RSIA Information for Programs

Join other leading dance programs for COCA’s Regional Summer Intensive Auditions (RSIA)

COCA St. Louis Regional Summer Intensive Auditions

The Regional Summer Intensive Auditions (RSIA) are a collaborative audition opportunity, bringing together a variety of dance programs from across the country 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 information.

RSIA attracts an average of 225 students per year. In 2023, we had students from 15 different states represented at the auditions and 21 programs in attendance.   

COCA will host auditions onsite for students led by accomplished teaching artists and accompanists. Programs attending will receive recorded videos of the auditions, student audition forms, photos, and resumes electronically at the conclusion of the weekend.  

Student participation and sample classes will be offered in-person only.

Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fee to participate?

In Person: Program participation fee is $150 and includes one representative; $75 per additional representative. 

Virtual: Program fee is $125. 

How do I register?

To register your program to attend, complete the online registration form.

In Person: Program participation fee is $150 and includes one representative; $75 per additional representative. 

Virtual: If you cannot attend in person but would like to receive recordings of each audition, programs can register for the virtual option for $125. Virtual programs will receive all audition videos, forms, student photos, and resumes electronically at the conclusion of the weekend. 

Once you’ve submitted your registration form, our Registration Team will reach out to provide an invoice. Invoices must be paid, and materials received by October 15 to have your organization’s logo included in our promotional materials. 

What is the deadline for program registration?

For in-person attendance, programs must register by December 19.

For virtual attendance, programs must register by January 6.

When will registration open for students?

Registration will open for COCA students on November 1. General student registration opens on November 15. 

Who will conduct the auditions?

We have accomplished dance teachers who will give ballet, pointe, and modern combinations for the audition. 

What information will participating programs receive from students?

Participating programs receive an electronic copy of every student’s application, photos, and resume at the conclusion of the weekend. 

How can I sign up to offer a Sample Class?

Program sign-ups for Sample Classes are now closed. All Sample Class time slots have been filled.

Sample Classes will be held on Friday, January 17. 

Who follows up with students following the audition?

It is the responsibility of each organization to follow up with students regarding their acceptance to your summer program. The manner in which your organization communicates with students should be consistent with your normal practice (i.e., notify immediately following audition, only contact those accepted, emails to all who participated). 

What opportunities are available for additional promotion of our organization and programs at RSIA?

COCA hosts a Summer Opportunities Fair in conjunction with RSIA for parents/guardians and students to learn more about your summer intensive programs. One table will be provided per program registration. 

COCA provides a master calendar to parents/guardians and students with summer program information, dates, and locations for all participating programs. We will share your organization logo and a link to your website on our event page.