Courtney Celeste Spears, of Bahamian descent, is a professional dancer and dance educator with the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and has performed in over 15 countries including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program with a degree in dance and Communications/Media studies, completed Harvard Business School’s Crossover Into Business Program for professional athletes, and is currently a curriculum specialist for The Juilliard School. She was a 2015 recipient of The Princess Grace Kelly Award for dance excellence, the 2016 Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholar for her collegiate success, and the recipient of the 2021 Shirley Hall Bass Legacy Award for her contributions to the Bahamian dance community. She has performed for two sitting US presidents, for President Barack Obama at the G7 summit in Germany in 2015 and for President Joe Biden & First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the 2023 Governors Association at The White House. Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, The New York Times, Shondaland, and Vanity Fair and she was a leading figure in The Black Iris Project's "A Mother's Rite" choreographed by artistic director Jeremy McQueen, which was nominated for a New York Emmy. Ms. Spears has been commissioned to teach dance to multiple ages all over the world including countries such as Japan, The Cayman Islands, and Brazil. As a dedicated mentor and entrepreneur, Ms. Spears is the Co-Founder and Director of her own company, ArtSea Dance, which brings world class dance entertainment and education to the Caribbean, specifically The Bahamas. Ms. Spears aims to empower young dancers to think outside of the box and continues to use her own platform to uplift the next generation of artists.
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