Join us this summer for our teen intensives!
Teens work with COCA’s professional teaching artists, and meet and collaborate with other talented teens while they build and refine their skills in dance, voice, musical theatre, and filmmaking.
Ballet & Contemporary Intensive
JUN 1–11 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $895 | AGES 14 TO 18
Led by the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers, this intensive is for dancers looking to refine their technique and artistry, while having a fun and quality summer dance experience. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, men’s, jazz, and contemporary. We work on repertoire and variations. Dancers must have extensive training with a minimum of two years of pointe work.
Ashley Bouder: Principal Dancer New York City Ballet
Michael Snipe Jr: Former dancer Ailey II, Parsons Dance Company, and Movin’ Out (musical), Ballet Faculty at Ballet Tech in New York City
Matthew Dibble: Former dancer with Royal Ballet Company, founding member of K Ballet, Broadway performer
Stephen Rooks: Former Principal Dancer Martha Graham Dance Company
Tommie Waheed Evans: Former Dancer Philadanco!, Assistant Professor of Studio Practice UArts Philadelphia
Ballet Studio Junior Intensive
JUL 6–JUL 23 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $700 | AGES 9 TO 14
This full-day, 3-week intensive includes ballet, modern, and character technique classes led by American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Pre-Primary-Level 5 Certified Instructors. Students focus on elements to improve their training as performing artists: musicality, the expressiveness of contrasting movement energies, character development, and human emotion. Technical focus includes exercises to build the strength in core, legs, and feet required to be successful in many areas: allegro, adagio, turning movements, pre-pointe/Pointe, and Men’s class. The dancers learn the process of preparing for a performance. Each summer, we choose one particular ballet and explore the story, characters, and choreography.
JUN 21–25 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330 | AGES 11 TO 18
Participants spend the week diving into the vast world of tap dance for High Intermediate and Advanced levels. Each day we train in rhythm tap technique and choreography while also taking classes focused on tap history, musical theatre, audition techniques, improvisation and more. Guest teaching artists bring their unique styles and teaching methods to broaden exposure and knowledge of tap. Participants begin the week with a placement class to determine levels. Participants are split into the appropriate classes based off placement. Recommended for students in Tap IV or above or students with 6+ years of tap technique.
Voice Studio: Singing with Expression
JUL 19–23 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $290 | AGES 11 TO 13
This voice studio is designed to prepare students in middle school and early high school for an intensive experience. We begin to explore the connection between a singing technique and an acting technique. We cover vocal performance instruction, including sight reading, diction, breathing, and tone production. We also focus on acting exercises and lyric analysis to gain a better appreciation for the meaning of the song and its expressive content.
Voice Intensive I: Personal Songbook
JUL 26–30 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330 | AGES 11 TO 14
Take your singing to the next level. Students will have a fresh opportunity to re-examine their personal songbook as well as learn new material from the latest and greatest works of musical theatre.
Voice Intensive II: The Singing Actor
JUL 12–16 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330 | AGES 14 TO 18
This one-of-a-kind intensive is developed for vocalists who have completed the COCA Voice Intensive I and are interested in more advanced study. Utilizing songs that represent a variety of musical theatre styles, we integrate method acting technique into voice and scene work to better express a deeper understanding of the emotional life of the song. We also learn effective audition techniques and identify repertoire that highlights individual strengths as singing artists.
Michael Beatty: NYC actor, singer, and Broadway vocal coach
Phil Woodmore: musical director, composer, singer, and Broadway vocal coach.
JUN 28–JUL 16 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $1,375 | AGES 14–18
Sixteen selected teens participate in a three-week Filmmaking Intensive with award-winning documentary filmmakers from Chicago’s HipTruth Productions and NYC’s Human Pictures. Students meet during standard camp hours. They learn video production—from preproduction to edit—as they grapple with issues of race, identity, and place. They work in teams to create their own short documentary films that address real-life issues in Saint Louis. Students learn how to use cameras and sound recording technologies; how to identify, obtain, and conduct community interviews; and how to address artistic concepts, such as composition, framing, editing, and post-production.
Musical Theatre Biz Intensive
JUN 1–JUN 4 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $264 | AGES 16–21
Join us for a five-day intensive guided by musical theatre professionals from across the country in both a virtual and live format. Learn to act the dance and song, as well as improve your audition and on-camera technique for self-tape and more!