Center of Creative Arts (COCA) Announced Upcoming Calendar of Events

Center of Creative Arts (COCA) Announced Upcoming Calendar of Events

May 21, 2014

Spring to Dance Festival 2014 Master Class: Elisa Monte Dance

Offered in conjunction with Dance St. Louis' Seventh Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival 2014, high intermediate and advanced-level dancers ages 14 and up are invited to participate in a master class with Elisa Monte Dance. The class will include modern technique and choreography from the company's repertoire. Founded in 1981, Elisa Monte Dance celebrates the work of Elisa Monte, a former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch and Pilobolus, is widely recognized for its highly athletic and sensual style exploring a multitude of topics and themes. The master class is Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30-7:55pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $20. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

May 24, 2014

Spring to Dance Festival 2014 Master Class: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Offered in conjunction with Dance St. Louis' Seventh Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival 2014, high intermediate and advanced-level dancers ages 14 and up are invited to participate in a master class with Dance Theatre of Harlem. The class will include ballet technique and choreography from the company's repertoire. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution that encompasses a performing Ensemble, a leading arts education center and an international education and community outreach program. The master class is Saturday, May 24, from 10:30-11:55am at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $20. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

May 24, 2014

Spring to Dance Festival 2014 Master Class: Grand Rapids Ballet

Offered in conjunction with Dance St. Louis' Seventh Annual Emerson Spring to Dance Festival 2014, high intermediate and advanced-level dancers ages 14 and up are invited to participate in a master class with Grand Rapids Ballet. The class will include ballet technique and choreography from the company's repertoire. Under the artistic leadership of Patricia Barker since 2010, Grand Rapids Ballet has made an exciting transformation that has attracted world-class dancers, produced some of the most creative works in contemporary dance and generated international attention. The master class is Saturday, May 24, from 12:30-1:55pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $20. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

June 2 - August 15

COCA 2014 Summer Arts Camps

COCA Summer Arts Camps for ages 3 to 18 feature a multitude of options for exploring theatre, dance, music, visual arts, culinary arts and more. Multidisciplinary themed camps allow kids and teens the opportunity to combine activities in several areas. Camps are available in one-week sessions, with morning, afternoon and full-day options. Before and After Care available; additional fees apply. Camps meet Monday, June 2 - Friday, August 15, at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO, and Whitfield School, 175 S Mason Road, Creve Coeur, MO. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. COCA 2014 Summer Arts Camps are presented by Mercy Kids.

June 2-13, 2014

COCA 2014 Summer Teen Arts Intensives at Washington University

Ballet, Musical Theatre Audition, Theatre Design

Teens ages 14 to 18 will work with professional teaching artists during two-week intensives for ballet, musical theatre, photography and theatre design at Washington University in St. Louis. The Ballet Intensive is led by Rolando Yanes, Director of Milwaukee Ballet II and the School of the Milwaukee Ballet. The Musical Theatre Audition Intensive is led by vocal music professional Michael Beatty, theatre professor Grace Austin and dance professional Kelly Ging. The Theatre Design Intensive (June 2-6 only) is led by Sean Savoie, Production Manager for The Muny and resident Lighting Designer, Production Manager and Design Coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis. The intensives meet Monday, June 2 - Friday, June 13, from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Washington University Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $480. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. COCA 2014 Summer Arts Camps are presented by Mercy Kids.

June 2, 2014 - August 16, 2014

COCA 2014 Summer Arts Classes

COCA offers child, teen and adult classes in Art and Design, Early Childhood, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Social and Cultural Dance, Fitness, Theatre, and Voice and Music. Multi-class discounts and payment plans available. 2014 Summer Arts Classes meet Monday, June 2 - Saturday, August 16, at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

June 4, 2014

St. Louis Cooking Tour in the COCA Kitchen

Join Chef Clara Moore, author of Shop Like a Chef, on a culinary tour of various St. Louis great food neighborhoods - including Chinatown, Little Mexico and The Hill - without ever leaving the COCA kitchen. In this hands-on cooking class, participants will cook dishes from an eclectic menu that expresses different and diverse neighborhoods. As participants cook each item, they will learn more about the rich history of cooking and food shopping in St. Louis. For ages 21 and up. The workshop is Wednesday, June 4, from 5:30-8:30pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $30 and includes dinner. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

June 7 and 14, 2014

COCA Presents 2013-2014: Trick Boxing

This smash-hit physical comedy is told through rapid-fire dialogue, high-energy dance numbers, ridiculous puppetry, true love and...boxing! Caught between a rock and a hard place, Danny becomes a boxer to pay a debt and, while training for his matches, meets a dancer who teaches him some
moves of her own. Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan make up the critically-acclaimed duo known as Sossy Mechanics. Recommended for teens and adults. Performances are Saturday, June 7, at 7:00pm and Saturday, June 14, at 7:00pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Tickets are $14-18. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. COCA Presents 2013-2014 is presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, with additional support provided by Edward Jones, Mary Strauss, The Cheshire and St. Louis Public Radio.

June 13, 2014 - September 7, 2014

COCA Gallery Exhibition: Breathe - Maria Ojascastro and Rudy Zapf

In this collaborative mixed-media exhibition, Maria Ojascastro and Rudy Zapf exhibit recent works layering prints, paint, text and found objects as a meditation on resilience. The opening reception is Friday, June 13, from 6:00-8:00pm in the Millstone Gallery at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. The exhibition is free and open to the public through Sunday, September 7. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. Breathe is presented by the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, with additional support provided by The Millstone Foundation and Missouri Arts Council.

June 21, 2014

Art & Wellness Retreat

This workshop, which highlights the healing and meditative power of art creation, is comprised of hands- on projects led by artists Maria Ojascastro and Rudy Zapf. Working with Maria Ojascastro in the morning, participants will manipulate pre-printed images and text into a vehicle for personal expression to create a unique mixed-media work of art. After a boxed lunch, participants will work with Rudy Zapf to create mixed media "story boxes" that house found and created objects, words and art materials to tell a story. This workshop is appropriate for students with varied art backgrounds. This workshop is presented in conjunction with Breathe, an exhibition of Ojascastro's and Zapf's work in the Millstone Gallery at COCA opening June 13, 2014, that layers prints, paint, text and found objects as a meditation on resilience. For ages 18 and up. The workshop is Saturday, June 21, from 9:30am - 3:30pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $55 and includes lunch. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

June 26, 2014

Taste of COCA: Ragtime Rehearsal

Taste of COCA events are 'bite-sized' opportunities for adults to sample the arts at COCA. Each TOC event includes a creative arts experience, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Join Director Grace Austin, Vocal Director Phil Woodmore and the cast of Ragtime for a backstage preview of the highly-anticipated production celebrating the 10th anniversary of the COCA Summer Musical. For ages 21 and up. The event is Thursday, June 26, from 6:00-7:30pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Tickets are $20 per person. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. Taste of COCA events are hosted by the COCA Associate Board and are sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Major Brands and Skinnygirl Cocktails.

July 25 - 26, 2014

COCA Presents 2013-2014: Ragtime - COCA Summer Musical

COCA Theatre Company (CTC) presents Ragtime, with book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. The COCA Summer Musical celebrates its 10th anniversary with this powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America. Ragtime draws upon the era's rich and varied music to tell the story of three extraordinary families struggling to make sense of life in America. The cast includes students chosen by area-wide audition as well as CTC alumni from the last 10 years of COCA Summer Musicals. This CTC production is directed by Grace Austin, with musical direction by Adaron Jackson and choreography by Lee Nolting and Christopher Page. Recommended for teens and adults. Performances are Friday, July 25, at 7:00pm and Saturday, July 26, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Edison Theatre at Washington University in St. Louis, 6445 Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, MO. Tickets are $18. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. Ragtime is sponsored by Mary Strauss, with additional support provided by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, and is presented as part of COCA Presents 2013-2014, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. The COCA Pre-Professional Division is supported by Surdna Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Monsanto Fund, Glassberg Family Foundation and Emerson.

July 28 - 30, 2014

COCAedu 2014 Summer Institute for Arts Integration

The COCAedu 2014 Summer Institute for Arts Integration will provide educators with strategies on how to use the arts to connect to curricular areas, increase student engagement, deepen student comprehension and identify alternative assessment opportunities. Workshops are designed to let participants to explore quality arts integration, and give them the tools and strategies to feel confident using the arts across a variety of content areas. In addition, all workshops will explore ways to use the arts in science and math, in support of the national STEAM movement. Featuring workshops by Sean and Melanie Layne, and Randy Barron, arts integration experts and coaches with The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The institute is Monday, July 28 - Wednesday, July 30, at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $150 for educators; $100 for university students; free for COCAedu Interchange teachers and teaching artists. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information. The COCA 2014 Summer Institute for Arts Integration is presented by Peabody Energy.

August 7, 2014

COCA Student Company Auditions: Allegro

COCA's student vocal ensemble has a repertoire that incorporates musical theatre, pop and seasonal arrangements. Allegro performs both at COCA and throughout the St. Louis community. Interested students ages 11 to 18 should prepare a complete song and bring sheet music, a resume and a headshot/photo. An accompanist will be provided. Students selected must pay a $450 participation fee, enroll in a required number of classes and attend weekly rehearsals on Saturday afternoons. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Auditions are Thursday, August 14, from 3:30-5:30pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

August 11, 14 and 17, 2014

COCA Student Dance Company Auditions
Ballet Eclectica, COCAdance and The COCA Hip-Hop Crew

COCA holds annual auditions for ages 10 to 18 for its three student dance companies. Ballet Eclectica's repertoire incorporates elements of classical and contemporary ballet. COCAdance's repertoire incorporates elements of modern and various jazz styles. The COCA Hip-Hop Crew's repertoire features cutting-edge hip-hop choreography by founder Anthony "Redd" Williams. All three companies provide members with performance opportunities both at COCA and throughout the St. Louis community. Advance registration for all student dance company auditions is required. Students auditioning for more than one company (two maximum) must register for and attend both auditions. Students selected must pay company dues, enroll in a required number of classes and attend company rehearsals. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. A parent/dancer informational meeting and mock audition is Monday, August 11, from 5:00-8:30pm. Auditions for ages 10 to 13 are Thursday, August 14, from 4:30-6:30pm and Sunday, August 17, from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Auditions for ages 14 to 18 are Thursday, August 14, from 6:30-8:30pm and Sunday, August 17, from 1:30-3:30pm. All auditions are held at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

August 16, 2014

Asian Market Tour of St. Louis

Join Chef Clara Moore, author of Shop Like a Chef, on this educating and delicious tour of St. Louis Asian markets. Participants will travel to a variety of small stores and explore the shelves and freezers while learning about new ingredients and equipment. Chef Clara will explain how to shop for seafood and other diverse ingredients while helping participants understand how to use them in simple recipes. The tour will end with a Korean-style lunch at Chef Clara's favorite Korean restaurant. Participants will learn how to shop for diverse ingredients and use them in simple recipes. The tour ends with lunch at Clara's favorite Korean restaurant. The tour begins and ends at COCA, with transportation provided by COCA. For ages 21 and up. The tour is Saturday, August 16, from 10:00am - 1:00pm at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Registration is $30 and includes lunch. Call 314.725.6555 or visit www.cocastl.org for more information.

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