Courdance is a Pittsburgh-based dance company dedicated to the creation, presentation, and education of contemporary dance. Courdance creates work that is physically dynamic, emotionally expressive, and socially conscious - while exploring a diverse range of modern styles.
Our mission is to engage our community through dance.
We do this by providing performance and choreographic opportunities to emerging dance artists, presenting dance to audiences of all ages through a series of home season performances, site-specific performances, and a seasonal tour, as well as providing dance programming that fosters a creative, courageous spirit.
Inspired to dive more deeply into the creative process, showcase work, and create alongside other emerging Pittsburgh artists, Kaitlin Flynn Goodwin launched Courdancein January 2018 after being a part of an arts incubator in Albuquerque, NM.
Courdance comes from the Latin root-word for courage, 'cor', which means 'heart.' Courage, the ability to do something frightening, must empower us to be creative. Courdance is courage in motion.
Courdance made its performance debut with a showing of the company's first piece, Rendering Home, at Society for Contemporary Craft's SHELTER: Crafting a Safe Home exhibit in the Strip District in February 2018. Since then, Courdance has performed at Cedar Crest College (Allentown, PA), The Edge Theater (Chicago), Dogtown Dance Theatre (Richmond), and premiered its first evening-length work, Rendering Home, in November 2018 in Pittsburgh at Union Project.
KAITLIN FLYNN GOODWIN, DIRECTOR
Kaitlin grew up in Pittsburgh and then lived in Athens (OH) where she received a BFA in Dance from Ohio University. In 2015, Kaitlin moved to Chicago to work with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools. She performed with Project Bound Dance, Core Project Chicago, and Christine Hands. In 2017, Kaitlin moved to Pittsburgh, where she launched Courdance.
Through exploring the modern, contemporary, and jazz dance realms, Kaitlin has worked with Christy McNeil Chand, Christine Cali, Alex Springer + Xan Burley, and Robert McKee. Her performance highlights include Red Bull's Flying Bach!, The New York Jazz Choreography Project, Elgin Fringe Festival, EMERGENCE Chicago, Lehigh Valley's SpringUP Dance Festival, and Small Plates Richmond. Kaitlin's work has been presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), United Center (CHI), Society for Contemporary Craft (PGH), Cedar Crest College (PA), Keshet Dance + Center for the Arts (ABQ), Dogtown Dance Theater (RVA), Urbanity Dance (BOS), and Triskelion Arts (NYC).
Flynn Goodwin is a passionate teacher and arts education advocate. Currently, Kaitlin is a teaching artist at Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School and with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She has taught master classes at Point Park University (PA), Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PA), Joel Hall Dance Center (IL), Ashland Youth Dance Exchange (KY), and Keshet Dance + Center for the Arts (NM).