Jason Coosner is a master teacher, choreographer, coach and deeply passionate dance educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Jason’s eye for detail, masterful understanding of technique, ability to extract organic performance and innovative choreography continues to attract dancers from around the country to coach with him. He is a favorite among Southern California's elite pre-professional dancers. Jason holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from the Professional Training Program at Elon University in North Carolina, where he studied dance under Nina Wheeler, Rebecca Hutchins, Linda Sabo, Margaret Rowland and Cherie Bower. He also received a full artistic scholarship from the Meadows School of the Arts and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, with a concentration in Choreography from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
During his professional studies, Jason had the privilege of learning under award-winning jazz dance legend Danny Buraczeski and contemporary jazz master Max Stone. Throughout his graduate coursework, Jason created three new fully-produced dance works and taught Jazz Dance for three semesters as faculty.
Jason’s approach to teaching and dance is focused on opposition, alignment, strength and transitional phrasing. He firmly believes that it is only through the mastery of technique and action in choreography that the dancer begins to organically tap into the emotional life of the dance, generating performance from a place of absolute truth. It is this philosophy that fuels his passion for teaching, tirelessly working to help individual students reach their full artistic potential.
Jason focuses his efforts on teaching ballet, contemporary dance technique and Jazz throughout the Los Angeles area. Other than Burbank Dance Academy, Jason is core faculty at Studio School LA teaching Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Dance Composition/Choreography for their Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Commerical Dance. He has been a Master Faculty member at two of the Greater Los Angeles’ most prestigious pre-professional dance academies; Burbank School of the Ballet and Orange County Dance Center among others. He serves as an instructor and judge for national and international conventions and competitions, recently Revel Dance Convention, Icon Dance Awards and California Dance Classics. He is the president of Dance Masters Pacific Coast as well as a past- Director for Dance Masters of America. As an internationally respected teacher, Jason works hard to ensure that his students are consistently achieving top results at various competitions, most notably first place in the contemporary junior division, first place in the contemporary senior division as well as first, third place in the classical pre-competitive division and first place in ensembles all at regional Youth America Grand Prix semi finals. He has also received the Outstanding Choreographer Award from Youth America Grand Prix . His students are consistently accepted into elite summer dance programs and universities.
Due to his versatile approach and extensive network, Jason is frequently commissioned to create solos and group works for advanced dancers around the country. He has choreographed and directed a variety of musical productions, such as The Music Man, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Les Miserables, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Little Shop of Horrors, The Secret Garden, and Cabaret. More notably, Jason’s contemporary ballet, Composition VII, commissioned by the Collin County Ballet Theatre, was selected for The Regional Dance America’s (RDA) southwest regional gala performance. It received the National Choreography Recognition Award, placing the work on the RDA National Choreography Plan. His work has also been performed at the Anaheim International Dance Festival and International Ballet Festival Miami.
Jason has an impressive scope of teaching experience spanning, 15 years, both domestically and abroad. He has taught master classes at the University of Indiana-Bloomington, Elon University, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Long Beach Ballet, Southbay Ballet, SoCal Ballet, Dancing Images, The Next Step, Burbank Youth Ballet, New World Dance, Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet, Nina’s School of Dance, the Spotlight School of Dance, the Theatre Dance Association in South Africa, and Convencion Centroamericana De Danza in El Salvador. He has also serves as a judge for the Mr & Miss Dance of America National Title competition. He is a member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association.
MUSICAL THEATRE ACCOLADES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
As a performer, Jason has worked regionally in over 20 professional theatrical productions, including the National Tour of Kiss Me Kate. Other career highlights include working in the productions of The Full Monty, Wait Until Dark, Singin’ In the Rain, How To Succeed…, Closer Than Ever, King Island Christmas, Once Upon a Mattress, On the Town, Annie, West Side Story, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Anything Goes, The Secret Garden, Crazy for You, You Can’t Take It With You and Music Man, to name a few. Recently he shared the stage in a solo performance with the legendary David Foster.
As a vocal artist, he has shared the stage with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Jo Dee Messina, as well as Broadway veterans Chuck Cooper and Norm Lewis. Jason has had the privilege of being invited to sing for dignitaries such as Ehud Barak, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Shimon Perez. He has also had the honor of singing the National Anthem for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. In the summer of 2006, Jason was selected to attend the prestigious Cabaret Conference at Yale, where he worked intensively with Broadway legends like Tovah Feldshuh, Amanda McBroom, Sally Mayes and Sharon McNight.