Founder Courtney G. Holland is a native of Miami, FL and studied accounting at Howard University. Courtney’s love and passion for dance is innate, as it is what her family has in common: her parents have owned a dance studio for 24 years, her sister is a resident choreographer for one of Miami’s most esteemed performing arts high schools, and her brother – Curtis Holland – became a Top 14 finalist on Season 10 of Fox Network’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and is currently cast in Savion Glover’s newest Broadway musical, “Shuffle Along…”
Beginning at the age of two, she progressively trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and pointe. Whilst training as a teenager and young adult, Courtney was invited to attend summer intensives, on scholarship, by the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Radio City Rockettes. During 2009, Courtney served as captain of the Howard University Bisonette Dance Ensemble, a competitive dance team whose emphasis is placed on jazz technique and performance. Under her leadership, the team performed at various venues throughout the District of Columbia. Courtney then choreographed the team’s jazz routine for Universal Dance Association’s (UDA) Collegiate National Championships; Howard University was the only Historically Black College/University to qualify in the semi-finals and compete at the national level.
Prior to founding The Gallery Dance Collective, Courtney spent the past five years as an instructor and competition team choreographer, where she taught ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. Her choreography has received elite regional and national recognition. Courtney also serves as a professional adjudicator for nationally renowned dance competitions.
Courtney is a member of the Association of Dance Conventions & Competitions and is a certified instructor under USA Gymnastics.