Courtney's School of Dance - Expect Magic!
Courtney's School of Dance Staff

Courtney Mattheis
Owner & Artistic Director

Courtney (Powell) Mattheis was born and started her dance career in Amarillo, TX.  At the tender age of 5, she began studying Classical Ballet & Jazz technique at Hess School of Dance.  That same year she was invited to perform in the Lone Star Ballets annual production of The Nutcracker: this is would become her "dance home" for the next 14 years.  At 14, she began teaching and choreographing for Hess school of Dance.  While in high school she also cheered and taught dance.  She also began to perform for various dance productions above her age category such as, The West Texas A&M University Dance Ensemble. In 2003, using her gifts of dance and beauty she entered the Miss Amarillo Pageant won and went on to compete for Miss Texas.
In 2005 she relocated to Los Angeles where she earned a spot on the LA Avengers dance team an Arena Football League,.
In 2011, after a few years of balancing her careers in both Dance instruction and the corporate world, Courtney decided to take a leap of faith and open Courtney’s School of Dance.  Forming a dance school that focused on classical ballet, jazz and tap was a dream realized early on in her life.   Courtney ascertained over the course of her dance career that qualified dance schools are not a tangible opportunity for minority youth. CSD opened its doors in Gardena, CA with 19 dedicated students and has grown to over 150+.  As CSD continues to grow, it will always remain deeply rooted in the city of Gardena.  In 2012 Courtney was the recipient of Small Business of the Year Award in Sacramento, presented by Senator Roderick Wright.
Since the inception of CSD, Courtney has been provided numerous opportunities for students and their families to contribute to community events in Gardena, The South Bay and other Los Angeles County cities. CSD maintains an outstanding reputation in the community and receives multiple requests for performance entertainment for events such as; The Women's Health Expo of Los Angeles, City Parades, Festivals, Annual Corporate celebrations, The Chamber of Commerce Backpack Give-away, Susan G Kolmen’s Relay For Life campaigns and State Assembly Woman swearing in ceremony for Hon. Autumn R. Burke of the 62nd District.
 
Courtney has learned to utilize all her dancers and their families to constantly create awareness and opportunities to give back to the community that supports them. Annually CSD holds various drives such as; The Goodwill shoe & clothing drive, Salvation Army’s Toys For Tots and a food collection drive for Gardena’s Food Bank. By holding such drives Courtney, her dancers, their families and partners of CSD stay cognizant of all the fortunate things they are able to provide and participate in.
In 2014, Courtney partnered with the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation implementing a reputable dance program in two local parks, called WE Dance! We dance is a low to no cost dance program, exclusive to families in communities surrounding these two city parks in Los Angeles.

With the support of the community and other local businesses, Courtney will continue to educate and provide dance instruction in the Gardena area. Providing a superior dance education and experience, especially to disadvantaged youth who may have never been afforded the opportunity to get a glimpse into the classical world of dance is Courtney Mattheis’ main focus. Further driving home one of Courtney’s core principles, that classical dance should be available to everyone.




Wendy Dow
Hip Hop

Dance was always a life passion for Wendy from the age of two unable to sit still while watching her mother dance Wendy was given the stage name “TWINKLE  TOES”(by her Grandad).   At the age of three she was accepted on a scholarship programme with the Hamilton School of dance (England) with them she studied Ballet (Bloc) Tap Jazz and Modern.    When Wendy turned 15 she auditioned for a place at ITALIA CONTI  a very well known performing Arts college in London, Wendy was offered a 3 year scholarships (a very high achievement as only two of these a year were awarded) through out her 3 years her love for dance and performing began to shine brightly, she was chosen for lead roles in the college productions and offered a further one year scholarship and professional agency representation. Music was a second passion and driving force of inspiration to Wendy she developed an interest for writing music and playing the clarinet this moved her on to follow a path into Musical theatre, driven by her love of musicals she studied acting and singing for over two years her hard work was rewarded when she was cast as the leading lady in “MARY POPPINS” and “MY FAIR LADY”.   1997 was a life changing year when a workshop from an American teacher (Tina Ingrasia) opened her eyes to Hip Hop, its safe to say it was love at first sight the “style” the “music” the choreography it was ALL some thing that to this day continues to be one of her favorite specialized subjects.   As her thirst for knowledge in this specific style expanded she continued to travel to the USA over 6 years wanting to fully absorb the unique culture that was Hip Hop and be able to exhibit those qualities of technique in Popping, Locking, Breaking, Wacking and House. Wendy’s passion for teaching grew fast when in 2002 she became Dance captain and choreographer for Culture Shock Uk .  Her leadership qualities, attention to detail and full of energy relatable personality made her a perfect instructor for young dancers, with out question she was offered and accepted the Directors position for the junior youth team Future Shock Uk.   Wendy has been privileged to perform for the Queen of England Buckingham Palace, The breaking convention, VMA’S, Urban music awards, and XFACTOR to name but a few, she was also a founder and core member of Chung Si a Hip Hop dance company in London that was awarded Silver at the WORLD HIP HOP CHAMPIONSHIPS. Wendy is a professional Dancer, Master class teacher, Actress, Singer and Choreographer her career has allowed her to travel the world perform and share her passion internationally teaching master classes in Germany, Amsterdam, USA, Switzerland, Atlanta, Spain and Italy, She is still to date a popular experienced faculty teacher at STUDIO 68 LONDON, BOOGIEZONE UTOPIA and DS9 .