Courtney received her training in Houston, Texas studying primarily under Anne and Nicolas Polajenko, Gilbert Rome, ABT's Alexander Minz, Claire Duncan and James Clouser. She trained for a year at the University of Utah under Li-Chou Chang and had the opportunity to work with Sir Anton Donin and Toni Lander, restaging “Pas de Quatre” in the role of Marie Taglioni. She danced with several companies including Atlanta Ballet, South Carolina Ballet Theater and Cleveland Ballet. She danced lead roles in “Serenade”, “Paquita”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Concerto Borocco”, “Raymonda Variations”, and Lynn-Taylor Corbett’s “Appearances”. She has been teaching ballet since 1978 for various studios, including teaching at the University of Akron’s dance department. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Communications from Cleveland State University in 1997 and has excavated for three field seasons on the Maya Mountain Archaeological Project in Belize, Central America with Dr. Peter Dunham.