I danced at his studio back in the early 1970's. What a pleasure to know and learn under him. Thank you for your technique and professionalism. You are a blessing to the dance world even to the ones that just enjoyed the dance and would never make it further!
Best Talent on Tap - 2008
Buster Cooper - Preston Center Dance
6162 Sherry Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
Buster Cooper can't stop dancing. Now in his mid-80s, the veteran tap master still teaches new generations of hoofers the intricacies of the art form he pioneered in Dallas more than 60 years ago. For half a century Cooper owned his own studio, and for 30 years he served as head of the dance department at Hockaday School. Patrick Swayze and Sandy Duncan are among his alumni and others have gone on to dance on Broadway in leading roles in A Chorus Line, 42nd Street and Cats. This summer the twinkly titan of tap took the stage in a special pre-show spectacular at the Dallas Summer Musicals' performance of The Drowsy Chaperone. His technique still is flawless, his crowd appeal greater than ever. Thanks, Buster, for giving your life to Dallas' dancers and never shuffling off to Buffalo.