Musa A. Cooper (born February 26, 1978) is an American dancer and fitness model who has had several television appearances, and is best known for being featured on both of the initial two seasons of the popular televised dance competition So You Think You Can Dance.
Cooper grew up in Camden, New Jersey. He moved to Mount Laurel Township at the age of 13 and attended Lenape High School, where he was a track star in the 1990s and was known for exuberant gymnastic dancing moves, such as doing back-flips at pep rallies. He was a member of the school's first State relay championship team in 1997, and had experience as a hurdler, sprinter, and high jumper. A dancer from a young age, Cooper specialized in hip-hop and b-boying styles, then studying more rhythmic dances when he reached his early teens.
Cooper was a performer for Beyoncé Knowles at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, and has made cameo appearances on other television programs, such as Sex in the City. ] In 2005, he appeared in the short film, It's Fun to Help Poor People, Franny Canada. (video) Also in 2005, he was one of the first people to audition for the first season of So You Think You Can Dance. He was prominently featured in the first few episodes, and though he impressed the judges with his unique dance style, he did not make the final cut. In 2006, he tried again at the New York City auditions, and had improved so much, and had sufficient quantity of unique moves, that he was passed through to the Las Vegas auditions and eventually into the finals. He proceeded to the top 12, but was eliminated on July 13, 2006. His assigned dance partner had been Natalie Fotopoulos, who went on to become one of the top 6 finalists before herself being eliminated.
- Sheibley, Lauri. "Burl. Twp. dancer enjoyed the reality show experience", Burlington County Times, July 23, 2006. Accessed February 4, 2013. "BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Musa Cooper wants the world to know his name and his dance moves.... He moved to Mount Laurel when he was 13 and graduated from Lenape High School in Medford, where he was a standout track athlete."
- Profile at fox.com
- Boys Easterns - 1997 track placements, Eastern States Indoor Championship
- Video interview and dance clips on Access Hollywood
- "Fancy Footwork", July 19, 2006, Calgary Sun
- Musa Cooper at the Internet Movie Database
- "It's Fun to Help Poor People, Franny Canada", 12-minute 2005 short film by "Ragtag Productions," in which Cooper appears as a breakdancer