Tony Coppola

With long-standing national recognition as a tap dance virtuoso, All-American gymnast, master dance teacher, and professional percussionist, Tony Coppola is in high demand as a performer, choreographer and master instructor.

His television choreographic credits include commercials for McDonalds, Aramis Cologne, and Autolite autoparts, as well as the Superstars of Gymnastics for USA TV network, John Tesh Live at Redrocks for PBS, The Mystery and Magic of Nadia Comaneci for ABC TV, and The World Gold Gymnastics Tour starring Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Keri Strug and a cast of Olympic Gymnasts.

Featured for his solo tap dancing on various TV shows and in Las Vegas, Tony can also be seen in many dance magazines for his authoritative articles on jazz and tap and ads promoting Capezio's Coppola Tap Shoes, which were introduced in 1990.

Tony's modern dance background while training with Graham disciple, Jaime Rogers, and performing with the Rogers' Company, has helped him maintain a strong technical standard. He spent several years on faculty at Mesa State College, where he developed a dance major and was the program's artistic director. His musical theatre credits include; Chicago, Tommy, Return to Forbidden Planet, Kiss Me Kate, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West Side Story, and performing the lead in George "M."

Tony has choreographed several production numbers for the Hilton's "Work that Skirt" and Lake Tahoe's "Full Body Rock." He has been guest choreographer for dance concerts at University of Northern Colorado and recently at Pomona College in California. He was also featured solo performer at Reno, Nevada's Art Town Celebration in "Reflections of a Life on Stage." He choreographed a collaborative project with Chicago's Jay Franke, of the famed Hubbard Street Dance Company.

Tony Coppola is presently on faculty at UNLV in Las Vegas, where he teaches jazz, tap, dance appreciation, and provides both percussion support and covers modern class. His writing background for dance magazines has led him to his latest academic project; a workbook for dance appreciation class. Kendall Hunt Publications is collaborating with him on this project.