About Us

After originally starting in Failsworth library in 2015, firstly with drama with pop dance starting in October 2015. We started our life moving around various venues throughout Manchester.

Our Dance Classes & Venues

We have ran dance classes in Hollinwood, Chadderton, Salford, Whitworth, Castleton, Ramsbottom, and the range of venues we used over the years included a pub, local primary and high schools, until we settled in 2016 at the Rachel Almond Dance Academy in New Moston whilst still running other satellite schools around Manchester.

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Covid-19 & Our Venue

The Covid 19 pandemic put a slight spanner in the works in 2020 when we had to close all our physical classes. In the summer of that year, most community venues did not want to reopen to outside groups, so it was then I decided to find a venue.

I found the wonderful Moss Mill in Rochdale and we refurbished it during the last week of August before opening our doors in September 2020. We now have a fully furbished dance studio with Le Mark dance floor, ballet barres, and mirrors. We also have a rehearsal room for private lessons, again with Le Mark floor, ballet barres, PA system and keyboard.

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Our Staff

Scott has worked in schools since 2009, he studied music and education at Liverpool Hope University and graduated with a BAEd (Hons) in 2007. In 2010 Scott graduated again this time with an MA in music, and finally a third degree saw him graduate as a fully quailed teacher (PGCE) of secondary music in 2012. Scott has experience in both primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth forms and special schools.

Scott has taught the full range of ages from reception all the way up to year 13! Scott decided to set up his own performing arts school in 2015 and was working full time in schools whilst running evening classes. In 2017 Scott went part time teaching secondary music and resigned from this post in May 2021 so he could concentrate on the Scott Cooper Academy full time. Scott teaches the singing and brass lessons at SCA and he also has recently starting teaching pop dance again, after originally setting up his vision of fun pop dance for kids back in 2015.

As well as assisting Scott in the day to day running of the school, Amy also teaches our drama classes and leads our LCM drama privates.

Yolanda brings a wealth of knowledge to the company. She has danced at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in 2012 and was also one of two community dance companies chosen from the North West to perform at the Para Olympics in 2012.

Hannah complete a three year musical theatre course and attained teaching qualifications in IDTA and ISTD. Hannah went onto work as a dancer at Disneyland, and worked processional with EDM productions.

Jennie has been coaching gymnastics for 20 years, she has a degree in Sports Science. She worked as assistant gymnastics, development officer in Salford for 10 years before deciding to go freelance to teach gymnastics and trampolining.

Joshua has recently graduated from the academy as a student and has now been taken on as staff. Joshua took part in a number of our productions including Oliver, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Joshua wants to train to become a primary school teaching in the future.

Natasha has just joined us and is assisting mainly in our gymnastics classes with Jennie at front of house greeting parents and children when they arrive.

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