Courtney Lyon

Courtney Lyon received her early training from Nathalie LeVine in St. Louis and earned her BFA with Honors in Dance from the University of Iowa before joining Ballet Quad Cities as a professional dancer in 2000. She received additional training from Arleen Sugano, the Joffrey Ballet School, and Milwaukee Ballet. Ms. Lyon enjoys teaching a wide range of students through creative movement. As a teacher, she focuses on clean classical ballet technique and correct placement while encouraging artistry from even the youngest students. In 2009, Ms. Lyon completed two pedagogy courses that involved comprehensive study of the 1st through the 5th years of the Vaganova syllabus. These intensive seminars were given by John White, an authority of the Vaganova teaching method and former dancer and Ballet Master of the National Ballet of Cuba. In the summers of 2009 and 2010, Ms. Lyon participated in the Kennedy Center's Artists as Educators Seminars, Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration and Anatomy of a Lesson: Planning Instruction. As a principal faculty member at BQC School of Dance, she has created and implemented a comprehensive syllabus for young ballet students.