Join us this summer for our teen intensives! 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 28–JUN 7 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $895.00 | 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.

Former principal dancer with Houston Ballet
Former dancer with Royal Ballet Company, founding member of K Ballet, Broadway performer
Founder of Waheed-Works, former dancer with Philadanco, assistant professor of studio practice at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
Principal dancer with Miami City Ballet, former soloist with ABT and San Francisco Ballet
Director of Dance at The Juilliard School, former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and The Dance Theater of Harlem
Associate professor of dance at Boston Conservatory, former artistic director of Boston Youth Moves

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Tap Intensive

JUN 10–14 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00 | AGES 11 TO 18

Spend the week diving into the vast world of tap dance for high intermediate and advanced levels. The week will begin with a placement class to determine each person’s level. Each day students will train in rhythm tap technique and choreography while also taking classes focused on tap history, audition techniques, improvisation and more. Guest teaching artists bring their unique styles and teaching methods to broaden exposure and knowledge of tap. The intensive culminates with an informal showing highlighting the choreography learned, displaying a variety of tap styles and music. Recommended for tap dancers in Tap IV or above or with 6+ years of tap technique.

To schedule an audition/placement class, or for more information, please contact: 
Kelly Ging,

Please note: Auditions/placement classes must be scheduled by May 3, 2018.

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2019 Ballet Studio Junior Intensive

JUL 1–19 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $700.00 | AGES 9 TO 13

This full-day junior intensive includes ballet, modern and character technique classes led by American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Pre-Primary–Level 3 Certified Instructors. Students focus on elements to improve their training, including musicality, pirouettes, petite allegro, Adagio and Pointe (Pre-pointe, when appropriate). The dancers learn the process of preparing for a performance as well as studio and theater etiquette. This thirteen-day intensive culminates with an open performance for family and friends. The studio is divided into two sections—based on each dancer’s ability. Dancers must have completed Ballet IA through Ballet IV/V (if currently enrolled at COCA) or have completed more than three years of classical ballet training.

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To schedule an audition/placement class, or for more information, please contact:
Norma Gabriel,

Vocal Intensives

Voice Intensive I: Acting the Song

JUL 8–12 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00 | AGES 14 TO 18
The focus of this vocal intensive is to highlight the importance of acting in vocal performance. We work to intellectually and emotionally understand the song’s story and connect method-acting technique to vocal production. While technical vocal instruction such as basic sight-reading, diction, breathing and tone production will be covered, the broader goal of the intensive is to help participants connect with the audience and sing in a more expressive way. All singers leave the intensive with two contrasting songs prepared for their vocal portfolio.

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Voice Intensive II: The Singing Artist

JUL 15–19 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330.00 | AGES 14 TO 18
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: Curation

JUL 29–AUG 2 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $280.00 | AGES 14 TO 18
Art curation is the practice of archiving art and other cultural relics to tell a story or preserve history through selection, sequencing/arrangement, labeling and textual references. Students will use a field trip to Saint Louis Art Museum as inspiration to further their understanding and practice of curation and its relevance in our world. Using common, everyday objects they will curate their own mini-exhibit to tell a story that reflects their respective interests. Field trip included in the price.

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Fashion Intensive I

JUN 10–14 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $450.00
JUN 17–21 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $450.00
AGES 14 TO 18
Experience the exciting process of fashion design from start to finish in one fast-paced week at the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator, located in the heart of downtown St. Louis. During this action-packed intensive you will learn how to curate visuals with mood board skills, design a prototype garment, create and cut paper patterns, and sew a muslin using a variety of machine techniques. Our expert teachers guide you through each step. At the end of the week, you have the opportunity to present your finished ideas to an audience of fellow students and industry professionals. You also gain valuable insights into future careers in the fashion industry.

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Fashion Intensive II

JUL 8–12  |  9:00AM–3:00PM  |  $450.00
AGES 16 TO 18 
This intensive takes a deeper dive into the process of designing and making garments. Based at the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator in downtown St. Louis, students build on the skill set learned in Intensive I. We spend more time working
on the process of design—sketching initial ideas and producing technical drawings. Thinking about proportions and details, stitch types and fastenings, we expand our design, pattern making, and sewing skills. At the end of the week, you have produced a mood board, a design range board, and a detailed prototype garment. You present your ideas to your fellow students and industry professionals as part of a critique. Throughout the week you learn more about careers in the fashion industry.

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