A CLASSICAL BALLET COMMUNITY, EXCLUSIVELY FOR ADULTS
JUN 1–6 | M–F 5:00–9:00PM & SAT 9:00AM–3:00PM | AGES 21+
COCA welcomes Adult Dancers to a six-day focused ballet experience held after-work hours. Offering detailed, hands-on instruction in Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, Intro to Pas de Deux, Character Dance, Conditioning for Dancers and Choreography Lab, this program is not just about taking class, but about the full Ballet Experience for the mind & body. No Audition required. Minimum of 6 months of recent Ballet Training recommended.
Ballet Conditioning is essential to any committed ballet student, as it offers a fine-tuned approach to understanding how to feel, work and access one’s core, turnout, back and strength, specific to the ballet body. Our 45 minute class will combine movement from Yoga, Ballet, Pilates and Progressive Ballet Technique.
CLASSICAL BALLET TECHNIQUE CLASS
Ballet Technique Class is fundamental to a dancer’s day. With emphasis on alignment, placement and artistry, our technique classes will move through barre to center at a pace where everyone feels challenged and successful! Our teaching artists hold certifications in both the Vaganova (Russian) Syllabus, as well as the ABT/NTC (American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum, Levels Pre-Primary through 5), and artfully combine their knowledge to create movement fit for the adult ballet dancer.
CLASSICAL VARIATIONS CLASS
Variations class offers students the opportunity to study 1-2 variations from the classical ballet repertoire. Studying these variations gives the ballet student a sense of history, artistry and movement particular to performing onstage!
Whether you don the pointe shoes for this class or not, this beginning pointe class is a wonderful introduction to the World of Pointe. With exercises designed to strengthen the ankles, arches and foot, Pointe Class is for everyone!
CHARACTER DANCE CLASS
Character Dance is the stylized version of world or folk dances often seen performed in the classical ballet repertoire. Travel the world with us in this introduction to Character Dance as we look at dances from Hungary, Poland and Spain, to name a few!
BEGINNING PARTNERING CLASS
Pas de Deux, or Partnering, is the study of making two dancers become one. Most often thought of in terms of the classical ballet repertoire, basic partnering skills can truly inform a dancer’s understanding of placement, conditioning and teamwork!
Our Summer Ballet Intensive students will be learning a short piece of choreography from the classical ballet repertoire. We will use this class time to set and rehearse that choreography.
OPTIONAL NIGHTLY EXCURSION (M-TH Only)
COCA sits right at the beginning of what is known as The Delmar Loop in St. Louis. Join us nightly for a stroll down the Loop for dinner, drinks and/or relaxation and laughs!
PHOTO SHOOT (Saturday Only)
We will have our “class photo” taken by a professional photographer and offer up the opportunity for our students to have an individual moment in the spotlight (headshot, ballet pose, silly pose-dancer’s choice!) with our professional photographer.