Nigel Cooper Photography

Nigel Cooper Photography

About me - 

I began my dance journey at age 12. With over 25 years of experience, my interests and expertise are in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and modern. I spend my free time teaching and traveling the country continuing my dance education, choreographing, and judging. I have studied under the guidance of Joe Tremaine, Gus Giordano, Dave Massey, Doug Caldwell,  Sean Greene, and several others. I have also had the privilege of performing as a member of the jazz-based Eastside Moving Company and the modern-jazz company Fusion, both in Seattle. Upon completion of my degree at Chapman University in Orange, California, I began my teaching career in Bellevue, Washington. Several of my students have won title awards regionally and nationally and have gone onto careers with Holland America, Carnival Cruise Lines, Stiletto Entertainment and are seen in many industrial pieces in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City, as well as Company work in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania, Saipan and London.  I also have the privilege of sitting on judging panels regionally and nationally for KAR, Rainbow Dance and other esteemed Dance Competitions. I am truly excited to be sharing my choreography, knowledge and insight with students willing to pursue the heart and soul of dance as an innovative and expanding art form.  My goal is to continue to teach through master classes, convention classes thanks in great part to Kids Artistic Revue (KAR), and to share my choreography beyond the Seattle area.


Resume - 

Rainbow Dance Connection Regional & National Judge February 2007 to Present 

Kids Artistic Revue (KAR) Regional & National Judge 2012 to Present 

Kids Artistic Revue Convention Staff Member 2013

Dance Premiere /Prodigy Performance Group Choreographer & Master Class Teacher - Issaquah, WA 2013

Criativo Photography

Criativo Photography

Master Class Teacher & Choreographer, Dance Expressions - Kansas City, KS 2008 to Present

Master Class Teacher & Choreographer, The Fever Performing Arts – Atlanta, GA 2013

Master Class Teacher & Choreographer Van De Veere Productions – McMInnville, OR  2012/2013

Master Class Teacher & Choreographer C & C Dance Studio - Bowie, MD 2012/2013

Judge KAR Nationals – Las Vegas, NV 2013 

Judge Rainbow Nationals – Wisconsin Dells, WI 2013

Master Class Teacher - Scripps College/Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA 2013

Master Class Teacher - University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, PA 2013

Kids Artistic Revue Convention Staff Member - 2012

Backstage Dance Studio Choreographer - Bellevue, WA 1996 to Present

Judge KAR Nationals – Las Vegas, NV 2012

Judge Rainbow Nationals – Las Vegas, NV 2011

Dance Masters of America Chapter #39 Vice President - 2011 to Present

Master Class Teacher/Judge, Rainbow Nationals - Wisconsin Dells, WI 2010

En L’air Benefit Performance Choreographer - Seattle, WA  2008 to 2012

Dancer of the Year - Opening Choreographer, Rainbow Nationals - Wisconsin Dells, WI 2009

Master Class Teacher/Judge, Rainbow Nationals – Wisconsin Dells, WI 2009

Dancer of the Year - Opening Choreographer, Rainbow Nationals - Anaheim, CA 2008

Master Class Teacher/Judge, Rainbow Nationals – Anaheim, CA 2008

Dancer of the Year - Opening Choreographer, Rainbow Nationals - Branson, MO 2008

Master Class Teacher/Judge, Rainbow Nationals – Branson, MO 2008

Master Class Teacher - 2006 to Present

Virtual Dance Class Choreographer - 2006 to 2009

Master Class Teacher/Judge, Rainbow Nationals - Branson, MO 2007

Master Classes, University of Texas, El Paso - El Paso, TX 2007

Microsoft Executive Performance Choreographer – Redmond, WA 2007

Demo Exhibition with Avant Garde Entertainment – Seattle, WA 2006

Choreography Awards/ Title Holders through several Regional and National Competitions - 1996 to present

Choreographer for Presidential Dinner, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists - Boston, MA 1998

Eastside Moving Company Jazz-Based Performance Group Bellevue, WA 1996 to 1998

Fusion Dance Company  Modern/Jazz Performance Group Seattle, WA 1998 to 2000

Eastside Catholic High School Drill Team Coach - Bellevue, WA 1996 to 2003

Judge with Dance Magic Seaside Oregon Nationals - 1997

Dance Masters of America Member since 1997

Bachelors Degree in Dance & Theater - Chapman University,  Orange, CA 1993-1996

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