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A Tribute to Buster Cooper (1923-2014)

A tribute and fan site celebrating the life of tap dancer Leonard "Buster" Cooper.
Photo of Tap Dancer Buster Cooper Early in His Career

Tap dancer Buster Cooper early in his career


Videos of Buster Cooper Dancing
A collection of free online video clips of Buster Cooper dancing and being interviewed.

Facts About Leonard "Buster" Cooper
STAGE NAME: "Buster Cooper"
FULL NAME: Leonard Cooper
DATE OF BIRTH: August 30, 1923
DATE OF DEATH: March 24, 2014 (at age 90)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Magnolia, Arkansas
FIRST TEACHER: Family housekeeper Delma Spears
PLACE OF DEATH: Dallas, Texas
FATHER: Benton Marshall Cooper
MOTHER: Nora Lee Cooper
WIFE: Marianne Prather Jones Cooper (married 54 years, 1959-2013)
DAUGHTERS: Katherine Lee Cooper Leverton | Leslie Anne Cooper
GRANDCHILDREN: Keira Anne Leverton |Rayna Lee Northrup |Jason Albert Leverton
GREAT GRANDCHILDREN: Jamie Northrop |Kathy Anne Northrop | Lilly Northrup
GRAND NEICE: Shawndra Oglesby
GREAT GRAND NEPHEW: Alex Oglesby
GREAT GRAND NIECE:SAVANNAH Oglesby

The Life of Buster Cooper
1942: Stood in for Gene Kelly's Brother Fred at a workshop
1944: Drafted into the U.S. army and performed at service clubs
1952: Moved to Dallas and opened a Fred Astaire brand dancing school
1953-1988: Taught at the Hockaday Private Girl's Academy, Fine Arts Program
1996: Received the President's Wward from Dance Master of America
1997: Received the Lifetime Contribution Award from the Dallas Dance Council
1999: Recieved Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Educators of America
90th BIRTHDAY PARTY: August 31 at the Fair Park Music Hall
HIS DANCING SCHOOL: Buster Cooper School of Dance (for 52 years)
LAST PLACE HE TAUGHT: Preston Center Dance in Dallas (30+ years)

Buster Cooper's 90th Birthday Bash
DATE: 2013 August 31
TIME: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $20 to $35
VENUE: Music Hall at Fair Park
TOWN: Dallas, Texas

Resources

Buster Cooper Dance Videos Web Site
WEB SITE SECTIONS:
- Biography of Buster Cooper
- Photographs of Buster Cooper
- Shop for Buster's Instructional Video DVDso

Dance Council of Texas Announces 2014 Honorees

Senior Voice "Buster Cooper: National Treasure" Article

Dallas Morning News "Buster Cooper Dies at 90" Article

Preston Hollow" RIP Buster Cooper" Article

Dance Council of North Texas Scholarships
- Buster Cooper Tap Scholarship
- Buster Cooper Jazz Scholarship



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