Washington, D.C. native Daniel Cooke received his early training at the Maryland Youth Ballet and The Washington School of the Ballet. He was also coached independently by Runqiao Du and Roudolf Kharatian. After attending Orlando Ballet School and the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida, and winning a bronze medal in the Youth America Grand Prix, interest from Canada’s National Ballet School led to his apprenticeship with the National Ballet of Canada. Cooke was then extended an invitation to dance with the Dutch National Ballet’s junior company. While a dancer with the Dutch National ballet, he participated in tours to over 30 Dutch cities, tours to Spain, and performed at The Royal Opera House in London, UK.
Cooke’s repertoire at National Ballet of Canada and Dutch National Ballet included classics by Sir Peter Wright, Alexei Ratmansky, Hans van Manen, Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev and James Kudelka, among others. Cooke also danced new creations and solos, including George Williamson’s, “Dawn Dances”, Eric Gauthier’s “Ballet 101” and works by Peter Leung. The principal role of “Cain” in ODD Continent’s “Homebody” by Tony Kushner was created for him.Most recently, as a member of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Cooke made his hometown debut at The John F. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, adding the work of George Balanchine to his repertoire.
In addition to performing, Cooke has begun to choreograph. Members of Dutch National Ballet’s junior company performed two of his works, “It Was Early” and “Fidem Contra Fata”.