David Sanders, Ph.D, CSCS*D
CEO and Science Advisor
Trained in exercise physiology and sports nutrition, Dave has coached high-level athletes to optimal performance. He earned his Doctorate from Rutgers University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dave has worked with all ages including national-level youth athletes, NCAA Division I soccer and field hockey, and professional soccer and dancers.
Through his work with the Rutgers University Dance Program and The American Ballet Theatre, he has become a renowned researcher in dance science. His expertise lies in the dynamic relationship between training load, hormones, and nutrition to optimize health and performance. Dave continues his work with dance and athletics at Loyola University, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences.
Co-founder and Dance Conditioning Specialist
Originally from Houston, Courtney has been dancing all her life. Along with her versatile training, she received her classical ballet training from the Houston Ballet Academy & RAD syllabus through Advanced 2 with distinction under the direction of Catriona Steel. Courtney graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in dance from Point Park University. She has performed works by Martha Graham, Patrick Franz, Doug Bentz, Ron Tassone, Marissa Balzer, & Kassandra Taylor. Some of her professional dance credits include Michael Susten Co., AdDeum Dance, Moody Gardens, VIP Talent, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. As a dance teacher, Courtney has been recognized for her choreography from YAGP, DMA, and others, both regionally and nationally.
After her professional dance career, Courtney ventured into the health and fitness industry. She is a certified NASM personal trainer, Barre teacher, and Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC). Courtney specializes as a strength and conditioning coach for dancers and has experience working with all levels and ages. Courtney loves sharing her passion for fitness and movement with the LPD family!