Courtney's School of Dance Staff
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 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.
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).
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 .