Student Companies & Placements

Pre-Professional Division students in the Dance Program may be placed in one of COCA’s three dance companies—Ballet Eclectica, COCAdance, and COCA Hip-Hop Crew. Students may audition and be accepted in up to two companies.

COCA Ballet Eclectica Dancers

Ballet Eclectica

Classical & Contemporary Ballet 

Ballet Eclectica pulls from the best of classical and contemporary ballet to build a repertoire fit for our most talented ballet students. Members are selected based on their ability to demonstrate clean classical technique and strong pointe work. Students have the rewarding experience of working in a wide variety of both classical and contemporary styles due to COCA’s commitment to arranging annual residencies with multiple visiting artists. These select guest choreographers are notable dance practitioners and offer their expertise providing our students with a learning experience that mirrors the nature of a professional dance company setting. 

Requirements: Selected students will receive an individualized schedule generated by the Artistic Team at the time of acceptance that will include a minimum of 7 classes per week as well as 2 student company rehearsal days per week. See company acceptance letter for anticipated schedule.

Annual Company Dues: 

First/Apprentice Company | $475
Second Company | $275

Artistic Director: Antonio Douthit-Boyd
Rehearsal Assistant: Jennifer Cudnik
Ballet Eclectica Second Company Rehearsal Assistants: Carrie Fernandez & Ashley Hamann

COCA COCAdance Dancer

COCAdance

Modern & Contemporary Dance

COCAdance is an advanced student dance company comprised of COCA’s most versatile young artists. Members of COCAdance are selected based upon their technical proficiency across genres and an eagerness to engage in the creative process. Students have the rewarding experience of working in a wide variety of styles due to COCA’s commitment to arranging annual residencies with multiple visiting artists. These select guest choreographers are notable dance practitioners and offer their expertise providing our students with a learning experience that mirrors the nature of a professional dance company setting. 

Requirements: Selected students will receive an individualized schedule generated by the Artistic Team at the time of acceptance that will include a minimum of 8 classes per week as well as 2 student company rehearsal days per week. See company acceptance letter for anticipated schedule.

Annual Company Dues:

First/Apprentice Company | $475
Second Company | $275
Senior Company | $175

Artistic Director: Kirven Douthit-Boyd
Rehearsal Assistants: Sam Gaitsch & Mariko Kumanomido

COCA Hip-Hop Company Students

COCA Hip-Hop Crew

Hip-Hop & Commercial Dance

COCA Hip-Hop Crew consists of students ages 10–18, as well as select adult hip-hop performers from the St. Louis region. Founded by Artistic Director Anthony “Redd” Williams, the COCA Hip-Hop Crew follows a curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in the commercial dance industry. Crew members are selected after demonstrating their ability to pick up choreography, understanding of rhythm, and movement quality. Students have the rewarding experience of working in a wide variety of hip-hop styles due to COCA’s commitment to arranging annual residencies with visiting artists. These guest choreographers are some of the most notable dancers and creative producers in the commercial dance industry and expose our students to the rigor of professional experience. 

Requirements: Selected students will receive an individualized schedule generated by the Artistic Team at the time of acceptance that will include 4-6 classes per week, depending on company level, as well as 2 student company rehearsals days per week. See company acceptance letter for anticipated schedule.

Annual Company Dues:

First/Apprentice Company | $475
Second Company | $275
Senior Company | $175

Artistic Director: Anthony “Redd” Williams
Rehearsal Assistant: Jasmine Spencer