Class Registration Information
Registrations for full-year classes (Fall & Winter/Spring), full-semester classes (Fall, Winter/Spring, or Summer), 7-week classes, and one-time workshops are accepted online, by phone, and in person.
Below, you’ll find information about how to register, fees and available discounts, withdrawals and transfers, sliding scale tuition, placement, important dates and deadlines, and more.
How to Register
Log in or create an account, add classes to your cart, and check out with a credit card. Online registrations are subject to a 1.756% processing fee.
Current/previous students can call the Registration Office to register. New students may register by phone after an online account has been created.
Visit COCA’s Registration Office in-person during Registration Office hours (see below) to register. Appointments are available, but not required. Call the Registration Office to schedule an appointment.
Registrations are NOT accepted via fax.
Pre-Professional Division families should contact the Registration Office to register for classes.
Contact the Registration Office
ATTN: Registration Office
6880 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63130
Registration Office Hours
Fall & Winter/Spring Semester
MON–FRI | 9:00AM–6:00PM
SAT & SUN | Closed
MON | 7:30AM–6:00PM
TUE–FRI | 8:00AM–6:00PM
SAT | Select dates & times
SUN | Closed
COCA charges a non-refundable annual registration fee of $30 per person. The registration fee will be automatically added, annually, to your online order, when it applies. Students can be waitlisted online without being charged the registration fee.
COCA will email confirmation of your registration. If you do not receive it, please contact the Registration Office.
Students registering for full-year classes (Fall and Winter/Spring Semesters) are eligible for a discount. Contact the Registration Office to register with the full-year discount.
Students registering for three or more full-semester classes are eligible for a discount applied per person, per semester. Multi-class discounts apply to full-semester classes only.
Fall & Winter/Spring Semesters
1–2 Classes | Full price
3–4 Classes | $60 off each additional class
5+ Classes | $100 off each additional class
1–2 Classes | Full price
3–4 Classes | $45 off each additional class
5+ Classes | $75 off each additional class
Credit Card Surcharge
A surcharge of up to 3.25% of the total transaction amount is applied to all credit card payments.
Sliding Scale Tuition for Classes
COCA offers a sliding scale tuition program for qualifying students.
COCA offers convenient payment plans. A 25% down payment, $15 payment plan set-up fee, and the annual registration fee (if applicable) are required upon registration. Your credit card or checking account will be automatically billed in equal payments on the dates listed below. Payment plans may be used for summer camps or full-semester classes only.
Dates of Automatic Withdrawal for Payment Plans
- Fall Semester | SEP 15, OCT 15, NOV 15
- Winter/Spring Semester | FEB 15, MAR 15, APR 15
- Summer Arts Camps | MAR 1, APR 1, MAY 1, JUN 1
- Summer Semester | JUN 15, JUL 15, AUG 15
It is COCA’s policy to charge a $25 processing fee for any returned payments (checks or credit cards). Those whose payments are returned may lose the privilege to pay via check, credit card, and payment plans.
COCA reserves the right to suspend or terminate instruction and performance participation for students who do not meet their financial obligations. Students are liable for the full cost of tuition. Households with outstanding balances will not be allowed to re-register until the balance is paid in full.
For classes that have reached their maximum capacity, students may choose to be placed on a waitlist. To be added to a waitlist for a class, contact the Registration Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will be contacted if a vacancy in the program arises.
COCA offers students the opportunity to transfer to another class if space is available. A Transfer Form must be submitted by the transfer deadline. Transfers are not permitted after the deadline and cannot be processed without the Transfer Form submitted. Transfer Forms are available in the Registration Office and online.
Tuition fees will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee per class, if you submit a Withdrawal Form by the withdrawal deadline. Registration fees and payment plan set-up fees are non-refundable. COCA offers no refund or credit for missed class days due to illness, schedule conflicts, or for any other reasons.
COCA offers no refund or credit after the withdrawal deadline except for documented medical conditions. You must submit a Withdrawal Form and documentation on physician’s letterhead. Medical withdrawals must be submitted before the last day of your or your student’s class. Prorated tuition will be refunded less the $25 processing fee per class.
- Monetary refund: Saturday before the first class of the period
- Transfer/account credit: Before the second meeting date for the class
- Monetary refund: One week prior to the meeting date
- Transfer/account credit: The business day before the meeting date
Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer Semester Classes:
- Monetary refund: Saturday prior to the first day of class
- Transfer/account credit (Fall and Winter/Spring): Third Saturday of the semester
- Transfer/account credit (Summer): Second Saturday of the semester
In the event that enrollment does not reach the required minimum students or circumstances arise beyond COCA’s control, COCA reserves the right to cancel a class. Students will be notified, and the registrars will recommend a suitable replacement class. If no replacement can be settled upon, COCA will refund your tuition fees in full, less any non-refundable fees.
Students who miss class for personal reasons will not have the option to make-up classes in person. All make-up classes will be held online using either existing live online sessions or pre-recorded options. COCA cannot provide refunds or credits for missed classes. COCA Make-Up Class Policy
In the event COCA cancels a class during the semester, every effort will be made to offer make-up opportunities.
In the Event of Closure
If inclement weather, a power outage, or unforeseen circumstances necessitate the closing of any COCA program, COCA is not responsible for providing a make-up session, credit, or refund. COCA provides information about closings via text messages, local media outlets, cocastl.org, and phone at 314.725.6555.
In the event of closures to protect public health, COCA has pre-recorded classes and created an online curriculum and infrastructure that will be available to protect the continuity of your instruction. In the event that COCA experiences a closure, students will receive access to a link to content for their classes within 24 hours. Classes will continue in a virtual format as long as necessary to ensure that all students have a full semester. Pointe students will receive instruction in ballet technique only, as they are not able to safely work on pointe from home.
All make-up classes will be held online using either existing live online sessions or pre-recorded options:
- Join your regularly scheduled in-person class virtually via livestream: Notify Patron Services with as much advance notice as possible and at least two hours before the class begins.
- Join another session of the same class virtually via livestream: Contact Patron Services to discuss available make-up class options. Notify Patron Services with as much advance notice as possible and at least two hours before the class begins.
- Access pre-recorded make-up video content: Pre-recorded videos are available for most classes and can be accessed at your convenience through our Make-up Classes page. Some classes do not have a pre-recorded option.
In an effort to streamline registration and maintain the highest quality of instruction in the classroom, COCA hosts in-person Placement Classes for Dance, Theatre, and Voice. Current students receive end of semester Placement Letters for Intermediate through Advanced levels. Any classes requiring a prerequisite should be discussed with the Registration Office. This process ensures that both returning and new students are placed in the appropriate levels prior to the start of the semester.
Beginner level students do not need to attend a placement class, but instead may register for the age-appropriate beginner course.
All students in Intermediate- through Advanced-level classes must attend a Placement Class as a prerequisite to enrolling in the class. All students who participate in a Placement Class will receive an electronic Placement Letter for class registration.
Students should pre-register for a Placement Class online or contact the Registration Office.
For placement questions, contact:
- ART & DESIGN | Shawna Flanigan, email@example.com
- THEATRE & VOICE | Orlando Graves Bolaños, firstname.lastname@example.org
- BALLET, DANCE ENRICHMENT | Antonio Douthit-Boyd, email@example.com
- EARLY CHILDHOOD, FITNESS, JAZZ, MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE, SOCIAL & CULTURAL, TAP | Antonio Douthit-Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org
All students are placed with care and consideration at all levels of training. The changing of levels is always decided with the student’s best interest and advancement in mind; promotion may not occur every year. It is not uncommon for a student to stay at the same level for two or more years. (Each “year” consists of both Fall and Winter/Spring Semesters.) Students should remain in the previous year’s level for Summer classes. If a student is promoted too soon, they will miss valuable training, may struggle in subsequent levels, or become injured.
Any level changes will be communicated per instructor with Artistic Director and/or Dance Manager approval, or via the results of a placement class.
Early Childhood Classes (Ages 5 and under)
Students must reach the minimum age for enrollment by the first day of class. Registration for parent-and-child classes is required for the child only. Parents don’t need to register, but must attend.
Classes for students ages three and up are independent classes and do not require parent participation. Children must be fully potty-trained to attend independent classes.
If the student has food allergies, medical concerns, or physical accommodations, please list them on the Registration Form or contact the Registration Office.
Important Dates & Deadlines
JAN 13 | Deadline to request a monetary refund for Winter/Spring Semester
JAN 15 | COCA closed
FEB 3 | Deadline to register, request a transfer, or request a withdrawal from Winter/Spring Semester
MAR 18–22 | Spring Break; No classes
MAR 31 | COCA closed
APR 20 | Last day of Saturday classes
APR 23 | Last day of Tuesday classes
APR 24 | Last day of Wednesday classes
APR 25–27 | No classes
APR 29 | Last day of Monday classes
MAY 2 | Last day of Thursday classes
MAY 3 | Last day of Friday classes
MAY 7–30 | Maymester
MAY 27 | COCA closed
JUN 1 | Deadline to request a monetary refund for Summer Semester
JUN 3 | Summer Semester classes begin
JUN 15 | Deadline to register, request a transfer, or request a withdrawal from Summer Semester
JUN 19 | COCA closed
JUL 4 | COCA closed
AUG 11 | Last day of Summer Semester classes
Dates above apply to full-semester classes. Deadlines may vary for 7-week classes, workshops, and Winter and Spring Break Arts Camps.
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