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Cityscape
1:16 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Renowned Dancers Leave New York To Join COCA

Antonio, left, and Kirven Douthit-Boyd are principal dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York.
Andrew Eccles

Antonio Douthit-Boyd “stumbled upon dance” in St. Louis. Kirven Douthit-Boyd was “forced into it, really” in Boston. The pair, now principal dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, is moving to St. Louis to become the Center of Creative Arts’ artistic directors of dance.

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Paying It Back And Forward
2:01 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Celebrated Dancer Antonio Douthit-Boyd Returns To St. Louis To Teach New Generation

Antonio Douthit-Boyd
Credit Jacob Blickenstaff Photography

For dancer Antonio Douthit-Boyd, the time has come to return the favor.

At 16, the beat of a drum lured him off the street and into a Washington Avenue dance class, where he was soon taken in as a disadvantaged prodigy. It changed his life.

Now, he and his dancer husband, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, are coming home to instruct and nurture a new generation.

“I hope that Kirven and I can do for other students what they did for me,” Antonio Douthit-Boyd said.

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Data Visualization
8:39 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

St. Louis Data Project Reaches Half-Way Point

Jer Thorp
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern | File photo

Data artist Jer Thorp completed the research-based stage of his $75,000 project to examine and creatively present St. Louis’ data. The New York based artist’s research consists of city visits and extensive demographic and mapping research coupled with an unexpected emphasis on experiencing the physical environment of St. Louis.

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Dance
12:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

STL’s Antonio Douthit-Boyd Returns Celebrating 10 Years With Ailey, First Year Of Marriage

Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd at their wedding.
Ellyxandria Ferguson

Updated Friday, April 25, 2014 to include audio from Cityscape.

Growing up in north St. Louis, Antonio Douthit dreamed of dancing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The story of his rise from homeless kid to COCA prodigy to Ailey dancer is legend in the St. Louis arts world.

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Big Data
4:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

What Pictures Do St. Louis Data Paint? We're About To Find Out

Jer Thorp
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern | File photo

In 2009, Jer Thorp noticed that quite a few people were tweeting the words “Good Morning.”

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Black History Month
10:19 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Paintings, Plays And Puppets Mark Black History Month In St. Louis

Afriky Lolo's Samba will be at COCA's Founders' Theatre Feb. 8.
Provided by Afriky Lolo

St. Louisans can explore the area's broad past including black history through larger-than-life puppets, Gee’s Bend, Ala., quilters and exhibits by members of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries.

The recently formed Alliance of Black Art Galleries will debut its first collaborative exhibit in February in connection with St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration.

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Cityscape
4:32 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

COCA Presents 'Turn Of The Screw'

Cast of "Turn of the Screw" presented by COCA.
(Courtesy COCA)

The Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis is presenting psychological thriller "Turn of the Screw" this weekend, just in time to set the mood for Halloween.

The two-person cast is performing Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Henry James' 1898  gothic novella about a governess in England who takes a new position in Essex and begins to hear ghosts and see apparitions.

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