Courtney received her early dance training at In Motion School of Dance studying ballet, jazz, tap and modern. She performed with the school’s company, In Motion Dance Company and in The Premier’s Concert. Lopes attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts for her high school education focusing on Contemporary Dance, and earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Art (BFA) in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012. Lopes had the opportunity to study dance in Taiwan at the Taipei National University of the Arts for 5 months in Fall 2011. She has studied with the American Dance Festival, Limon Dance Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers. She has performed works by renowned choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, Jessica Lang, B.J. Sullivan and Huang Yi of Cloud Gate Dance Company.