Request Information Schedule an Audition Apply Now
Apply Now
Menu MenuMenu


Default photo
Nasira Burkholder-Cooley (She/Her)

AMDA Faculty since: 2021

Nasira is a registered dietitian, fitness expert, and nutrition educator. She was drawn to nutrition and public health as a result of her diverse background in science, fine arts, and fitness. Nasira was a classical ballet dancer and trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA, the University of Arizona School of Dance in Tucson, AZ, and attended ABT Summer Intensives in New York. Nasira has 14 years of experience as a personal trainer and is a NASM certified Corrective Exercise Specialist and Senior Fitness Specialist, as well as a certified yoga instructor. Nasira serves as the nutritionist for the ABT Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Chapman University School of Dance, AMDA College of Performing Arts, and Vivante on the Coast Senior Community. 


Ph.D., Doctor of Public Health - Nutrition, Loma Linda University
M.P.H., Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
B.F.A., Dance, University of Arizona
B.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona