ABOUT SHANNON COOPER'S ACADEMY OF DANCE
Our Mission and Facility
​Mission:
We are committed to providing quality dance training to the community in a fun and positive environment. We are dedicated not only to teaching the art of dance, but also to promoting the benefits of physical fitness, self-esteem and proper social abilities.
Our Facility:
Shannon Cooper's Academy of Dance is located at 416 West Kings Highway. Our central location in the Coatesville Area School District makes it convenient for students from Exton, Downingtown, Coatesville, Honeybrook, Parkesburg, Sadsburyville and Atglen to participate. Our building includes three spacious dance studios with mirrors and sprung dance flooring. Parents are able to view their child's class from our lobby area on our surveillance cameras and one way mirror. We offer free wifi for our parents and students.
​Why Choose Us:
Shannon Cooper's Academy of Dance was established in 2004 to provide quality dance training in a nurturing and friendly atmosphere. The art of dance will help develop motor skills, flexibility, coordination, balance, confidence, and imagination. Our staff is passionate about promoting dance to you and your child while also giving them the tools to be physically fit, responsible and social young adults. Whether your child seeks a strong technical foundation for a career in dance arts or are training for personal enjoyment, Shannon Cooper's Academy of Dance provides a positive environment in which they can learn. My staff and I will give our families the finest instruction available.
 
- Shannon Cooper, Owner/Artistic Director
 
Our Instructors
​Shannon Cooper Owner/Artistic Director
Shannon Cooper received her Bachelor of Science Degree at West Chester University in Finance and a minor in Dance Education/Choreography. She began her early dance training at the age of five in the Lancaster County area where she grew up. There she studied Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Lyrical dance at Carol's Academy of Dance and with Chet Zercher at Dancer's Workshop. She has also studied dance at Broadway Dance Center in New York, Koresh Dance Center in Philadelphia and has attended dance conventions and studied from numerous internationally recognized teachers such as Frank Hatchett, Jermaine Brown, Brian Friedman, Joe Tremaine, Mia Michaels and Wade Robson. Shannon performed in West Chester University's Contemporary Dance Company both as a student and an alumni, the WCU Dance Team, and WCU’s Dance Production Workshop where she served as both President and a choreographer. She has also performed with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company based out of the Philadelphia area. Shannon has provided cheerleading camps for both Lionville and Downingtown Middle Schools, choreographed musicals for Downingtown Middle School, and choreographed for Great Valley High School Dance Team.  Shannon is also a member of the female hip hop company, Flomotion.
She has been teaching dance since she was fourteen in Chester County, Delaware County and Lancaster County and loves being able to serve her community of Coatesville through the art of dance.  Shannon and her husband reside in Valley Township with their son and two daughters.
​Allison Kofke Office Manager/Instructor
Allison Kofke is a graduate of West Chester University with a major in Business Management and a minor in dance. Allison performed with the University Dance Company as well as set several pieces on them. She started dancing at the early age of three and has been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical and hip hop. Allison was a member of the Longwood Dance Theatre for four years and performed throughout the tri-state region. She started teaching and choreographing at Longwood Performing Arts in Kennett Square in 2005. Allison taught hip hop at the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn, DE for two summers. She has also directed the dance program at Pocopson Elementary School for their spring chorus concert since 2009. She has attended numerous dance conventions including New York City Dance Alliance, Los Angeles Dance Force, ASH Dance, Titans and The Pulse; studying under professional choreographers in all genres of dance. We welcome Allison to the studio and are excited to have her dance knowledge on our staff.
​Mike Nguyen Instructor-Hip Hop
Michael Nguyen is  a graduate student at Temple University, where he received his masters in Dance. He received his bachelors degree at West Chester University in professional studies in Health Science with a minor in Dance. Michael has performed and choreographed for the University Dance Company at West Chester. He spent the summer in 2010 as an intern for the Broadway Dance Center. Michael has danced for Rev9, I Am Phresh The Academy of Phresh, MM2, Contempra Dance, and Roger Lee Dance Company. He enjoys sharing his love of dance with his students.
​Debra Danese Instructor-Ballet/Pointe/Jazz
Debra has performed in Europe, Tokyo, Canada and in the Caribbean and continues to perform throughout the United States with Bob Goss Productions. She teaches and choreographs world-wide and has been an international guest artist in Switzerland, England and Slovakia. Debra has been an Artist in Residence on five occasions in Norway where she showcased full length dance productions at the acclaimed Nordland Theatre. She has also presented an original dance production at the Elspe Festival in Germany.
Debra started her professional career in Musical Theatre touring the east coast in Me and My Girl  and Annie. In London, she conceived, created and implemented an intensive course in Dance and Musical Theatre utilizing her proximity to the West End. Debra now offers the course in the US and has published a feature article in Dance Studio Magazine (October 2015) based on her curriculum. She also created a program matching American and international dance schools which was nationally sponsered by Natinoal Dance Week.​
Debra has been featured in Dancer and  Dance Teacher Magazines for her work in dance education. Additinoally, she is a contributing writer for Dance Studio Life Magazine and a columnist for The Philadelphia Dance Journal.
Debra graduated with a degree in dance from the University of the Arts and also holds a B.A. in Arts Administration. She is accredited at the Master Level with the National Registry of Dance Educators. Debra is a Temple University honorarium proctor for the performance examination of dance education candidates.
​Andre Morris Instructor-Hip Hop
Andre began his Hip Hop training at the age of 8 at Crane’s Performing Arts Dance School in West Chester Pennsylvania. After taking a short hiatus to study musical theatre and music, he returned to dancing at age 12 at Carousel Performing Arts Center in Kennett Square, PA. Andre has been trained in all subgenres of Hip Hop including but not limited to Commercial, House, Breaking, and Locking.
After years of training and hard work Andre made it into the Beat Addikts United Showcase where he received a scholarship for the following year for his accomplishments throughout the season. The following year he was given the opportunity to finish choreography for the guest choreographer piece. Since then Andre has exploded as a choreographer and teacher. He has studied Hip Hop from industry level teachers and choreographers such as Les Twins, Chuck Maldonado, Rhapsody James, Kaelynn “KK” Harris, and more. Some of Andre’s accomplishments include choreographing for Padua Dance Team, two pieces in the 2015 Beat Addikts United Showcase, competition pieces and being nominated to audition for the Monsters Dance Showcase in Los Angeles. Andre has taught and continues to teach at studios all around the Tri-State area.

​Kasey Pitcher ​Instructor-Hip Hop

​Kasey is a senior at Coatesville Area High School. She has been dancing since she was little. Before coming to the studio she did cheerleading and got her black belt in karate. She joined Shannon Cooper's Academy of Dance in 2013 and was asked to join Shannon Cooper's Dance Crew in 2015. She started assisting hip hop classes in 2014. She has also been a member of Beat Addikts United since 2015. After high school, Kasey plans to go to school for pediatric nursing and hopefully minor in dance. We are so exciting to have her join our staff.  

Guest Artists

​Michael Nickerson-Rossi 
Instructor-Contemporary
Michael, a dynamic dancer/choreographer/master teacher due to his training in modern, jazz, ballet and hip hop founded Nickerson-Rossi Dance in 2012.  He has since premiered work in San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tempe, Miami Beach, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, New York and Belize.  In July 2014, Nickerson-Rossi Dance was commissioned to perform "Deeply Rooted" in the Cap Cod Dance Festival alongside the Martha Graham Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, Bost Ballet and others.  In February 2015, the company premiered "CHECKMATE", their newest work at the Helen Galen Performing Arts Center in Rancho Mirage, CA.  His latest and most powerful works "Past and Present" were performed at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum in 2016 where he served as Creative Directos of Dance.
Most recently Michael has been named the Creative Director of Dance at West Chester's Uptown Theater.  Nickerson-Rossi is grateful for the company's bi-coastal & international recognition and the opportunity to teach master classes in universities and with professional companies and studios.  Michael is ardent about the company's outreach program, entitled uNdeRstanD, which is a platform of education for youth designed to proved both physical and emotional liberty through the medium of dance, which culminates into a unique theater presentation, with students in performance alongside professional dancers.  Michael's work has been recognized as profound and it is with this passion he is building the Palm Springs Dance Festival.
Chad Ortiz 
Instructor-Contemporary
Chad Allen Ortiz is from Temecula, CA, where he has trained vigorously in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz and musical theatre. Currently, he resides in Palm Springs, CA and Philadelphia, PA. Chad is the Educational Director and Male Principle Dancer of Nickerson-Rossi Dance. Chad performed in NRD's repertoire "Past and Present" at the Annenberg Theater, in Palm Springs, in 2016. He also was commissioned to travel east to perform in Cape Cod's Dance Festival 2014 and 2015, dancing alongside companies such as Martha Graham, American Ballet Theater, Bill T. Jones, Boston Ballet and many other grand names. Traveling throughout the east and west coasts, Chad both assists and sets new works or company repertoire on colleges and high schools through Nickerson-Rossi Dance's uNdeRstanD program. He also teaches masterclasses and workshops of his own peronal asthetics that consists of new age contemporary movement through classical modern techniques. All of this is done so by Chad outreaching to colleges, high schools, dance studios and educational facilities, and proposing opportunities that Nickerson-Rossi Dance provide, such as educational outreach. It is said that only 3% of the public see concert dance, and it is up to educators and artists to inform them by engaging, inspiring and igniting the senses of each individual we come across.
Chad has also worked with The Union Project Dance, where he performed solos both at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Inside/Outside series and at the McCallum Theatre for the 18th Annual Choreogrpahy Fesitval, leading as the Male Principal of the company, as well. In addtion, Chad was also a company member of Peter Kavlis's "The PGK Dance Project" in 2014/2015 and Michael Mizerany's "Compulsions" in 2015. Later, Chad was commissioned by Avocado Dance Theatre, a modern dance theatre company, as a guest artist as a recidency at Old Temecula Theater in 2016. With this same company, Chad was commissioned to set a quartet on Avocado Dance Theatre, which he titled "Static." Another choreographic work Chad has set is titled "Is This What You Want?," which premiered at Michael Mizerany's show, Dancer Briefs 2015, at the Ion Blackbox in San Diego. Chad is a consistent dance instructor heavily throughout both the west and east coasts teaching a wide range of dance techniques all to children, teens and adults. He is familiar with the competition world as Chad has choreographed numerous works for Youth American Grand Prix, K.A.R., Nuvo, Hollywood Vibe, 24/7, Jump, Art of Movement and many other competitions.
With all of passion, love and artistry...Chad is blessed by this life of dance he is honored to pursue, and he is incredibly grateful.