Bone crunching moves, artistic flavor and a real sense of dancing sums up Ricardo Koopman. Many years ago, Ricardo danced his way into the world in the heart of a fishing village called Hout Bay. From the age of four, Koopman has been practicing classical ballet, but who knew he would go on to be the country’s knight in shining armour of the dancing world.“My passion is to dance, but I realized that it was not enough to just dance, but to share this God given gift with all children,” says Koopman.

The burning desire within him drove the aspiring dancer to prove to his family and friends around him, that he had what it takes to put himself amongst the best. “I gave birth to the name ‘Dance Progression’ as I think it’s not about being at the top, but your achievement in what you set out for yourself,” says Koopman.

With a steady goal in mind, Ricardo furthered his training with Mr.Johaar Mosavaal / (and)  Jazzart’s, Sue Parker. He did not stop there; he went on to complete his teacher’s degree through the AIDT- Associate of International Dance Teachers. Ricardo also studied the method of SADTA and DanceCor.

He then joined the Observatory Circus (Keith Anderson) where he was given the opportunity to showcase his dancing abilities and thus broadened his abilities.  He did ballet as a subject at Wynberg Senior Secondary School where Ms Sheila Chisholm played a significant role in many young dancers dance careers.  Ricardo attended part time classical ballet classes at UCT under the direction of Dudley Tomlinson and Prof David Poole. He was also taken under the wing of well known community actress, Pippa Duffy who also played a major role in the Ricardo’s life. After leaving the circus stage, he moved on to the much bigger stages of Artscape and Baxter theatre where he took part in many stage plays, musicals and operas. He also danced with professional dance companies: Pace Dance {Director Val Steyn. / Full Circle Company under direction of Michelle Reid.} Ricardo taught for The Department of Education Dance under The Art and Culture banner for ten years.

Ricardo has conducted many outreach programmes for the very hungry, keen and dedicated youth of our society who want to achieve in life.  In 2003 Ricardo completed a modern dance course in New York. Ricardo travels constantly abroad to Europe to keep up with the latest teaching methods, dance moves and standards to pass onto his students. He has appeared on several South Africa Television children’s programmes, and has also choreographed many successful Children’s Musicals and Stories dances & shows at the Baxter Theatre and for other well known theatres. He is also invited to adjudicate at various dance competitions and events around the country. Today, with twenty four years of teaching experience, Ricardo walks with his head held high, because his name has been branded in the minds of many talented dancers, producers, teachers and event organizers locally and abroad. “I just believe or better yet I know, that I am enriched with a knowledge of dancing and now I have the opportunity of passing on what I know to the younger generation and I am prepared to teach this form of art (dance and theatre skills) for life. In 2010,2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. I taught as a guest instructor/choreographer in Switzerland at the New Dance Academy. In 2011 I Taught in Thailand.

Recently ajudicated dance competition in Switzerland 2014 & 2015


  • Ability to memorise complicated movements and roles.
  • Having a feeling for good music & knowledge.
  • Having a creative mind.
  • Engaged in continuous learning in order to broaden
  • professional knowledge.
  • Patience and perseverance.
  • Can concentrate for long periods of time.
  • An ability to work with professionals like musicians/
  • dance educators and choreographers & artistic children
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to give instructions as well as follow them.
  • Social Perceptiveness.
  • Coaching and developing other dancers.
  • High levels of resilience.
  • Organisational skills and events
  • Strong and confident.
  • Involved in choosing the music, sounds and lighting for dance routines.
  • Performing complex dance routines to music.
  • Attending auditions and casting sessions.
  • Rehearsing dance movements.
  • Attending photographic and filming shoots on various locations.
  • Moving to different dance styles.
  • Going on tour around the country, visiting different venues
  • locally and abroad.
  • Choreographing dance routines.
  • During a performance harmonizing physical movements to the
  • beat of musical instruments.
  • Working choreographers to make a performance as perfect as possible.
  • Attending make up sessions and costume fittings.
  • Performing in front of live audiences. Wardrobe, looking after costumes, props and equipement.
  • Looking after costumes, props and equipment.
  • Teaching and instructing dancing to classes.
  • Community projects.

Dancing competencies

  • Ability to develop new versions of existing dance routines.
  • Posses a good sense of rhythm and timing.
  • Possessing balance, poise, posture, limberness, springiness, suppleness and
  • relaxed movement.
  • Can work solo or as part of a group.
  • High level of technical proficiency, physical ability, and physical fitness.
  • Excellent ability to coordinate body movements.
  • Physical fit with good stamina.
  • Possessing a naturally flexible body.
  • Knowledge of modern, contemporary/ creative movement and jazz,Hip
  • hop and classical dance styles.
  • Up to date with the latest developments in the music, dance and fashion industries.
  • Experience of dancing on film and television shows, theatre productions
  • and promotional events.
  • Excellent flexibility in stretching, twisting and bending my body.
  • Quick in movement.
  • Fully aware of all health and safety requirements.
  • Movement vocabulary
  • Posture
  • Movement analysis
  • Alignment
  • Body coordination
  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Sight reading
  • Accents
  • Musical instruments
  • Visual Arts
  • Drama