Students of all backgrounds look to COCA’s Pre-Professional Division for the training and inspiration they need to pursue their passion for the arts.

COCA Student Dance Companies & Theatre Ensembles

Our student companies give talented actors, dancers and vocalists the opportunity to develop their skills, train with professional guest artists, grow as individuals and perform with confidence.

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National Honor Society for Dance Arts

The National Honor Society for Dance ArtsTM (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K–12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education.

Discovery Young Artists Program

The Discovery Young Artists Program supports students in the fourth through eighth grades who show exceptional aptitude for dance. By offering financial, artistic, academic and transportation support, we enable young people to develop their skills within COCA’s supportive environment.

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Nearly 400 career-oriented young artists depend on our Pre-Professional Division to provide the rigorous, diverse instruction necessary to achieve the highest levels of professionalism and performance.


Of Students

For nearly two decades, every COCA pre-professional senior has graduated with post-secondary plans for college or professional training. Many are the first in their families to attend college.