Ms. Bourman’s formal dance training began in Kansas City with Kathy and Dennis Landsman and continued with scholarship study at the San Francisco Ballet School where she trained under influential master teachers Larisa Sklyanskaya, Irina Jacobson, Jonathan Watts, and Henry Berg. She went on to a professional career with Ballet Omaha, Kansas City Ballet, and was a premiere soloist with Tulsa Ballet Theater. She appeared with companies as a principal guest artist and was a featured dancer with modern company Storling Dance Theater for seven years during which time several leading roles were created on her by director, Mona Enna. With a performing career spanning three decades, Ms. Bourman was sought out by choreographers for her versatility and artistry. During her career, she had the opportunity to perform the works of twentieth-century choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Lila York, Laura Dean, Charles Moulton, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Ann Reinking and Robert North and was privileged to dance leading roles in full-length classics as well as principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Anthony Tudor, Todd Bolender, Arthur Mitchell, John Butler, Frederic Franklin, Lew Christensen, Mauricio Wainrot, Andre Prokovsky, and others.
Ms. Bourman has been an instructor of ballet at the Culture House Academy of the Performing Arts since 2005 and was named School of Dance Director in 2010. As a dance educator, Ms. Bourman instructed ballet for ten years at the American Dance Center in Overland Park, Kansas, and has been privileged to be on the faculty of the Regional Dance America Mid-States Festival, Kansas City Ballet’s Reach Out And Dance Program, Project Dance New York, Project Dance Kansas City, American Academy for Dance and the Kindred Arts in Santa Monica, California, Culture House Artist Development Program, the School of Ballet Omaha, and the Louisiana Dance Festival.