Cassidy de Kooker
Meet Cassidy de Kooker: Accomplished Dancer and Entrepreneur.
Cassidy de Kooker is a successful entrepreneur and professional dancer hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa. She was homeschooled by her mother and began training at a high-performance center for dance at just nine years old. Cassidy trained there until 17 years old, during which she completed her Cambridge AS-Levels, and then went on to study Exercise Science alongside perusing a professional dancing career.
Cassidy has danced professionally with many esteemed companies and artists, including Royal Flux contemporary dance company in Los Angeles, CA, as a professional guest dancer in Dancing with the Stars, and with singer-songwriter John Legend. She has also performed with Debbie Rakusin, one of South Africa's most respected and renowned choreographers/directors in shows across South Africa between 2018 - 2022. Prior to that, she performed professionally with Bowring Levin Dance Company in their contemporary season of Equilibrium, which toured South Africa. Additionally, Cassidy danced with South African Ballet Theatre (now Joburg Ballet) for 4.5 years, performing Corps de Ballet and Soloist roles in numerous ballets including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Giselle, La Bayadere, La Corsair, and The Nutcracker.
In addition to her dance career, Cassidy has competed in multiple international ballet, modern, contemporary, and rhythmic gymnastics competitions from ages 7 - 17, including SAIBC, CTIBC, The Geneé, American Dance Awards, Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, IDO World Show Dance & Modern Championships in Germany, where she won gold, silver and bronze medals.
Since 2018, Cassidy has taught and choreographed for various dance organizations in South Africa, winning gold, silver, and bronze medals across international dance competitions in Portugal, Germany, Poland, and South Africa. At 19 years old, she was selected to teach contemporary classes at the MOOV Dance Convention alongside Alex Wong and Tara-Jean Popowich in 2018.
Aside from her dancing career, Cassidy is an entrepreneur. She has launched two online businesses: Uplift Health & Fitness, where she inspires her clients to prioritize their health and fitness through her personal training expertise; and Kingdom Creations, where she creates Faith-Filled Home Décor to encourage people into a deeper walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.