Duncan Cooper is a Master Dance Teacher and Choreographer, dedicated to excellence in dance arts education & performance. A former Principle dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem. Duncan also guest teaches all over the U.S and Internationally.


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  • Duncan Cooper has an amazing way of connecting with kids and making them thinking dancers. He is inspirational and encouraging, with high energy, pushing the students to expand their personal boundaries. Having known Duncan as a versatile dancer and artist, it is wonderful to see how well he is able to pass on all the knowledge he has acquired.  
    Tina LeBlanc
    Tina LeBlanc, Former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer & current SFB school faculty
  • I have known Duncan Cooper for over 30 years. As colleagues at San Francisco Ballet, I always had great admiration for his unique talent and artistry. When he later joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a principal dancer, Duncan contributed his ever widening artistic abilities to many wonderful ballets and it was always a great pleasure to see him dance. I had the good fortune of seeing him teach years later and was thrilled to witness what an inspiring and caring teacher he is. To those fortunate enough to call Duncan their teacher, he truly goes the extra mile for them, giving 100% of himself to helping his pupils understand what it means to dance and to realize their fullest potential. Bravo Mr. Cooper.
    Edward Ellison
    Edward Ellison, Ellison Ballet - Aritistic Director
  • "A visit from master teacher Duncan Cooper always creates excitement in my students. He is a remarkable educator and inspiration for my ballet and contemporary dancers.  In 2014, we were honored to host Duncan's workshop, Modas, to The Dance Studio of Fresno where he expanded my dancers' diversity of movement. His warm presence and masterful explanation of technique greatly affected the students and my faculty.  Duncan's versatility and understanding of both the classical and contemporary world is unique.  He loves sharing his knowledge and expertise, genuinely investing his heart and soul into the progress and education of young artists training at my studio.  My students love taking class and learning movement with him."
    Sue Sampson-Dalena - The Dance Studio Fresno
    Sue Sampson-Dalena - The Dance Studio Fresno, Studio Owner & Artistic DIrector