Adam Cooper is an English dancer, choreographer and theatre director who has worked in many fields of dance. He is most noted as a dancer of classical ballet and is a former Principal of the Royal Ballet, a major international ballet company based in London. He is also noted for creating the lead role in Matthew Bourne's contemporary dance production of the ballet Swan Lake, a role that was briefly featured in the 2000 film Billy Elliot. He currently works as a dancer and choreographer in musical theatre.
Adam Cooper was born 22 July 1971 in Tooting, London. From a young age, he studied tap and ballet at the Jean Winkler School of Dance in Tooting. At age 11, he won a place at ArtsEd, a specialist performing arts school in London where he studied classical ballet, character, modern, tap, jazz and contemporary dance, as well as singing, acting and stage combat. After completing his secondary education at the school, aged 16, he was accepted into the Royal Ballet Upper School.
His father is the singer Brian Cooper whose band 'Broken Consort' released the novelty single 'Bye Bye Bob' in early 1971 to mourn the passing of the shilling.