Looking to improve your health, happiness and well being? Why not explore the arts this spring and summer? Research from the University of Western Australia suggests that exposure to the arts for just two hours every week can drastically improve your mental health and overall well-being. It can be active exposure, like painting or taking a dance class or passive exposure, like strolling through a gallery or attending a performance. Lucky for you and your family we have plenty of options for you to engage in the arts. On March 11th, 2019, registration for our Spring/ Summer session opens and we hope you are excited as we are about our new offerings and the popular camps and classes that are returning. Below is a little peek at some of our new and or improved programs to look forward to, also don’t forget that you can save big bucks on our summer camps if you register by May 1. All of the dates and descriptions are up on our website, our paper and digital catalog will be out soon. 

2019 Spring Class Table2019 Spring Class Table

New or Re-Structured 2019 Camps

Brand new camp for ages 3 years- 1st grade!

Island Style

Come join us on a journey to the Pacific rim where you will make new friends as you dance stories with your hands and feet, drum island beats, craft your own lei and much more during this artistic and imaginative adventure. Families are invited to an open house at 10:15 am on the last day of camp.

Dates: August 12-16, M-F

Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Ages: Preschool (3-5 years) & K-1st grade (students must be potty-trained)

Price: $69, fee includes a camp t-shirt


Brand new camp for ages 6-9!

NEW! Young Dancer Intensive

Do you dance in your dreams and everywhere you go? Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to spin and soar. We will start each day off with ballet to build a strong dance foundation, then explore a “genre of the day” class including jazz, modern, or hip hop and end the day with a creative class such as costume design or acting to ignite your imagination and performance skills. No dance experience necessary.

Dates: June 24-28, M-F

Time: 1-4 pm

Age: 6-9 years

Fee: $119, Fee includes a camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a snack and water bottle daily.

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Now we have a section open to beginning level students!


Join us for an exciting week of rhythm!  TAP CAMP will include classes in tap technique, repertory, improvisation, body percussion, music theory and concepts for the tap dancer, tap history, and tap in films. TAP CAMP will hold new challenges for beginning, intermediate, and advanced tappers.

Dancers should bring a water bottle and snack each day. An informal demonstration for family and friends will be held on Friday, Aug. 2nd at 5:00 pm followed by a potluck pizza party!  Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it's TAP CAMP time!

Dates: July 29-Aug.2,  M-F

Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: 3:00-5:00 pm (ages 6+, no experience- 2 years experience)

Tap II-V: 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Intermediate & advanced Tap Dancers ages 11+ or MCA Tap levels II-V. Tappers will participate in a placement class on day one.)

Fee: Tap for Kids and Tap I: $99

Tap II-V:  $189 

*Fees include camp t-shirt.

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Same great camp but new offerings within, including puppet making with Dr. Bob and Creative Journaling with Miss. Brianna!

Winona Arts Camp 2019

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 5th annual integrated arts summer camp. Once again students will get to rank their class choice of visual and performing arts they want to explore, having the opportunity to be immersed in four subjects a day. From puppet creation and creative journaling to learning chords on a guitar, there are plenty of options to satisfy the artist in everyone.  Back by popular demand, there will be an all camp talent show on Friday morning and families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3 pm on Friday afternoon. Once you have registered online or in-person, please fill out the class choice form.

Dates: August 5-9, M-F

Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

Age: 1st - 8th grade

Price: $199, Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

Class choices for 2019 include: Creative Journaling, Puppet Making, Stain Glass Techniques, Just Weave it, Guitar Star, Recorder Karate, The Monologue Challenge, Acting Up, Musical Theatre Dance, Dance Me a Story, Dance Around the World, and Intro to Hip Hop. Short class descriptions can be found on the class choice form.

New or Re-Structured Classes and Workshops

Brand new art workshop for ages 55+

Creative Journaling

Take time out of your day to channel your inner artist in written and visual expression. This process-based approach to creating will allow attendees to learn techniques in drawing, painting, and mixed media while using a journal format. Your intuition will guide you as you fill the pages.

What to expect:

-Guided lessons on multiple techniques

-Open-ended work time to experiment in each session

-Access to materials of interest

-Welcoming environment conducive for artistic growth

Day/Time: Mondays, April 1-May 20, 4:45-6:15 pm

Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Ages: Adults 55+ years

Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt

Price:  $18 includes all supplies (Discounted thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies)

Register: Please register today through MCA's Online System or return this Paper Registration Form to the MCA office or the office of our partner's at the Winona Friendship Center.


Brand New class in our brand new piano lab!

Beginner Class Piano for Adults: Keyboard Musicianship I & II

Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano? Here’s your chance to enjoy a low-stress introduction to the keyboard! This course is designed for students who have never taken piano lessons or have taken lessons a long time ago. The training in this class intends to create musical experiences that will enhance your keyboard playing skills and also your life. Group piano encourages us to support one another as we create music together.  Textbooks will need to be purchased before class begins. The only prerequisites are that you wish to learn to play and want to have fun in our new, state-of-the-art piano lab! Level II is a continuation of Level I.

Date: Sept. 10- Oct. 29, 8 weeks

Day and Time: Keyboard Musicianship I: Tuesdays, 1-2 pm

Keyboard Musicianship II: Tuesdays, Noon-1 pm

Ages: 18-Adult

Fee: $152

Instructor: Lauren Mechell

Textbook needed: Keyboard Fundamentals, 7th edition by James Lyke, Denise Edwards, Geoffrey Haydon, Ronald Chioldi, and Lee Evans 2017. ISBN: 978-1-60904-503-6, published by Stripes


New fun ballet & creative movement hybrid class for ages 4-6 

NEW! Dance Adventures

Do you have a little one who loves to twist and spin and dance around the room? If so they will love this sampler class which is a blend of creative movement and ballet technique and games.  Students will love expressing themselves through movement, gaining knowledge of different dance forms and benefit from moving in space with others. 

Day/Dates: Saturdays, Aug. 31-Nov.16 (No class Sept. 21)

Time: 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Age: 4-6 years by 8/1/19

Fee: $88

Instructor: J. Dienger


First time beginning level contemporary class offered at MCA

NEW! Beginning Contemporary

This is a beginning study of contemporary dance, an expressive dance genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, and classical ballet. In addition to exploring dance technique, dancers will also focus on initiation for movement and emotional intent behind each combination.

Day/Time: Thursdays, May 9-13

Time: 4-5 pm

Ages: 10+

Price: $57 (6 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger


New offering for guitar players

NEW! Guitar Ensemble

Come break new ground with this exciting new experience for guitar players! In this group setting, we will start with very simple music and build from there. Our director will make it easy and fun! A limited number of guitars are available upon request. Prerequisite: Basic guitar chord knowledge of C, G7, D7, G, Emin., D and A7

Date: Tuesdays, May 7-June 11 (6 weeks)

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Ages:            10-Adult (see Prerequisite info above)

Cost:             $65

Instructor: Kerry Klungtvedt


Now adults can participate in NTDD!

National Tap Dance Day workshops

Each class will include tap technique, warm-ups, and rehearsals to learn a choreographed piece to be performed at MCA’s National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) celebration in the Academy Theatre on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. Each year tap celebrations are held in honor of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday. Don’t miss this exciting performance opportunity!

Dates: Classes April 29- June 1, Rehearsal and performance Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.

Days, times and levels: See Below

Tap for Kids- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt (ages 6+ ), C. Deysach

Tap I- Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. & Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt (ages 6 years and up ), C. Martin

Tap II/III- Saturdays, 10:45 a.m.  to 12:45 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt , C. Martin

Tap IV & V- Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt, J. Dienger

Adult Tap- See Adult Fitness Section

Dancers will wear MCA Tapper Shirts, new ones can be purchased for $12 in the office.

*Please don't let the lack of tap shoes be a barrier, we have a tap shoes that can be borrowed in most sizes, just ask our office. New to MCA? No problem, please contact our office so we may help you choose the right level for you. 

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Songwriting and Storytelling Workshop for Homeschoolers

We are the Willows Homeschool Songwriting & Storytelling Workshop 

Come join the musicians of We are the Willows to discuss the creation of their album, Picture (Portrait), based on 350 letters sent between lead singer/songwriter Peter Miller's grandparents in WWII. Workshop participants will explore their own family histories and discuss creative processes, develop creative habits and practices, and explore songwriting and storytelling together.

This is a Page Series workshop geared towards ages 7-12, but families are welcome to join. Visit pagetheatre.org for more information about We are the Willows and their residency and performances in Winona, March 25-30.

Day/Time: Friday, March 29,1-2:30pm

Ages: 7-12 years, but families are welcome to join.

Where: Valéncia Arts Center (Home of MN Conservatory for the Arts) 1164 W. Howard Street, Winona (map)

Fee: Free, thanks to Page Theatre

Barre certification hosted right at MCA

Barre Above Training Hosted at MCA

Want to Become Barre Certified?
Register for our upcoming Barre Above training at Valencia Arts Center with Master Trainer Lauren George!

This is a one day training, with no additional renewal fees!
Barre Above blends the latest exercise science with the principles of the Lotte Burke method (the genesis of the Barre movement) delivering a fusion of ballet, Pilates, yoga, strength training and more in each workout. Our new, enhanced Barre Above program now includes 12 CECs

With This Barre Above Program, You’ll Receive:
•A complete turnkey program to quickly start teaching your own Barre classes
•Flexible class formats that can be taught with or without a bar
•Custom, Pre-set and Fusion choreography for designing popular classes with your personality
•Online Musicality Method™ training module
•No ongoing licensing fees
•Approved for CEC's by ACE, AFAA, NASM, SCW and PMA
•Simply attend a one day training session and start teaching the next day

Day: August, 17, 2019

Time: 8:30am-4:40pm

Register at https://store.barreabove.com/product/765

Learn more at barreabove.com