About Us

General Information
Registration Policy

Students must register for all classes in advance, online, in person, or by mail.  Payments may also be dropped off in the secure drop box located outside of the main office.

Class Placement

Placement for classes is at the discretion of the instructor. Students will initially be placed in an estimated level based on past experience and age. The first week of class is used as an opportunity for instructors to observe and evaluate students in class to determine the appropriate level. If a level change is needed, instructors will make this change within the first two weeks of the semester. Age based classes are based on the age of the student as of Sept. 1.

Dance Division Dresscode

MCA students are asked to follow the below dress code. Adhering to this policy promotes safety and injury prevention, allows instructors to view the student’s bodylines and placement to make corrections, and provides a sense of tradition, discipline and respect. Please note: no jeans may be worn for any classes.

Ballet: Female attire – pink tights, pink ballet slippers and a black leotard, hair pulled tightly off the face and neck in a bun.

Male attire – white T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts and black or white ballet slippers (dance belt required for teen and adult male dancers.)

Modern, Creative Movement & Boys in Motion: Moveable clothing (not too baggy as to hinder the instructor’s view of the student’s body lines), bare feet, hair pulled off the face and neck.

Tap: Moveable clothing and oxford style tap shoes, hair pulled off the face and neck.

Jazz: Moveable clothing (not too baggy as to hinder the instructor’s view of the student’s body lines), jazz shoes, jazz sneakers or ballet slippers, hair pulled off the face and neck.

Dance Technique for Boys: White T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts (dance belt required for teen and adult male dancers) and black or white jazz shoes or ballet slippers.

Irish: Moveable clothing (not too baggy as to hinder the instructor’s view of the student’s body lines), shorts or leggings are preferred, and Irish soft shoe Ghillies. Black ballet slippers are acceptable for beginners. Irish hard shoes also required for dancers in Irish II & up.

Hip Hop, Adult & Other Specialty Classes: Moveable clothing as desired. Hip Hop students wear clean tennis shoes or jazz sneakers. Oxford style tap shoes required for Clogging and Teen/Adult Tap students. Ballet slippers or jazz shoes for Teen/Adult Ballet. Barre Sculpt Students can be barefoot.

Attendance/Offerings

MCA classes requiring attendance more than once a week should be registered for as the entire class package. Attending only a portion of the required days will not allow the student to receive the full curriculum. If a student must miss certain classes, the instructor must be informed. After speaking with their instructor, students may attend a different class in lieu of their regularly scheduled class. Students needing specialized schedule including pro-rated tuition will be charged a $15 administrative fee.

Observation Policy

Observation of Dance classes is allowed only Observation Week and Demonstration Week.  Classes are otherwise closed for observation. Observation of Music and Theatre Division programs will coincide with performances and concerts. Visit our event listing for observation dates.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Students who have taken classes with MCA in the past and are interested in continuing their education may apply for an Apprenticeship.

Apprentices are responsible for assisting the instructor with several tasks including: the participation in each assigned class, individual demonstrations for the class, and acting as a class leader, and any and all additional responsibilities listed in your agreement.

Students who serve as apprentices with be rewarded a discount off their own MCA tuition. The tuition discount amount is that of the class that you apprentice for. This discount will be credited to your account and will be applicable for a year.

If you are interested in applying for this unique privilege, please email us at MCA@smumn.edu for an application.

 Apprenticing Creative Movement Apprentice

Accreditation

Students in their junior and senior years of high school who participate in Post Secondary Education Option may also take selected MCA classes for Saint Mary’s University credit.  For details, contact your high school counselor.

MCA’s music program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music & the Dance Program “Healthy Kids Approved” by Winona Health.

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Tuition Packages, Policies and Payment Plans
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Tuition Packages, Policies, and Payments: installment dates changed to: Tuition must be paid in full at time of registration for all students whose semester tuition total does not exceed $150. For students or families whose semester total exceeds $150, a $50 payment must be made at the time of registration. The remainder of the tuition may be paid in two installments on or before Sept. 9th & Oct. 8th.

A $5 Finance charge will be added to late payments. Full refunds will be made on any classes canceled by MCA due to low enrollment. Written requests for refunds due to student circumstances will be honored in relation to  remaining classes and are subject to a $15 Administrative Fee. Payment plan options exclude private lessons. Private lessons must be paid in full be scheduling lessons.

Intermediate and advanced students can also explore apprenticeship opportunities in exchange for tuition credits. 

Tuition packages/ Discounts

Family Budget: Families with two immediate family members or more enrolled in an MCA class of any division receive a 15% discount off the family’s total tuition. Discount may not be applied to private lessons, one-day workshops or camps.

NEW! Dedicated Artist: Any student who registers for classes in 3 disciplines during one session(such as ballet, modern and musical theatre or tap, guitar class and Choose your own ARTventure) receives a 15% discount off their total tuition. Discount may not be applied to private lessons, one day workshops, camps, or free programs.

NEW! Refer-a-Friend- Are you already a member of the MCA family?  If you have been a member of the MCA community in the past two years and you refer someone else who might enjoy joining us we will thank you by crediting your account with $10 good towards any MCA programming. Credits will be made only after a paid registration is received and referral is recorded at time of registration. Current MCA families can receive up to $100 per session in referral credits, but only one per credit per registered family.

Adult Dance & Wellness Discount:  Parents who have a child/children enrolled in an MCA dance class may enjoy any of our adult course offerings at a reduced fee of $20 for a class. This is limited to one class per parent during the semester in which the student is also registered. This discount is still available to families who qualify for Family Budget and Dedicated Artist Discounts but the discount is not applied to the $20 fee.

University student Dance Connection: If you are currently enrolled in a university or college, present your student I.D. when registering and receive a 50% discount off your total MCA dance tuition. Not applicable for private music or dance lessons.

Saint Mary’s students and students in their junior and senior years of high school who participate in Post Secondary Education Option may also take selected MCA classes for Saint Mary’s University credit.

Tuition discounts or packages may not be combined; however, the most advantageous discount will be applied when determining tuition totals for each student or family.

Online Link for Payment Plans & Balances

Please use this link to make a payment on payment plans and balances.

Family Budget Package

Families with two immediate family members or more enrolled in an MCA class of any division receive a 15% discount off the family’s total tuition. Discount may not be applied to private lessons (including Suzuki Guitar program). We encourage families to take advantage of early bird specials by registering by May 1st for camps.

NEW! Dedicated Artist Discount

NEW! Dedicated Artist: Any student who registers for classes in 3 disciplines during one session(such as ballet, modern and musical theatre or tap, guitar class and Choose your own ARTventure) receives a 15% discount off their total tuition. Discount may not be applied to private lessons, one day workshops, or free programs.

NEW! Refer-a-Friend Credit

Are you already a member of the MCA family?  If you have been a member of the MCA community in the past two years and you refer someone else who might enjoy joining us we will thank you by crediting your account with $10 good towards any MCA programming. Credits will be made only after a paid registration is received and referral is recorded at time of registration.  Current MCA families can receive up to $100 per session in referral credits, but only one per credit per registered family.

Adult Arts Wellness Discount

Parents who have a child/children enrolled in an MCA dance class may enjoy any of our adult course offerings at a reduced fee of $20 for a class. This is limited to one class per parent during the semester in which the student is also registered.

University Student Dance Connection

If you are currently enrolled in a university or college, present your student I.D. when registering and receive a 50% discount off your total MCA dance tuition. Not applicable for private music or dance lessons.

Saint Mary’s students and students in their junior and senior years of high school who participate in Post Secondary Education Option may also take selected MCA classes for Saint Mary’s University credit.

Scholarship Information

The MCA scholarship fund is made possible by the Hiawatha Education Foundation, Slaggie Family Foundation & Winona Health Community Partnership Fund. Scholarships are awarded to students or families based on financial need for classes and workshops. Unfortunately, at this time private music lessons are ineligible for assistance. Students wishing to apply for a financial need scholarship may do so by having their parent or legal guardian complete this scholarship application. You will also need to fill out a class registration form either online or a paper copy, marking the box indicating you are applying for scholarship. This will assure that your spot is saved while decisions are being made. Scholarship applications are due by  May 15th for Spring Classes & Summer Camps, August 15 for Fall Classes and Dec. 15 for Winter Classes (Jan-April) . Applicants will be notified of their award after the financial board has met. If the Board is unable to meet and notify prior to the start of a program, students can still attend classes they are registered for.

Scholarship Application
Snow & Winter Weather Cancellation Policy

MCA follows the Winona Area Public school schedule, if WAPS school or after school activities are cancelled MCA will not hold classes, private lessons may be held dependent upon instructor and student agreement. One snow day is built into each session and is not required to be made up, but may be depending on instructor and space availability. We try when possible to email a notice to students in addition to posting it on our Facebook & twitter accounts.

LOCATION

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday - Tuesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wednesday
11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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