The COCA parking lot is closed Monday, April 24 – Wednesday May 3, for COCAcabana. Parking is available behind Cicero’s on Delmar and throughout the Loop. Please be mindful of parking restrictions on the streets near COCA. Thank you.

COCA believes all students who participate in the arts gain confidence, discipline and a diverse worldview. Some are able to combine those life skills with learned technique and natural talents to achieve success as professional artists. COCA proudly recognizes these former COCA students for their talents and dedication to the arts by honoring them with the COCA Distinguished Alumni Award.

In addition to receiving prominent recognition on a Wall of Fame in COCA’s building, winners of the COCA Distinguished Alumni Award are recognized on the COCA stage at a special event and serve as role models and mentors for current COCA students.

Congratulations to our 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • Joanna Dee Das, PhD, Dance Professor and Historian
  • Cornithea “Rio” Henderson, Professional Dancer and Choreographer
  • Kelly Marsh, Complexions Contemporary Ballet
  • Lauren Morrow, Arts Administrator, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Christina Ramirez, Musical Theatre Professional
  • Kameron N. Saunders, Professional Choreographer

List of past COCA Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

COCA Distinguished Alumni Awards Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please use the form below to nominate yourself or a deserving COCA alumnus or alumna for consideration.