COCAdance is an advanced level student dance company for students. The dance company gives performance opportunities to students ages 11 - 18.
COCAdance company members rehearse and perform at COCA and around the St. Louis region. COCA's historic University City building features light-filled dance studios with natural maple sprung wood floors as well as a 400-seat theatre with a proscenium stage.
COCAdance members have had the rewarding experience of working in a wide variety of styles due to COCA’s commitment to guest choreographers. Over the years, COCAdance has studied with Robert Battle (Battleworks), Frank Chaves and Sherry Zunker (RiverNorth Dance Co.), Lane Alexander (Chicago Human Rhythm Project), Doug Elkins (Doug Elkins Dance Company), Clyde Evans, Jr. (Rennie Harris Puremovement), Jason Samuels-Smith (NYOTS) and Juilliard graduates Jessica Lang and Gelan Lambert, among others. Work set on COCA students by these choreographers has become an important component of their repertoire.
COCAdance students have graduated to college dance programs including The Juilliard School, State University of New York/ Purchase, Point Park College, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Columbia University. COCAdance members are dancing professionally at The Houston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Trisha Brown Dance Company and Philadanco.
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