Join us this summer for our teen intensives held in Washington University’s state-of-the-art facilities. Teens will work with COCA’s professional teaching artists, and meet and collaborate with other talented teens while they build and refine their skills in ballet and contemporary dance, musical theatre, acting and voice.

Dance Intensives

Ballet and Contemporary Intensive

May 29 – June 8, 2018 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $895.00
This intensive focuses on the traditional ballet curriculum, including technique, pointe and men’s classes, as well as contemporary modern dance. Additional classes will diversify the training, with a concentration on choreography and repertoire. This program is designed for participants who have extensive training with a minimum of two years of pointe work.

Stephanie Phavorin: former first dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet, guest teacher for The Royal Ballet, guest teacher, ballet master and choreographer
Sofiane Sylve: former principal dancer with Het Nationale Ballet and New York City Ballet, principal dancer for the San Francisco Ballet
Tommie Waheed Evans: former principal dancer with Philadanco, dance professor at The University of the Arts

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Tap Intensive

*Note: The tap intensives have been combined. Contact Kelly Ging at or 314.561.4874

Jun 18–22 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00
Participants spend the week learning technique and choreography in musical theatre, tap and rhythm tap. We work on tap performance skills, learn tap history and practice rhythm and technique.

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Tap Intensive II

Jun 18–22 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00
Participants spend the week diving into the vast world of tap dance for High Intermediate and Advanced levels (Intermediate 4 or above or 6+ years of tap technique). Each day participants 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.

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Musical Theatre Intensive

On Camera Intensive

Jun 25–29 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00
Participants learn skills needed to professionally audition and perform for the camera in commercials, television, serial work and film. Participants work on basic acting technique and audition strategies and discuss and gain practical experience in adapting our stage technique to on-camera work. Each day, a selection of advertising copy, monologues and movie scenes on camera are practiced. Participants watch both professional footage and clips from our scene work each day as part of critique sessions.

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Voice Intensive I: Acting the Song

Jul 16–20 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00
The focus of this vocal intensive is to highlight the importance
of acting in vocal performance. Participants work to intellectually and emotionally understand the story in the song and connect method-acting technique to vocal production. While technical vocal instruction such as basic sight-reading, diction, breathing and tone production are part of the study, the goal of the intensive is to help participants connect with the audience and song in a more expressive way.

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Voice Intensive II: The Singing Artist

Jul 9–13 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00
This one-of-a-kind intensive is developed for vocalists who are interested in more advanced study. Utilizing songs that represent a variety of musical theatre styles, participants integrate method acting technique into voice and scene work to better express a deeper understanding of the emotional life of the song. Participants also learn effective audition techniques and identify repertoire that highlights their individual strengths as singing artists.

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Studio Art Intensives

Studio Art Intensive: Zines

Aug 6-10 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00
Zines are both a focused way to explore studio art and a great outlet for personal views to become communal information. Using a field trip to the Zine Collection at the St. Louis Public Library as inspiration, participants choose subject matter as the focus for their work. Participants experiment with a variety of materials to express personal views through visuals and text. Mediums may include drawing, printmaking, collage, mixed media, photography and photomontage. Each participant also learns saddle book binding to complete their zine and will leave with a copy of their work to add to their portfolio. Field trip included.

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Fashion Intensive

Session I: Jun 25–29 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $450.00
Session II: Jul 23–27 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $450.00
Spend a week completely immersed in design at the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator. Participants will experience the process of fashion design from start to finish during this intensive course where they will create effective mood boards, design garments, create and cut patterns and fabrics and sew muslin prototypes using a variety of machine techniques. Participants also have the opportunity to network with Saint Louis Fashion Incubator designers and hone valuable portfolio presentation techniques. This is an opportunity to gain access to the many areas of the fashion industry right in the historic St. Louis garment district.

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