spearsissigned with WilhelminaModelsand graduated from Harvard Business School’s “CrossoverIntoBusiness” program for professional athletes. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2018. Instagram:@bahamaballerina
Dancer, actress, model, writer, entrepreneur, teacher and now businesswoman: Courtney Celeste Spears, Fordham College at Lincoln Center '16, is a master at turning her dreams into reality and is determined to use her platform to change the world.
The Ailey organization manifests founder Alvin Ailey’s belief that “dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people” with Ailey All Access, a series of digital dance offerings including online streaming of performances, dance and fitness classes, educational programs and original short films created by the Ailey dancers.
In this uncertain time, dancers have a useful perspective: Gently loosen those joints and muscles as much as you can, firm your self-discipline, calm your mind. Dancer wisdom teaches us that life is live theater, forever an improv performance, and we can feel our way through it by establishing a routine, caring for our whole selves and also turning outward, to care for those around us. Yet performing careers are brief, and no dancer can afford to lose time — or money. The recently interrupted tours, canceled premieres, locked studios and social distancing requirements have hit the financially fragile, socially enmeshed dance world hard. When your life revolves around lifting, leaping, catching, jumping and otherwise spending time (often literally joined at the hip) with your dance partners, how do you deal with solitary confinement?