RSIA Information for Dancers

Audition for leading dance programs at COCA’s 2023 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 13–15, 2023 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 

RSIA Weekend Schedule

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. 

Sample Classes

On Friday, January 13, dancers have the opportunity to take sample classes given by faculty members from the various programs participating in the auditions. 

Preregister | $15 per class 

At the door | $20 per class 

Sample Classes | 5:30–6:45PM

Int/Adv Contemporary | Ages 18+ | The Big Muddy Dance Company | Register

Ballet Technique | Ages 11–18 | Cincinnati Ballet | Register

Adv Ballet | Ages 14+ | Louisville Ballet | Register

Balanchine-style ballet class | Ages 14+ | Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School | Register

Afro-Cuban | All Ages | Ruth Page School of Dance | Register

Int/Adv Ballet | Ages 15–19 | Sarasota Ballet | Register

Int/Adv Jazz | Ages 13–25 | Webster University | Register

Sample Classes | 7:00–8:15PM

Int/Adv Contemporary | Ages 15–17 | The Big Muddy Dance Company | Register

Int/Adv Ballet | Ages 11–22 | Kansas City Ballet | Register

Int/Adv Ballet | Ages 14+ | Mareck Center for Dance | Register

Int/Adv Ballet | Ages 12+ | Nashville Ballet | Register

Modern/Contemporary | All Ages | Ruth Page School of Dance | Register

Int/Adv Ballet | Ages 16–17 | Sacramento Ballet | Register

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. 

Health & Safety Procedures

Student participation and sample classes will be offered in-person only while following COCA’s Health & Safety Procedures

Hotel Accommodations

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