Courtney McKeown Senior Classical Teacher
Courtney began her ballet training at the age of four under Simone Conlan at the NSW International Ballet Academy where she completed all her RAD examinations up to and including Advanced 2. She was a full time student at the Academy in 2007 and 2008.
Courtney competed in a variety of Eisteddfods including the McDonalds Challenge where she had tremendous success. She was the winner of the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship in 2007. First place for Classical Ballet in 2007 & 2008. First place for Demi Character in 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008. Courtney also competed in the Society of Dance Arts Ballet Scholarship (SODA) which she won in 2008 and was runner up in 2007.
She commenced training at the Australian Ballet School at the age of 11 in Level 1 as an Interstate Associate in 2005. Courtney received a four year full Scholarship to the Australian Ballet School and began her fulltime training in 2009 commencing in Level 5. Courtney received the Award for Excellence in Classical Ballet and Character Dance in 2010.
Courtney represented the Australian Ballet School at the Prix De Lausanne, Switzerland in 2011. She danced with the Australian Ballet Dancers Company in 2011 and 2012; Ai Gul Gaisina’s Don Quixote where she performed Queen of the Dryads. While at the school Courtney was chosen for the Student Exchange Program to the Canadian National Ballet School in Toronto where she spent a term in early 2012. In 2012 she was contracted to the Australian Ballet Company for the season of Swan Lake as a Swan.
Courtney completed Certificate III in Dance in 2009 and her Diploma in Dance in 2011. In 2012 she completed her Vocational Graduate Certificate in Classical Ballet.
Courtney is so glad to be part of the NSW International Ballet Academy family. She is married to Michael and they have two children, Lily and Lachlan.