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Nov 4 — Nov 5

Choreographic Lab

This performance presents the culmination of Ryadah Heiskell’s Choreographic Lab experience at COCA.

Under the guidance of Artistic Director of Dance Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Associate Director of Dance Production Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Ryadah Heiskell showcases her original choreography and shares the details of her experience working with COCA’s Pre-Professional Division Dance Program students. 

Mentors for the 2022 Choreographic Lab include Anthony Burrell, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Nina Flagg, and Clarisse Young.

About Choreographic Lab 

COCA’s Choreographic Lab, first launched by Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in 2021, focuses on developing the choreographic and teaching practices of emerging artists. During the six-week lab experience, the selected choreographer has the autonomy to explore their creative voice and enhance their artistic identity. The choreographer joins COCA’s faculty and sets original choreography on COCA’s Pre-Professional Division dance companies. The selected artist also engages with four mentors across commercial and concert dance fields. 

About Ryadah Heiskell 

Ryadah Heiskell has been choreographing since 2012 for recreational, competition, and concert dance. Heiskell’s choreography combines jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop dance styles to create unique, entertaining works. Her approach to choreography involves exploring time/space dynamics based in musicality, specifically polyrhythms, and the manipulation of traditional technique to create unique steps & moments throughout the piece. While Heiskell is inspired directly by the music, her goal is always to highlight the skills of the dancers. Most of Heiskell’s concert dance work explores abstract concepts in the human experience. 

Nov 4 — Nov 5

Choreographic Lab

This performance presents the culmination of Ryadah Heiskell’s Choreographic Lab experience at COCA.

November 4 November 5

6880 Washington Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130
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$20

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