RSIA Information for Dancers

Audition for leading dance programs at COCA’s 2024 Regional Summer Intensive Auditions (RSIA)

Dancers at the ballet barre

The Regional Summer Intensive Auditions (RSIA) are a collaborative audition opportunity, bringing together a variety of dance programs at one time for dancers (Ages 11–25) to audition for summer intensive programs as well as trainee positions. The auditions will be held January 12–14, 2024 at COCA – Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis.  

COCA will host auditions onsite for students led by accomplished teaching artists and accompanists. All participating programs will receive recorded videos of the auditions, student audition forms, photos, and resumes electronically at the conclusion of the weekend. Programs will adjudicate and contact students in alignment with their own audition practice.  

All applicants must participate in the ballet, pointe (if applicable), and modern portions of the audition.  

Participation Fee | $95  

How to Register

Step 1: Register to attend 

Early Registration for COCA Students | NOV 1–14 

Registration opens for COCA students on November 1. COCA students receive a $45 discount if they register before November 15. For early registration, students should register by contacting COCA’s Registration Office at or 314.561.4898.   

General Registration | Opens NOV 15 

General registration opens November 15. Dancers should register through COCA’s registration website or by contacting COCA’s Registration Office at or 314.561.4898.  

Step 2: Complete the Audition Form 

Upon registration, participants need to complete the Audition Form. 

RSIA Weekend Schedule

Friday, January 12

5:00–5:30PM | Check-in/Registration

5:30–6:45PM | Sample Class #1

6:30–7:00PM | Check-in/Registration

7:00–8:15PM | Sample Class #2

Saturday, January 13

Doors open at 8:30AM

Summer Opportunity Fair is ongoing

Registration Times: 8:30–9:00AM | 11:45AM–12:15PM | 2:30–3:00PM

Audition #1 Ages 14–15

9:00–9:45AM | #1 Barre/Warm-Up

9:45–11:15AM | Ballet

11:15AM–12:15PM | Modern/Contemporary

Audition #2 Ages 15–16

12:15–1:00PM | #2 Barre/Warm-Up

1:00–2:30PM | Ballet

2:30–3:30PM | Modern/Contemporary

Audition #3 Ages 17+

3:00–3:45PM | #3 Barre/Warm-Up

3:45–5:15PM | Ballet

5:15–6:15PM | Modern/Contemporary

Sunday, January 14

Doors open at 8:30AM

Summer Opportunity Fair is ongoing

Registration Times: 8:30–9:00AM | 11:30AM–12:00PM

Audition #4 Ages 13–14

9:00–9:45AM | #4 Barre/Warm-Up

9:45–11:15AM | Ballet

11:15–12:15PM | Modern/Contemporary

Audition #5 Ages 11–12

12:15–12:45PM | #5 Barre/Warm-Up

12:45–2:00PM | Ballet

2:00–3:00PM | Modern/Contemporary

Sample Classes

On Friday, January 12, dancers have the opportunity to take sample classes given by faculty members from the various programs participating in the auditions. Sample classes open for registration on November 1.  

Preregister | $15 per class 

At the door | $20 per class 

Summer Opportunities Fair

Throughout the weekend, visit with participating programs and learn more about their summer intensive program offerings. The Summer Opportunities Fair will be held in the Centene Commons. 

What to Wear

Applicants should wear a black leotard and convertible skin-tone or pink tights, OR a white fitted T-shirt and black tights. Hair should be worn in a bun if long enough. Bring ballet and pointe shoes and be prepared to dance barefoot for modern. COCA accepts gender-neutral dance attire, and dancers may select which option is most comfortable.  

Hotel Accommodations

The Cheshire Hotel | 6300 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117 |