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Ballet Studio
July 6-17
Ages 9-14

Ballet Studio, COCA’s Jr. Ballet Intensive, has been adapted to a virtual format—featuring classes led by American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Pre- Primary–Level 3 Certified Instructors who also have experience teaching in fun and exciting ways online! This full-day, 2-week intensive includes ballet, modern, and character technique and focuses on elements to improve their training, including musicality, the expressiveness of contrasting movement energies, character development, and human emotion.

Throughout this intensive, dancers focus on the classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty—with the story being told in class and viewing professional ballet companies perform it onstage. Dancers learn to tell the story themselves through choreography and pantomime, as well as the process of preparing for a performance. The intensive concludes with a video performance showcasing the many new skills they learn.

Teaching Artists:
Norma Gabriel
Carrie Fernandez
Leigh Brockman-Horowitz

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June 15-19:

Simply Silly Inventions – AM

Turn hilarious ideas into extraordinary contraptions! Become like the artist/inventor Rube Goldberg and go where your imagination takes you. Learn about this cartoonist and the wacky inspired machines he created in his cartoons. Draw and create inventions using simple machines. We provide the wheels, gears, ramps, marbles, blocks, and other castaway toys. Question like a scientist, create like an artist!

Teaching Artists: 
Maria Ojascastro

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Zombie TV – PM

Using our favorite zombie characters as inspiration, we create our own undead characters and weave them together into a story that is comic or action-drama. We learn makeup special effects, practice shuffled steps and muffled grunts, and also work on camera skills. Working in small groups, we write a script, scout locations around COCA, direct, perform, shoot, and edit a short TV episode. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines. Stage make-up included. Campers must provide their own phone or tablet to use to video.

Teaching Artists: 
Chelsea Eicholtz
Eric Connors

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June 22-26:

Swiftie Songerwriter – AM

Calling all singer-songwriters! Inspired by our favorite pop musicians, campers write lyrics and melodies, work on performance skills, and create a fashion accessory to wear in this pop music creation camp. They write/perform individual songs; rehearsals focus on singing with expression and confidence.

Teaching Artists:
Syrhea Conoway
Whitney Tucker

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Global Art – PM

Look at classic and contemporary master artists from a different area of our globe each day. Then, use that work to inspire your own creations as we paint, draw, and sculpt, as individuals and in small groups. From Cheri Samba to Katsushika Hokusai and Titta Fasciotti to Frieda Kahlo, we look at art history through a global lens.

Teaching Artists:
Meredith Foster

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Legomation Music Video- PM

Campers with a basic understanding of Legomation take their skills to the next level as we work in two person teams to imagine their favorite song as a Legomation music video! Filmmakers select a song and create a stop motion music video. We storyboard, set up, light, shoot, create visual effects, and edit in sync with the music. Some legos are included in the camp; campers provide a phone or tablet for filming.

Teaching Artists:
Neal Brown

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June 29-July 2:

Fashion Design – AM

Campers learn about the fashion design process through design conceptualization and creating specific ideas for garments. We practice rendering and illustration, learn basic hand sewing techniques, makeover existing garments and build accessories ourselves. The possibilities are endless in this exciting fashion camp.

Teaching Artists:
Carly Moore

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Hello Dali – PM

From Dali to Warhol, campers explore modern art masters and the painting techniques they used. We create masterpieces as we explore a different style of painting each day while making it our own. Campers are encouraged to apply paint like impressionists, see like cubists, create dreams like surrealists, and create work that expresses their own unique perspectives.

Teaching Artists:
Meredith Foster

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July 6-10:

Art Reflections – AM

We use mirrors, metal, glass, water, and shattered surfaces to see and reflect the world around us in new ways. We paint and draw our observations “through the looking glass,” experiment with reflections in photography, and even include mirrors in mixed media creations.

Teaching Artists:
Meredith Foster

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Dance, Dance, Dance – PM

This is a great introductory camp for beginning dancers interested in energetic movement. Campers learn dance steps in jazz and hip-hop; and work on spacing, rhythm, and musicality. We then use what we learn in dynamic choreography. We even develop a few steps of our own to include in our final presented piece.

Teaching Artists:
Cyn Anderson

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Animation – PM

Explore three different styles of animation: stop motion using legos and clay, hand drawn, and live animation. Working in small groups, we write scripts, direct, perform, shoot, and edit films using COCA iPads. Everyone receives a copy of the videos created.

Teaching Artists:
Neal Brown

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July 13-18:

Hogwarts: The Journey Continues – AM

Campers invent new tales of the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley, and the magnificent enchanted castle of Hogwarts complete with original characters, old favorites, and magical creatures of all types. Campers collaboratively develop and rehearse a short script, then craft props, backdrops, and costume pieces to embellish the story. The magic of Hogwarts never fails! Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

Teaching Artists:
Alicia Like
COCA Faculty

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Stage Makeup – PM

Learn stage makeup techniques to transform into different types of characters for film, television, stage performances, and even haunted houses. Age into impossibly old people; create monster and zombie characters; give ourselves animal characteristics; and create cuts, bruises, and scars. Make up kits are provided

Teaching Artists:
Evann DeBosse

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July 20-24:

Video How to Dance Moves – AM

Campers practice new and popular dance steps and create a one-minute “how to” movie to teach their favorite dance move or choreography. Along the way, they practice skills in writing/storyboarding, and editing. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines. Campers provide their own phone or tablet to use for filming.

Teaching Artists:
Elise Kulik
Neal Brown

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Revolting Roald – PM

If you have a mischievous minds, join us to create characters and stories based on the work of beloved storyteller Roald Dahl. Inspired by books like The Witches, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda, we create a comic tale with an unexpected twist of our own design. We make exaggerated props and costume pieces and even create Snozzcumbers to fuel our imaginations. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

Teaching Artists:
Susan Kopp
Greg Jenkins

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July 27-31:

Page to Stage – AM

Let your imagination soar as you immerse yourself in the multi-disciplinary world of theatre. Bring the stories you imagine to life as you refine your skills as a script writer. Inspired by our favorite stories, books, and plays, we write dialogue, and doubling as actors, we workshop our scenes to support each other’s visions. What are you waiting for? Time to let your star shine!

Teaching Artists:
Alicia Like

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Health Moves – PM

Campers have fun creating a variety of delicious fresh fruit smoothies and adapting favorite snack recipes into healthy versions. They split their time between the kitchen and the studio as they also enjoy energetic hip-hop and jazz dance steps, work on musicality, spacing, and more. You must list any food restrictions or food allergies under special needs on the registration form or call COCA at least two weeks prior to camp to provide information about allergies. Groceries included in price; camper will need access to refrigerator, freezer, and blender. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

Teaching Artists:
Maggie Klonsky
Alisa Cooper

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August 3-7:

Acting for the Camera – AM

This camp is designed for young performers looking for practical instruction in acting for the camera. A working actor guides campers through practicing on camera interviews and monologues, even helping us create a mock commercial. Throughout the camp, we play back our work, gaining peer and instructor feedback to “try another take.” Campers receive access to videos of their best on camera work.

Teaching Artists:
Greg Jenkins

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Go Van Gogh – PM

From Van Gogh to Miró, master artists can provide tremendous inspiration to help young artists explore new mediums, styles, and subject matter for their own work. Each day, campers learn about a different artist as we look at our own artwork, then create work inspired by the artist?s life, artistic technique, medium, or subject matter. Art materials included.

Teaching Artists:
Sophia Pesce

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August 10-14:

Act Up – AM

COCA theatre artists guide performers through all the steps of acting in a theatre production. We develop an understanding of the audition and casting process, gain insight into read-throughs, learn how to notate and remember blocking, and use theatre games to better understand character development and relationships. Then, we memorize short scenes; build simple props, scenery, and costumes. Features multiple professional teaching artists to present a variety of arts disciplines.

Teaching Artists:
Alicia Like

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Chocolate Factory – PM

If your child ever dreamt of being Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, then this camp is a dream come true. Campers learn to create cake, mousse, shakes, dips, and sauces inspired by the Roald Dahl story while practicing kitchen safety and reinforcing basic cooking skills. You must list any food restrictions or food allergies under special needs on the registration form or call COCA at least two weeks prior to camp to provide information about allergies. Groceries included in price; camper will need access to kitchen equipment and appliances.

Teaching Artists:
Eleanor Humphrey

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August 17-21:

Decked Out Donuts – AM

Create, fill, glaze, frost, and decorate a wide range of deep fried and baked donuts as well as churros and funnel cakes. You must list any food restrictions or food allergies under special needs on the registration form or call COCA at least two weeks prior to camp. Groceries included in price; camper will need access to kitchen equipment and appliances.

Teaching Artists:
Eleanor Humphrey

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Claymation – PM

Want to learn how they made The Boxtrolls or Shaun the Sheep? We try it step by step. Working in small teams, we write a short scene, create a corresponding storyboard, and build clay characters and a set to bring it all to life through the video art of claymation! Camp ends with a screening of the new work for family and friends. Campers receive a copy of all the created videos.

Teaching Artists:
COCA Faculty

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