Riley Cooper is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and overall movement-lover based out of Metro Atlanta.

She is classically trained in ballet and uses her technique as a foundation for exploration through modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, and liturgical dance. For biography, choreography inquiries and class offerings, please see below.

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I believe that true personal success is found through a humble, hardworking, positive attitude. In my classes and rehearsals, I cultivate and challenge dancers to have open minds, full commitment, and to trust themselves and their capabilities. Love should always be held above fear, and that belief is what gives a dancer their truest creative essence."

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     Riley Cooper was born and raised in Lawrenceville, GA and is trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary dance. As she progressed as an advanced student, Riley was joined the Northeast Atlanta Ballet Company, where she performed many principal and soloist roles in full length Ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and others. Her favorite roles include Dew Drop and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, The Empress in Kristy Nilsson’s The Emperor and the Nightingale, and Anemone, Daughter of the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid. She has also consistently been featured in contemporary work due to her natural passion and aptitude.

Riley was invited by the Nashville Ballet to join their Professional Training Division after attending their Summer Program, and joined following her high school graduation.

Over her cumulative course of training, Ms. Cooper has been invested in over the years by teachers such as Paul Vasterling (Artistic Director, Nashville Ballet), Stacey Calvert (New York City Ballet), Kathryn Crews-Linsley (Academy Principal; Ballet West), Nick Mulikin (Associate Artistic Director, Nashville Ballet), Nicole Koenig (Certified in Ballet Teaching Studies - Royal Academy of Dance in London) , Tracey Julias (Oregon Ballet Theatre; Joffrey Ballet) and many others. Her summer study includes USCSDC, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Ballet.

Riley fell in love with contemporary movement after receiving scholarship to the Alonzo King’s LINES Contemporary Ballet Pre-Professional summer division and Discovery Project, where she was trained by Alonzo King (Artistic Director, LINES Ballet), and coached in LINES repertoire by Carmen Rozestraten and David Harvey as well as other masters of contemporary dance. Ms. Cooper also enjoyed studying GYROTONIC and GYROKENISIS during her time in San Francisco. 

Riley currently dances, hosts masterclasses, and choreographs professionally in metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Some performing and choreography credits include Bluebird Uncaged’s Uncaged Christmas, DanceATHENS, Fulton County’s Dance In The Round, and more. Ms Cooper also performs with Praise in Motion, a company based out of Lilburn, GA.

When not in the studio, you can find her enjoying coffee with friends, practicing yoga, or studying for her Exercise Science Major and Business Administration Minor at Georgia Gwinnett College, where she serves on the Board of Executives for the Student Dance Association.


Cultivating creativity, confidence and optimism.

"Riley's choreography and teaching style are fun, thought-provoking, and explorational." - Amanda (Durango, CO)

Riley Cooper is currently offering choreography and master classes for the following:
  • Contemporary and Contemporary Partnering
  • Neoclassical Ballet / Pointe
  • Classical Ballet / Pointe
  • Pas de Duex 
  • Lyrical
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Musical Theater
In addition, Ms Cooper also offers:
  • Private Lessons and Coaching
  • Guest Artist Work
For more information including rates, availability, private coaching information, guest artist inquiries, etc., please email or call/text 470-223-9201 at any time.

see the CONTACT ME page below 


The Studio School of the Arts

Sarah Kelly Kerr; Miriam Morgan; Amber Franek, Dorinda Intema

Northeast Atlanta Ballet

Jennifer Byokawski-Gordon, Artistic Director; Melissa Beale Stevens; Sarah Kelly Kerr; Kristy Nilsson

Nashville Ballet

Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director; Nick Mulikin, NB2 Director; Kathryn Crews-Linsley, School Artistic Associate (soloist, Ballet West); Nicole Koenig; Kate Kastelnik; Tracy Julias

Ms. Cooper has been awarded full and partial scholarships to summer programs including Atlanta Ballet, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, Nashville Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Contemporary Ballet, and more.


Atlanta Professional Dance Academy


En Pointe School of Dance

Advanced II Ballet, Intermediate II Ballet, Modern

The Studio School of the Arts

Company Division - Artistic Associate & Instructor

Instructor - Advanced Ballet & Pointe, Advanced Modern, Contemporary, Conditioning

Durango Dance

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Contemporary Ballet, Improv, Site-Specific Choreography, Variations

Summit Academy

Auburn Campus - Ballet A and Ballet B

Loganville Campus - Ballet A and Ballet B

Lilburn School of Ballet

Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Invitational Ballet, Pointe I/II, Junior and Senior Company Class, Intermediate Modern, Advanced Modern, Apprentice Jazz, Junior Company Jazz, Advanced Tap, Rehearsal Mistress

Grayson School of Ballet

Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Pointe I/II, Beginning Modern, Intermediate Modern, Jazz

Choreography Credits:

"Waiting & Listening" - APDA Contemporary Group

"Down to the River to Pray" - Praise in Motion Contemporary Group

"Cheek to Cheek" - NEAB Musical Theater / Jazz Quartet

"River" - DanceATHENS Contemporary Quartet


If you are interested in hostinga master class, or piece set on your school or company for a discounted rate, 

email or call/text 470-223-9201

Academic Achievements

Black Pearl Academy

High School Graduate

Class of 2017

Georgia Gwinnett College

Bachelor of Science -Exercise Science, Wellness Promotion Concentration
Minor - Business Administration

Class of 2021

"Love is what governs all the universes. Love is all."

- Alonzo King





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