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Ballet Fundamentals

At the heart of all movement, there are lessons to be learned from the world of ballet. Our newest programming is designed to help actors uncover these lessons and establish a foundation of technique that they can carry with them into theatre dance classes, auditions, stage presence, pedestrian movement, and more.  

We understand the array of images that ones mind conjures up when thinking of ballet class - painful pursuits of perfection, screaming teachers hitting the barre, squeezing into tights and leotards, constant state of discomfort, fill in the blank with horrible childhood memories, you name it! We are here to assure you that is not all ballet can be. Ballet is musical, insightful, nourishing and a fundamental requirement to study on your road to embracing movement. Let us help you transform your experience at the barre. 

Not Your Average Dance Class:  

  • Class sizes are small and tailored to the needs of the specific artists present.
  • Ballet shoes and tights are not required.
  • We will never film and post your journey to market our programs.
  • The learning happens both on and off the dance floor all week long.  
  • Our company exists solely for YOU, a "mover" in the musical theatre industry seeking guidance and training to improve your dance technique and confidence for the stage.

Walk Away With:

  • Dedicated Attention to Ballet Technique & Development
  • At-home Exercises for Continued Learning
  • Consistent 1-on-1 Time
  • Real-World Application Ideas
  • Private Slack Channel
  • Constant Community Support
  • Unlimited Access to the Motivated Movers Team
  • Option: Add Discounted Private Coachings 

NOTE: This workshop is open to all beginner and advanced beginner level dancers. 


Meet Your Teacher

Courtney Liu - Motivated Movers

Courtney Kristen Liu

Courtney Kristen Liu currently dances with the Phantom of the Opera where she has served as Assistant Dance Captain, Meg u/s, and Swing. Other credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Queen of the Night, Peridance Contemporary Ensemble, Broadway Dance Lab, Requiem for Mr. B (AEA Lab), and the original cast of Swing! on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Courtney has taught ballet nationally and internationally for the past ten years. Her class combines the discipline of classical training and anatomical alignment with an emphasis on movement, artistry, and musicality. She encourages her students to take up space, get out of their heads, experiment, and tailor the class to their individual needs.

“Courtney brings an energy to the studio that brings out the energy in everyone, making her class enjoyable, and always leaving me happy throughout and after class! That's not to say she leaves technicality behind--rather, she incorporates specific corrections without slowing down the class. She places particular care on proper alignment, giving corrections specific to individuals, and also noting trends among dancers in the class. Her ability to relate these to her own experiences makes understanding corrections, whether for advanced dancers or beginning dancers, much clearer. The enthusiasm and attentiveness inherent in her character always translates effectively into her teaching!”   - Saskia Randle

"Courtney is an instant light in the studio. She spreads her energy and enthusiasm for dance to the whole room when she teaches. Rather than forcing people to work hard, she invites hard work. When I take her class I am encouraged to return the energy and joy that she is pouring out to us. She will take the time to give corrections on how to improve and will point out when something is done well, yet she never takes up too much time so the class is constantly moving forward. Her combinations are simple but interesting in a way that targets the right muscles without straining anything and her music choices make each tendu a little more fun... She makes every new student feel comfortable, capable, and motivated to dance." - Jesse Chase-Lubitz



"What if I am an absolute beginner?"

Good news!  You are why Motivated Movers was created in the first place.  Our classes are open to all varying basic, beginner, and advanced beginner levels.  We keep class sizes small so there is plenty of room for one-on-one attention.  We also adapt the classes to fit each individual artist in the room.  Our classes will always be about YOU and your unique journey.

"What if I have already taken a workshop with you?"

That's the beauty of dance, ever evolving! You will ALWAYS find new discoveries, encounter new obstacles, and conquer new goals.  While these classes are strong introductions to the community, they are also great ways to check in, realign, go back to the basics, or prepare your mind and body for auditions ahead.


"What if I'm not 25 anymore?"

Everyone in musical theatre will encounter the need to dance, learn choreography, and/or be comfortable with movement regardless of their age.  We focus on your body and what it needs at your beautiful stage of life.  We also tailor the class to fit all artists present in the room.  

More Questions? Ask Away!

Your Investment



5% off Private Coachings during enrollment

Pay through online store

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Upcoming Sessions



May 19

10:30am -12pm @ Pearl 500 Studios

Teacher: Courtney Liu


Month Long Workshop


June 2 - 23

11-12:30pm @ Pearl 500 Studios

Teacher: Courtney Liu