Alisa Cooper

Alisa Cooper Portrait

Alisa started dancing at the age of four years old at Barbara’s School of Dance in Anchorage, Alaska. There she was trained in Musical Theatre Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics, and Hip Hop. While at Barbara’s, Alisa participated in competitions and received awards and scholarships for her work. At the age of ten, Alisa and her family moved to St. louis, where she began her training at the Center of Creative Arts, also known as COCA. While a COCA member of the Preprofessional division, Alisa studied: Rhythm Tap for 8 years, Jazz for 8 years, Modern with a focus in Horton and Graham technique for 5 years, Ballet with a focus in Vaganova technique for 7 years, Musical Theatre Dance for 5 years, Pointe and Variations for 4 years, and Choreography for 3 years. She also was a member of the COCAdance Company for 5 years and the COCA Theatre Company for 3 years. Because of her hard work and dedication to her art, she was inducted into the National Honor Society For Dance Arts in her senior year. As an Alumni she continues to perform with the COCA Theatre Company during the summer. Currently Alisa studies at Southeast Missouri State University with a double major in BA, Dance and BS, Health Sciences with a focus in Physical Therapy. In Southeast’s dance program, she studies Jazz with a focus in Giordano and Fosse technique, Ballet, and Modern. While studying at Southeast, Alisa has performed in the mainstage dance concerts and was assistant choreographer for “Mary Poppins The Musical”, where she choreographed the number “Step In Time”. She also has discovered her love of teaching, and is teaching private lessons to dance students in the Cape Girardeau area.