RSIA Information for Dancers

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

Ballet dancers in studio for center work

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 17–19, 2025 at COCA – Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis. Check back for 2025 RSIA audition information.

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. Registration encouraged by Monday, January 8, 2024.

Step 2: Complete the Audition Form 

Upon registration, participants need to complete the Audition Form. Audition materials MUST be submitted by Monday, January 8, 2024 at 11:59PM. 

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.

Preregister | $15 per class 

Day Of | $20 per class 

Participating Program Intensive Information

Want to learn more about the programs participating in the audition? View the Participating Program Guide to get an idea of what each program offers, their summer dates, as well as information on how you will get notified post-audition. 

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.