Courtney started her relationship with tango in 2005 at the University of Oregon, under the instruction of Vicky Ayers. She connected instantly with the complex, layered style of tango music and fell in love with the intuitive feel of the dance.
With her extensive background as a classical musician, tango appealed to her need for musical freedom of expression in dance.
Her dancing highlights an elegant quality of movement and musicality. The improvisational nature of tango is emphasized in her teaching, which focuses on clear communication between the dancers and the sensations that each movement carries.