Associate Professor of Dance
B.A., The University of Buffalo; M.F.A., The College at Brockport
Tennessee Williams Center 16 / ext. 3263
Courtney World is associate professor and director of dance, in the Theatre and Dance Department at The University of the South, where she developed a minor in dance and was named the 2015-2017 recipient of the James D. Kennedy III Endowed Faculty Fellowship. As a dance artist and educator originally from Rochester, NY, her professional performing credits include eight years simultaneously with Bill Evans Dance Company/Bill Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble, and BIODANCE, under the artistic direction of Missy Pfohl Smith. She currently performs tap and modern dance with companies and independent artists on a project basis. As a choreographer, her work has been commissioned by The Society for New Music, BIODANCE, and Rochester Dance Project, and has been performed nationally at theaters, festivals, and universities. World earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The University at Buffalo, a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance from The College at Brockport, and is a Certified Evans Teacher (CET). Her current research is focused on documenting and passing on the tap dance legacy of Bill Evans. She has taught dance in higher education at The College at Brockport, The University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. World served on the Board of Directors for Tennessee Association of Dance for six years, two of which she held the position of President of the Board. She now serves as Assistant Director of Faithful Rhythm Productions, an organization dedicated to creating and supporting opportunities for tap dance performance and education in Nashville, TN.