Contemporary South Dance Company is looking for new dancers to fill positions for their FIRST full season... ALL positions are paid positions for dancers with strong modern (preferably Graham and/or Horton) and strong ballet technique. Dancers must be able to relocate to Birmingham, AL, TOUR and teach master classes in modern dance in lecture demos throughout the state of Alabama...CSDC is a state recognized incorporated non-profit under the direction of William-Michael Cooper (soloist of Les…See More
William-Michael Cooper, Founding Artistic Director of Contemporary South Dance Company, is a native of Alabama. Cooper began his pre-professional studies while on scholarship from American Ballet Theater to study at The University of Alabama. Cooper left the University of Alabama to join Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II where he intensely studied ballet, jazz, and the Horton modern dance technique. During his time as a student, he worked with Ballet Tech while obtaining his BFA in Ballet at nationally acclaimed College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati. Cooper has worked with Cincinnati Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Les Ballets Grandiva, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. In New York City, Cooper continued his ballet training with Paul Boos, former New York City Ballet soloist and a current repetiteur for the Balanchine Trust. As a member of Les Ballets Grandiva, Cooper performed in New York City and toured both nationally and internationally. Cooper has had the honor to work with many acclaimed choreographers and directors including; Peter Anastos, Lar Lubovitch, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Victor Trevino, Maureen Flemming, Brian Norris, Mark Dendy and Katherine Crockett. He is a certified Graham technique instructor and has taught modern dance and ballet for the Ecole Superieure de Danse Cannes with Rosella Hightower in Nice, France; College-Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ballet Tech of Ohio in Cincinnati, Ohio; the ABT Summer Intensive in New York City, NY; the NYU Preparatory Department in Dance in New York City, NY; Staten Island University in New York City, NY; and worked as a guest choreographer/instructor at Birmingham-Southern College. Cooper's former students currently work for several prominent dance companies including; American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, and the world renowned Martha Graham Dance Company II. Cooper’s choreography has been set internationally and national with several professional dance companies. Cooper is the founding artistic director of Contemporary South, a modern dance company based in Birmingham, Alabama. Cooper worked for two years as a teaching artist for ArtPlay where he taught ballet and modern (Graham) dance. William-Michael Cooper is a founding company member with the ballet company, Men on Pointe which is based in New York City. In November 2013, Cooper will be going back on tour with Les Ballets Grandiva; where he tour with the company internationally in 2014.