Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper

Troupe member

What do you do for a living?
I am a dancer; in Hands, Heart & Feet as well as Ghawazi Caravan.

What about your personal life?
I am married to a beautiful, funny man, John, and I have a gorgeous step-daughter, Denya. We live in a hut on the edge of a mountain cliff, on solar power and tank water.

How long have you been dancing?
Since I was about 4 and dreamed of being a ballerina.

What other dance styles have you done?
My initial training was in Classical Ballet. In my early twenties, I fell in love with Traditional West African Dance. I’ve immersed myself in this style and travelled to Africa to study there. I also have a degree in Contemporary Dance and have done a little Classical Indian and Fire dancing.

What appeals to you about ATS?
I love the elegance. There’s something beautifully feminine about the style, which I think is very powerful. Technically, I also think it’s a really interesting combination of tension and flow.

What are your hobbies?
Who has time to do anything but dance?!?! And books. I love to read.

What dancers inspire you?
My students. I love seeing every body dance – all ages, all shapes, all walks of life. Human beings are beautiful when they move.
Some of the masters who’ve inspired me along the way include; Margot Fontein, Rudolf Nureyev, Sekouba Camara, Akram Khan, Bernadette Walong and Devi Mamak.

Where do you see yourself and Ghawazi Caravan in the future?
It is an honour and a joy to be a part of Ghawazi Caravan. I love dancing with the beautiful women in this troupe. I’m also learning a lot from performing in this style, which is quite different to other styles I’ve done. I’m looking forward to learning and developing this style more and more