Courtney Allyson Mills, a movement educator, began her love for dance, theater, and the creative performing arts in Seminole, Florida where she performed in the prestigious Seminole High School Marching Band and Colour Guard. Her experiences in high school brought forth many years of performing with two-time WGI gold medalist, The Company Color Guard and DCI finalist Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. During her years of performing, Ms. Mills began her teaching career with the goal of helping to develop lifelong skills of passion, determination, and perseverance within young adults, nationally and internationally.
Before getting her Bachelor’s Degree, Courtney traveled the United States, lived in Australia, and taught in the UK, gaining teaching and choreography experience. In total, she has been a clinician/instructor at 3 major universities and over 150 high schools in the United States. She has been on staff with the Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, and Crossmen, as well as various winter programs such as Cypress Independent, Phantom Regiment Winter Guard, Crown Winter Guard, and Black Gold.
Ms. Mills holds a Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. While in attendance at TWU, she was named Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year and was voted by her peers to be the Undergraduate Adjudicating Representative. She also made the Dean’s List each of the semesters she attended TWU.
Courtney is the founder and facilitator of ColorguardEDU, an online education platform specifically for instructors, directors, designers, and choreographers to attain information on how to better themselves as teachers. Her mission is to provide the color guard constituency with content that helps develop our activity from an education standpoint, while encouraging artistic growth.
Currently, Ms. Mills resides in Colorado. Between judging nationally, teaching high school, and immersing herself in video editing for ColorguardEDU, she enjoys hiking, exploring, and spending time with her bulldog Olive and two cats, Hobie and Betty.