Kirsten Cooper

Kirsten Cooper

Kirsten Cooper (she/her)

Teaching Artist

Contemporary Jazz

Kirsten Cooper trained in Washington State then moved to Los Angeles when she was nineteen years where she primarily trained at Edge Performing Arts Center with Rhonda Miller, Liz Imperio, Jeff Amsden, Bill Prudich, Randy Allaire and many more. She also assisted and performed with/for Rhonda Miller, Jeff Amsden and Liz Imperio in class, conventions and various projects. While in Los Angeles she worked in film, video and stage. Kirsten danced on Costa Cruise Lines, toured demonstrating with Los Angeles Dance Force and Jeff Amsden instructional videos, Sony Disc Industrial Film and numerous ABBA hair shows.

Kirsten now teaches full time in the Seattle area as well as traveling the U.S. to do choreography and master classes. She regularly teaches at Westlake Dance Center and is the director of their pre-professional company. She does monthly master series classes throughout the Pacific Northwest and loves connecting with so many students. She was honored to teach in Bulgaria at the Iliev Dance Art Foundation Spring Dance It intensive in 2016-2018. Kirsten also teaches in the summer at the Pacific Northwest Summer Program as well as guest teaching for Pacific Dance Project and SpoDance convention.  

She has run a pre-professional jazz/contemporary company out of Westlake Dance since 1997 and is thrilled this year will be the 25th year! Her goal with her students is to train them for dance careers and instill in them that hard work is just as important as talent. Her students have performed at “Sign Of the Times”, “Dance This” @ The Moore Theatre and the PONCHO gala benefit. Her company was honored to dance in the Tanzsommer Dance Festival 2006 in Austria. 

Many of her students have gone on to do the one-year study program at Edge and  summer programs Dance With The Force, Juilliard, Lines Ballet, Hubbard Street and Alvin Ailey . Her students have attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Marymount Manhattan, SUNY Purchase, Loyola Marymount, Juilliard ,Chapman University. as well as the new CLI Conservatory program. They have toured with Paul McCarthy, Backstreet Boys, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, “Glee” Live, Ricky Martin and Celine Dion. They have appeared in the award winning “La La Land”, “Teen Beach Movie 1 and 2” “Dreamgirls” ,“Dancing With The Stars” , “Wicked’ National tour, “Pippin” National tour, “Kinky Boots” National tour, “Grease” live and “Hairspray” live. She currently has students dancing in the NYC Rockettes Christmas Spectacular as well as and Cirque Soleil show “Mystere” and “Love”. They have also danced with Hysterica Dance Company (LA) and Odyssey (Salt Lake City).

Kirsten continues to share the passion of dance with all whether in the classroom or with her choreography on the stage. She feels blessed to be able to do this as her job. She also is so thankful for support from her husband Nigel and daughter Tristan. Check out what she is doing in life and in work on her Instagram, @kcooperdance. You can also contact her about class questions, company information or bookings via email,