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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 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.
Cooper is married, and lives in Burlington Township, New Jersey, and works as a professional dancer.