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peace. love. TAPpiness.

 

We seek to preserve original choreography and compositions – the legacy of dance master Buster Cooper – as we support and encourage young artists.

Choreo Records was a local Dallas vinyl record company in the late 50s-early 80s owned by Buster Cooper. Choreo recorded original compositions featuring local jazz artists of the time and distributed them to dance studios and performance companies nationwide. After Buster’s death, Keira Leverton revived the company with a youth ensemble to continue the work her grandfather did for the Dallas artistic community.

Today, the Choreo Records Youth Ensemble challenges the boundaries of dance performance and tap dance as an instrument. Students study not only tap but musicality and acting to fully-realized collaborative works to the stage. In a time where a degree in tap dance is becoming an offering in select jazz programs across the nation, Choreo Records feels both thrilled and obligated to transform the way that tap dance (the only American indigenous form of dance) is viewed and practiced.


 
Thank you Choreo Records and the joy you bring to our kid! Your dedication is admirable and your spirit infectious - looking forward to next season!
— Joanna S., Amazing Actress & Mom
 


Performing with Polyphonic Spree at Trees - Dallas

Choreo Tap Youth Ensemble: Season 4 Short Film

Concept and Art Direction: Natalie Young Earl; Filmmaker: Jeremy Biggers; Music: Nick Earl (plus two ORIGINAL Choreo Records tunes composed by Tom Merriman); Animation and Graphics: Deva George; Original Choreography: Keira Anne Leverton (with traditional steps from the shim sham, BS chorus and "Laura" thrown in the mix!)