Courtney Celeste Spears (Baltimore, MD), of Bahamian descent, began formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts under the direction of Norma Pera. She was the 2015 Denise Jefferson Memorial Scholar and graduated summa cum laude with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in dance with degrees in dance and communications. Spears attended summer intensives at the Juilliard School and American Ballet Theatre. She is a 2015 Princess Grace Award recipient, the 2020 Shirley Hall Bass Legacy Award Recipient, and the co-founder and director of ArtSea Dance, an outreach and dance management company based in the Bahamas. Spears is currently signed with Wilhelmina Models and graduated from Harvard Business School’s “Crossover Into Business” program. She continues to serve as a mentor by co-directing the Ailey Student Ailey Professional Mentor Program for The Ailey School. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the company in 2018. Instagram: @bahamaballerina.