Cortney McGuire (co-artistic director, performer)

This native Chicagoan, finds joy in the art & practice of self-entertainment. Active by nature, she grew up dancing, playing sports, being goofy, entertaining those who would pay attention & tackling adventure in the outdoors (mainly in ‘Colorful Colorado’). Her dancing background reflects the influences of ballet, tap, jazz, Irish dance, African (Ghanaian), performance improvisation, Contact improvisation, Butoh, & numerous contemporary, & more specifically, release techniques.

She graduated with a BFA in Dance & a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2003 (where she also met husband, Brendan). While there, she had the great pleasure of working with & dancing for Onye Ozuzu as a member of both Skeleton Dance Project (2001-2003) & Guerilla Butoh Army (2001-2002), Gabriel Masson (2001), & Bebe Miller (2002). She also began her relationships with improvisation & interdisciplinary performance, courtesy of Michelle Ellsworth, & the electricity that is live music, a la Jesse Manno. During the summers, she furthered her movement palate by attending ADF (American Dance Festival) in 2001, & Bates Dance Festival in 2002, 2004 & 2006.

In NYC, Cortney has had the opportunity to learn from such amazing artists as Miguel Gutierrez, Jennifer Nugent, Paul Matteson, Tere O’Connor, Juliette Mapp, Heather McArdle, Lisa Race & David Dorfman . . . all of whom make her question & appreciate dance as a form. She has performed & worked with choreographers including Miguel Gutierrez, Eva Lawrence/7 arts, Jennifer Monson, Elisha Clark & Nora Stephens. She currently dances with noranewdanceco (Nora Stephens) & of course fivefour.

Her love of movement & touch has led her to a continual exploration of movement & life through dancing, traveling, experiencing nature, & enjoying the wonder of living.

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