A day at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts summer dance intensive

For three weeks each July, around 30-38 dancers venture to the small but safe and beautiful river town of Winona, MN. These intermediate and advanced dancers who range in age from 11-22 years experience full days of dancing, attend professional music and theatre performances, and make friendships that last a lifetime. The Intensive is rooted in strong ballet technique, but offers a well-rounded dance education and opportunity to study with top notch artists in a nurturing environment.

Here is a glimpse into the day in the life of a dancer’s during MCA’s Summer Dance Intensive (SDI).

7:30 am- Rise & Shine, breakfast downstairs at Alverna Center (student dorm).

8:30 am-ish- Walk across the courtyard from dorms (no road crossing needed) to MCA. Warm-up and get ready for class.

12:00-1:00 pm- Enjoy the short walk outside across the courtyard between MCA and the dorm to grab lunch and a little free time.

9:00-10:30 am- Start the day with Ballet. Students are broken up into two levels of ballet and pointe with Allan Kinzie

10:45-12:00 pm– Pointe technique and Variations (those not on pointe take this class as pre-pointe, in ballet slippers)

1:00-2:25 pm-  Modern Technique class with Sharon Mansur

2:35-4:00- Musical Theatre class with Ryan Cappleman

(These classes change daily and include European Character, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique), Barre, Pilates, Yoga, Intermediate/Advanced Tap Technique, Irish Dance, and or other ethnic Dance)

4:00-5:30 pm- Repertory rehearsal for final showcase

5:35 pm-  Van leaves for dinner on Saint Mary’s University of MN campus.

5:35-7:00 pm- Dinner and free time

7:00- 8:30 pm- Theory Class: Costume Design  with Tammy Schmidt

(Other theory classes include Life as a Professional Dancer, Nutrition, Goal Setting, Body Image, ABC’s of Pointe Shoes, Site Specific Dance, Voice and Movement, Character Development, and or Theatrical Make-up)

(A few nights have free time after dinner so that students can relax, socialize and do laundry.)

On the weekends dancers still have class, but there is also time for enriching and fun activities such as a visit to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum to view artwork of the master’s including Picasso and Monet, take in a professional theatrical production produced by Great River Shakespeare Festival, or a beautiful music concert that is a part of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. In past years SDI students have also visited Lark Toys, a world famous toy store with a beautiful carousel  and miniature golf course located about 20 minutes from Winona and enjoyed the outdoors at LaCanne Park, Garvin Heights and Lake Winona.

The 2019 MCA Summer Dance Intensive will be July 7-27th. MCA holds auditions throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as accepts video auditions. Learn more