Koura Wright  Ballet | pre-pointe | Lyrical

Koura Wright has been dancing for 18 years, and began her dance training at Van Metre School of Dance in Knoxville, TN with Amy Morton Vaughn and Jan Valenti, as well as at Dancer’s Studio with Irena Lynn. There she studied ballet, modern and jazz techniques, and discovered her love of performance. She later attended Austin-East Magnet High School and studied Humphrey, Graham and Horton techniques with Karen Duren and Kimberly Matibag, ballet with Peggy Burks, and attended summer programs with Randy Duncan and the Ithaca Ballet. In 2006 she was accepted to and attended the dance program at Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and was also accepted as an alternate for the contemporary program at Jacob’s Pillow. In 2008 she attended the University of Vermont where she was a member of the dance team, and from 2009-2010 danced as a company member at the Ithaca Ballet. There she performed as a Russian Candy in the Nutcracker and a Jewel in The Sleeping beauty. In 2010 she attended the summer intensive at the Ailey School and performed in an original piece by Pedro Ruiz. After returning to Tennessee in 2011, Koura taught modern dance Van Metre School of Dance until 2017, and danced with the affiliated company, The Appalachian Ballet Company. Over the past five years she has danced many featured roles with the company, and some of her favorite have been “Big Lil” in Lil’ Lil and the Swing Singin’ Sax, The Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid, and the Arabian Soloist in The Nutcracker. Koura is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University to complete her B.S. in Dance and Education and has performed in works by Alia Cache, Marsha Barsky, Margaret Booker, and Jennifer McNamarra. Koura also enjoys hoop dancing and loves finding ways to merge prop manipulation with contemporary dance.

Group and staff pictures thanks to Julie Cantrell Photography

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