Born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, Courtney Lavine began her dance training at an early age. In 1998, at the age of 8, she began a dedicated pursuit of classical ballet under the tutelage of Troy Brown, formally of Pacific Northwest Ballet. She won numerous first place awards in commercial dance competitions and in 2001 won The Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) Regional “Hope Award”. That same year, at the YAGP New York City Finale, she won a full scholarship to study at the Kirov Institute in Washington, DC. Lavine was also offered the “Virginia Johnson Scholarship” by the Washington Ballet School and began her studies there in 2001. She was also featured in the Washington Post for her performance as Clara in the Washington Ballet’s production of "The Nutcracker".
Lavine has studied on scholarship at The School of American Ballet (SAB) and San Francisco Ballet Summer Intensive programs. she studied full time at SAB under an honorary merit scholarship. Lavine joined ABT’s Studio Company in 2008. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in February 2010 and the Corps de Ballet in August.
Performing the role of the Canteen Keeper doll in Alexei Ratmansky's "The Nutcracker".
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO"
I absolutely love Capezio! I've been wearing Capezio pointe shoes for almost a year, and they have helped me tremendously with my career at ABT. I can't imagine myself in any other shoes.
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
My pointe shoes hands down.
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
Dance is such a beautiful art. It has its ups and downs, but if you love it stick with it. If you can learn how to dance with meaning and purpose, it will make you that much better a performer.
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I would love to learn how to cook well. And I don't mean just spaghetti and meat balls, I eventually want to be able to cook four course meals and all that good stuff!