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Adam Cooper

(b. 1971)

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(b London, 22 Jul. 1971)

British dancer, actor and choreographer. He studied at the Arts Educational School and at the Royal Ballet School, joining the Royal Ballet in 1989, where he was promoted to principal in 1994. Although not a purely classical dancer, he performed many leading roles in both the 19th- and 20th-century repertoires. He also created roles in MacMillan's Winter Dreams and The Judas Tree, in Bintley's Tombeaux and Page's Bloodlines, Renard, and Ebony Concerto. In 1995 he was chosen by the choreographer Matthew Bourne to star in his production of Swan Lake in which Cooper portrayed the Male Swan. This radical staging, which enjoyed huge success in the West End and on Broadway, brought Cooper international fame as did his subsequent performances in Bourne's 1997 version of Cinderella. In 1997 he officially left the Royal Ballet to work freelance. He also began a career as a choreographer, creating works for Scottish Ballet and the K Ballet in Japan, the full-length ballet Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2005), and a dance tribute to the music of Richard Rodgers Shall We Dance (2009). He has also worked in musicals, choreographing and dancing in On Your Toes (2002) and Singin' in the Rain (2004) among others. As a dancer, actor, and singer he has appeared in many other productions, including Guys and Dolls (2006), Zorro and Wizard of Oz (both 2008). He is married to the dancer Sarah Wildor. Adam Cooper website

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