Michael "Ras" Courtney
Dr. RAS Mikey C (Michael Courtney) is a critically acclaimed dance professional who is currently a dance lecturer at Wayne State University. RAS’ life mission is to spread universal understanding to communities and cultures across the globe by sharing his gift of the expressive arts. RAS Mikey is co-founder and CEO of Fore I’m a Versatile Entertainer (F.I.V.E.) Productions. He has a B.F.A. in Dance from UARTS in Philadelphia, an MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland, where he recently completed his PhD in Arts Practice Research. While at UL RAS was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholar and guest lecturer at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. RAS Mikey is an established singer/songwriter, host/emcee, director and producer. He has collaborated with artists and companies including Pilobolus, Raven-Symoné, Major Lazer, the Marley family, Irish Aid, and the International Organization of Migration to name a few. RAS feels compelled to nurture his gifts of artistic expression while sharing his ‘movement’ experiences with his global community.
‘Movement is life and I’m a Lifist!