River Cities' Reader: Star-crossed Lovin'

3/2/2015
March 2, 2015 6:00 am  •  Thom White

Choreographer Courtney Lyon outdid herself for Ballet Quad Cities’ Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. This piece, presented in two acts, enraptured me during Friday performance, and it was beautifully bizarre – and I mean “bizarre” as a positive, as the moves, lines, and compositions Lyon created for each scene were often stunning and always interesting, eliciting from me multiple gasps of appreciation.

Ballet Dancers find their passion in Romeo

2/25/2015
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:23 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Wed Feb 25, 2015.

By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Ballet Quad Cities puts a different spin on the classic Shakespeare tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet," in its new "Love Stories" this weekend at Moline's Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Ballet QC gives Romeo a Reboot

2/25/2015
February 25, 2015 11:52 am  •  David Burke dburke@qctimes.com

Courtney Lyon wants to make sure this isn't your father's "Romeo and Juliet."   Or even your great-great-great grandfather's version.

Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet

2/17/2015
Lifestyle - Noteworthy Events
Written by Mike Schulz  
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:00

Ballet Quad Cities’ latest presentation in the company’s annual Love Stories series – being staged February 27 and 28 at Moline’s Scottish Rite Cathedral – is officially titled Love Stories featuring Romeo & Juliet. As love stories go, that’s an awfully powerful one...

Romeo & Juliet' ballet aswirl in romance and elegance

2/15/2015
Orchestra Iowa, Ballet Quad Cities create pas de deux for the ages
By Diana Nollen  ::   UPDATED: 15 February 2015 | 1:17 pm   :: 

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cupid made a perfect match in pairing Orchestra Iowa with Ballet Quad Cities, and together, they created a most exquisite Valentine for Eastern Iowa.

Dream of a "Nutcracker" dazzles at Adler

12/13/2014

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 5:43 pm

By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

If you need a break from the stress of the holiday season, you couldn't choose a better one than the enchanting dream of "The Nutcracker," re-imagined again this year by the wondrous wizards of Ballet Quad Cities.

Ballet Q-C's 'Nutcracker' more lively, animated than ever

12/12/2014
December 12, 2014 1:29 pm  • 

Happy Coincidence brings Allcott back

12/6/2014
December 06, 2014 4:30 am  • 

When the conductor of Orchestra Iowa called Dan Allcott to ask if he'd guest-conduct "The Nutcracker" for Ballet Quad-Cities, the conductor wasn't aware he was paving the way for a trip back home.

2014 Award Winners Announced at Celebration of the Arts

11/21/2014
The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA) announced the winners of the 2014 Collaboration and Reaching Out Awards at Celebration of the Arts on November 18.  

Arts inspire Q-C economy

11/10/2014
November 10, 2014 12:15 am  • 

Attend the Quad-Cities Symphony, ballet, Figge Art Museum or any of our community’s rich cultural experiences.

Nobody’s talking economic impact.

Two 21-year-olds love wordless expression of ballet

10/16/2014
By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

Two of Ballet Quad Cities' newest dancers are both 21 years old and love bringing the old Gothic story of "Dracula" to refreshing new life.

'Dracula' dances from stage into the community

10/16/2014
By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

While veteran ballet dancer Domingo Rubio has embodied the dark, sexy Count Dracula in Ballet Quad Cities' fall classic since 2007, he feels each year is a new, exhilarating experience.

Beauty and the Brush

10/7/2014
Posted: Oct 08, 2014 6:30 AM CST  By Fran Riley

Dave Anderson faces a new challenge.  He is attempting to capture the motion, movement, and muscle associated with ballet.

From battlefields to golf courses, artist finds himself a home

9/28/2014
September 26, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

Through 60 years of painting, David Anderson has set down his easel in an array of locations.

Iowa arts advocates brainstorm ways to measure impact

6/6/2014
Michael Morain, mmorain@dmreg.com
Des Moines Register

12:02 a.m. CDT June 6, 2014

Not everything that counts can be counted, as the saying goes, but that won't keep some arts advocates from trying.  The biggest Iowa Arts Summit in a decade gathers today in the state capital...

QC Stars Identified

4/22/2014
Roll out the red carpet! It's time to honor some of the stars of the Quad-Cities, the winners of the 2014 Argpatch Awards. 
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Loosely based on the Academy Awards...the Argpatches honor the people and things we love in the Quad-Cities.
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Courtney Lyon

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Courtney recently premiered her critically acclaimed “Rite of Spring” with Orchestra Iowa in the spring of 2014.  Her full-length ballets The Nutcracker (2009-2013) and Cinderella (2011, 2013) have appeared for the past two seasons on Iowa Public Television.  Other choreography for Ballet Quad Cities include the full-length ballet The Sleeping Beauty (2012), Blush (2008), Blue Moon (2011), and The Promise of Living, which premiered at Orchestra Iowa’s 2012 Brucemorchestra.  Her children’s ballet "The Ugly Duckling, a Message of Acceptance told through Dance" has been seen by thousands of school children since 2009. 

As an outreach coordinator for Ballet Quad Cities, she has created curriculum for and led classroom visits and month-long artist residencies in Iowa and Illinois public elementary schools that include collaborations with dancers, musicians, and local visual artists, culminating in performances open to the community.  She received a Quad City Arts individual artist grant for original choreography for Peter and the Wolf and has partnered with Davenport School's Great Minds for an anti-bullying campaign supported by her children's ballet The Ugly Duckling.   She has participated in the Kennedy Center's Artists as Educators Seminars Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts integration and Anatomy of a Lesson: Planning Instruction

To support her teaching of classical ballet technique, Courtney has completed two pedagogue courses that involved study of the 1st through 5th years of the Vaganova syllabus with John White, an authority of the Vaganova teaching method and former dancer and Ballet master of the National Ballet of Cuba, as well as intensive training exploring the bio-mechanics of movement with physicist Kenneth Laws and Arleen Sugano.  In 2011 and 2012, she was chosen as a choreographer for the Glenda Brown Choreography Project held at UMKC in Kansas City, MO. As a principal faculty member at BQC School of Dance, she has created and implemented a comprehensive syllabus for young students.

Courtney is a requested keynote speaker for civic groups throughout the Quad Cities area, has been a guest speaker on several arts related radio programs, and has been invited to sit on several grant panels.

Courtney Lyon