EP0015 COOPER RUST | KENYA

Cooper hails from Columbia, USA and trained in classical ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and musical theatre for more than fifteen years beginning with Ann Brodie and finishing at schools including the School of American Ballet and the Harid Conservatory. While dancing professionally with three American ballet companies, she acquired a bachelors’ degree in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as European History from the University … Continue reading EP0015 COOPER RUST | KENYA

EP009 GERARD CHARLES | UNITED KINGDOM

Born in Folkestone, England, Charles received his dance training at the Royal Ballet School and returns to the UK to join the RAD after spending nearly forty years based in America. As a professional dancer, his career started at Ballet International before moving to Milwaukee Ballet and BalletMet in roles ranging from corps de ballet to Principal. Since retiring from the stage, he has served … Continue reading EP009 GERARD CHARLES | UNITED KINGDOM

IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF BALLET, FROM NIGERIA

With the help of Esther Oladipupo, ballet teacher and founder of Kingdom Ballet Company, a school based in Benin City, Nigeria, Ballet Rising learned about the inspirations and motivations of six young ballet students in Nigeria. Oladipupo and the students’ parents took pictures of the girls practicing ballet, holding poses, and demonstrating their skills at home, in their studio, and on stage. Continue reading IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF BALLET, FROM NIGERIA