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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 dance, acting, and voice.

Dance Intensives

Ballet & Contemporary Intensive

JUN 1–12 | 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 at the New York City Ballet
Lauren Anderson: Former principal dancer with Houston Ballet
Matthew Dibble: Former dancer with Royal Ballet Company, founding member of K Ballet, Broadway performer
Tommie Waheed Evans: Founder of WaheedWorks, former dancer with Philadanco, assistant professor of studio practice at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia
Stephen Rooks: Former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company and Professor of Dance at Vassar College

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Ballet Studio Junior Teen Intensive

JUN 29–JUL 17 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $700 | AGES 9 TO 14

This full-day junior intensive includes ballet, modern and character technique classes. Students focus on elements to improve their training, including musicality, pirouettes, petite allegro, Adagio and Pointe (Pre-pointe, when appropriate). Dancers learn the process of preparing for a performance as well as studio and theatre etiquette. This 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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Tap Intensive

JUN 15–19 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330 | 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.

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Vocal Intensives

Voice Intensive I: Acting the Song

JUL 6–10 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330 | 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 methodacting 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. Voice students not currently studying at COCA should audition by submitting a video of one minute of singing to Shawna Flanigan, Director of Arts Education & Program Development.

Voice Intensive Instructors

MICHAEL BEATTY: NYC actor, singer and Broadway vocal coach
PHIL WOODMORE: Musical director, composer, singer and Broadway vocal coach

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Voice Intensive II: The Singing Artist

JUL 13–17 | 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. All singers leave the intensive with two to three contrasting songs prepared for their vocal portfolio. Voice students not currently studying at COCA should audition by submitting a video of one minute of singing to Shawna Flanigan, Director of Arts Education & Program Development.

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Theatre Intensives

Acting the Dance Intensive

JUN 1–5 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330 | AGES 14 & UP

Join Broadway veterans and regional professionals in this unique intensive designed for triple threats. If you are interested in connecting more deeply to your acting work while dancing, this intensive is for you! Get inspired to not just learn the steps, but to bring expression and individuality to your musical theatre dance technique. Campers explore the work of legendary musical theatre choreographers and iconic musical numbers in order to improve both their vocal and physical expression through dance. The intensive culminates in group sharing for an invited audience. Dancers must have two years of experience. Dancers must have two years of experience and receive placement by letter, or contact Jennifer Wintzer, Artistic Director of Theatre.

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Theatre Design Intensive

AUG 3–7 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $330 | AGES 14 TO 18

Aspiring designers sharpen their skills at reading and analyzing a script, imagining the physical world of the play, and creating designs in their choice of discipline. Students create a set design, including renderings and drawings; a costume design comprised of renderings and sketches; or a lighting design, which includes rendering and drawings. Along the way, they refine the communication skills they need for effective design dialogue in a theatre production. They learn what it takes to build or alter the designs they have conceived by exploring COCA’s brand new Berges Theatre, the scene and costume shops, and light/sound booth. Students leave the intensive with material for a design portfolio and have the opportunity to participate in developing and supporting the technical aspects of COCA’s Youth Musical Hairspray JR. in performance on August 7 & 8. Interested students should submit 3–5 jpgs of their work and a statement of intent to Shawna Flanigan, Director of Arts Education & Program Development.

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