Cara Cooper is in her eighth season with the company and is a recipient of the Florence Rustin Award for Excellence. Ms. Cooper trained on full scholarship at the Academy of Colorado Ballet before joining the company at 17. In 2007, Cooper joined the English National Ballet in London, England and performed throughout Europe and in Beijing, China. Ms. Cooper has performed several leading roles including Rum and Cola in Paul Taylor’s Company B, Arabian in The Nutcracker, Lead Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Flower Girl and Gypsie Queen in Don Quixote, Brown Woman in Celts and the Haughty Stepsister in Cinderella. In 2009, Ms. Cooper was invited to perform in the Gala Performance for the New York International Ballet Competition in the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Ms. Cooper's choreography has recently been commissioned for performances in Germany, Greece and throughout the US.