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Courtney Lavine’s Latest News

Courtney Lavine ABT dancer Courtney Lavine. Photo by Jade Young.

By Katherine Moore of Dance Informa.

Courtney Lavine, Capezio Athlete and Corps de Ballet dancer at American Ballet Theatre, shares her latest news with Dance Informa.

What are you currently working on at ABT?

“Right now we are rehearsing for our 16-day tour to Japan. While we are there I will be performing in Manon, The Nutcracker and Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1. I also recently got to dance and model jewelry for the jewelry line Dannijo in New York fashion week.”

So far, what has been your favorite performance and why?

“So far my favorite ballet I have performed would have to be Piano Concerto #1. Not only is it technically demanding, but the contemporary style of the ballet is somewhat new to me. I think I enjoy a challenge and all of Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets really push the dancers.”

Courtney Lavine

Courtney Lavine performs in 'Symphony in C.' © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Marty Sohl.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your career as a dancer?

“My biggest challenge has always been fighting my hypermobility and maintaining strength in the off season. I have long limbs which have been hard to control throughout the years because of my hypermobility. Pilates has been my saving grace.”

What Capezio products do you wear?

“I have been wearing Capezio pointe shoes for the past three and a half years and I absolutely love them. Capezio’s pointe shoes are the only shoes I’ve found that are narrow enough for my feet. I also wear Capezio mesh tights religiously in rehearsal. The mesh really forms around the legs well.”

Is there anything new on the horizon for you? Any particular goals for your dance career or otherwise?

“My main goal, right now, is to enjoy dancing more and to not worry so much on stage. There is a lot to think about in a performance (costumes, lighting, steps) but I feel like a lot of professional dancers forget to enjoy themselves while they dance. Of course, I am always looking to improve technically and artistically.”

When you aren't dancing, how do you spend your free time?

“When I’m not dancing, I love going to movies. Good movies are my guilty pleasure. I hang out at the park with my dog Oopsie who is quite the character. Exploring New York and trying new restaurants with my friends is also something I look forward to on my days off.”