A Message from Executive Director Kelly Pollock:
COCA’s campus is currently closed as we diligently prepare to provide you with a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment once we resume on-site activity. The wellbeing of our community continues to be our guiding light. We appreciate your patience as we prepare to fully communicate the full scope of our re-opening plans with you in the near future.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are deeply grateful for your continued, sustaining support during these challenging times.
Summer Camps, Classes, and Intensives
Given the timing of our extended closure, we are cancelling the first three weeks of Summer Camps and are adjusting the timeline for Summer Classes. We are making every effort to provide camp and class opportunities later in the summer, as long as we can do so safely. Based on what we currently know:
Summer Camps are set to begin Monday, July 13.
Please note: In-person Culinary and Early Childhood Camps will be cancelled for the Summer. These camps present unique challenges, and after much review and consultation, we feel it is best to err on the side of caution.
We’ve launched a brand new Virtual Summer Camp option – COCAcamps@Home! This online format will provide kids with engaging activities to keep them busy and having fun (not just more screen time). These camps have a holistic approach to nurture creativity in both the virtual and physical worlds.
Summer Classes, will be offered as an abbreviated 6-week semester beginning no earlier than the week of July 6 and running through the week of August 10.
Summer Intensives will largely take place between August 3 and August 21. However, the Tap Intensive is still currently rescheduled for June 15.
All currently enrolled families impacted by these schedule changes are being contacted directly by COCA’s Registration team. We are also taking further steps to ensure the safety of attendees based on the latest CDC and FEMA guidelines, including limiting camp and class capacity and putting additional sanitization protocols in place.
Once we are able to gather again, we anticipate camp and class space will fill quickly. If you would like to reserve your spot as part of your summer planning, please know we will be flexible if you decide you can’t attend or future circumstances dictate we are unable to gather.
As a reminder, COCA offers financial assistance. Our current application window opened on April 1. Click here to learn more and fill out an application for Summer Camps and Classes.
Performances and Public Events
As part of this evaluation process, we have made the following adjustments to public gatherings:
TRIumphant: A World of Dance – Originally scheduled for April has been moved to December 2020 as part of the Winter Rep concert.
Harmonious Vocal Concert – While we will not be holding a traditional Harmonious Spring concert, originally scheduled for May 6 -7, Vocal Company students had the opportunity to participate as performers and writers of their own musicals in the COCAwrites: Plays on Zoom festival (See immediately below for additional details regarding the free, online premiere on May 8).
Summer Musical: Billy Elliot – Originally schedule for July 24 – 25 has been postponed. Currently, our hope is to move Billy Elliot into next season as our headlining summer 2021 musical with our current creative team.
Youth Musical: Hairspray Jr. – On-schedule to be performed August 7-8. Any changes will be communicated as needed.
Additional public events – Millstone Gallery exhibits and COCAbiz workshops, are postponed until further notice.
Auditions and Rehearsals
May audition dates are being moved to later in the summer, and those dates are as follows:
COCAdance – Friday, August 21
Ballet Eclectica and COCA Hip-Hop Crew – Saturday, August 22
Please note these dance audition dates are for NEW members only. Current Dance Company Members will be placed and assessed by the Artistic Team.
COCA Theatre and Vocal Companies – Specific dates in August to be determined; we will communicate this opportunity as soon as information is available.
MARCH 27 Update:
A Message from Executive Director Kelly Pollock:
In the continued spirit of putting the health and safety of the COCA community first, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to extend the closure of our campus through Sunday, May 3rd, re-opening Monday the 4th. As has been the case, organizational leadership is meeting routinely and will communicate any adjustments as needed. With this decision comes a couple specifics I’d like to briefly mention.
Current Winter/Spring Semester:
We’ve been grateful to hear from so many students and families about how deeply classes and instructors are missed – how times like these shine a spotlight on how enriching arts experiences are needed. We’ve heard you: Our program team and teaching artists have worked together to shift classes and deliver them online (see more on this below).
Summer Classes, Camps & Intensives:
As of right now, Summer Camps and Summer Classes remain on schedule. During these rapidly changing circumstances, we will continue to make informed decisions along the way and let you know if adjustments regarding summer programming are made.
COCAcabana Annual Fundraiser:
We are doing everything we can to recreate the excitement and impact of this vital event by hosting a virtual party on the originally planned date of Friday, April 24. This essential fundraiser accounts for approximately 25% ($900,000) of COCA’s annual contributed revenue and is a significant source of funds for scholarships for the coming year. We are filled with gratitude for those who have already pledged to continue their support despite this setback. Learn more and RSVP here
We are elevating our efforts to build community online
The show must go on, and we have worked quickly to shift classes to an online platform through the end of the current semester. Of course, this fundamental shift in the way we communicate and do our work comes with a period of fine-tuning, and we’re thankful for the patience and understanding of students and families as we move to the virtual realm.
Our team values your feedback and hopes you’ll share it with us as we modify our approach. We are communicating with current semester students and families on what to expect and how to access classes online, and we hope you’ll stick with us as COCA classes go digital for the time being. For members of our student companies, you will hear directly from your artistic director regarding residencies, rehearsals, and performances as we continue to shift our schedules.
This is a difficult time, and we are deeply grateful for you working with us for the sake of everyone’s wellbeing. With the announcement of this closure extension, I also want to let you know we are doing everything within our power to support our staff and teaching artists, while serving our COCA community. I am eternally grateful for their inspiring work and adaptive nature, despite being in such unfamiliar territory.
Rest assured that we will be in touch with additional updates as needed