Choreographic Lab

Dance engagement featuring COCAdance & COCA Hip-Hop Crew

Mason Cummings and COCAdance dancer

COCA’s Choreographic Lab, launched by Co-Artistic Directors of Dance Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd in Fall 2021, supports the creative process of emerging choreographers. The Lab focuses on developing the choreographic and teaching practices of one select choreographer.

The Fall 2022 residency starts September 18, 2022, and provides training and mentorship.

Once selected, the choreographer will:

  • Join the COCA faculty—teaching advanced modern, contemporary, and hip-hop classes.
  • Create works for COCAdance and COCA Hip-Hop Crew, two of COCA’s Pre-Professional Division student dance companies.
  • Engage with mentors over the course of a 7-week period.
  • Share details of their experience at an informal showcase of choreography (November 4–5, 2022). A full production of the work will be presented in COCA’s annual spring dance concert, TRIumphant.

Choreographic Lab Mentors

Fall 2022 Choreographic Lab mentors to be announced. Mentors from the inaugural Lab included Claudia Schreier, Gemma Bond, Tommie-Waheed Evans, and Jamar Roberts.

Application Process

Individuals looking to develop new work and explore the creative process are invited to apply for the Choreographic Lab. Applicants must express a vision for the kind of work they wish to create and be open to dialogue with Artistic Directors, and other professional mentors, to shift through ideas and concepts.

Application deadline: August 1, 2022

Choreographic Lab Application

To apply for the Choreographic Lab, complete the application below. If you have work samples to submit, email to Kirven Douthit-Boyd at
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Mason Cummings Shares Choreographic Lab Experience

COCA alumnus and choreographer Mason Cummings brought new work to COCA’s stage for our inaugural Choreographic Lab Showcase in 2021. Mason was the first choreographer to participate in COCA’s Choreographic Lab. Hear from Mason about his experience!