Introduction to Dance Filmmaking

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so honored to be partnering with Winona dance/visual artist Sharon Mansur who will lead a workshop exploring the basics of dance filmmaking at MCA on Tuesday, October 9, 7-8:15pm.

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2018 Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to announce the tenth biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, Sunday, Nov. 18. Don’t miss your opportunity to sip on tea, nibble on tasty treats, meet and take photos with your favorite characters from The Nutcracker and be entertained by live music and dancers. Tickets are on-sale now!

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2018 Cast List

We are so excited to announce out 2018 Nutcracker Cast. We look forward to seeing everyone (cast member & parents of those 18 and under) on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 5:30pm in the Academy Theatre at the mandatory meeting. Rehearsal schedules, contact sheets and more will be discussed and handed out, additionally costume measurements will be taken.

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Nutcracker Cast Portal

This page is for 2018 Nutcracker Cast members and their families. All Friday Fill-ins and other important production documents will be posted here. All cast members will be emailed the passcode, additionally it can be found int he Nutcracker Handbook.

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Jazz music is alive and well at MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) jazz combos are busy rehearsing for two upcoming community concerts that are free and open to the public. The public is invited to hear these talented young musicians on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Academy Theatre in MN Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center and on Sunday, November, 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill, 1429 W. Service Dr.

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New Partnership with Riverway Learning Community

Riverway Learning Community and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts excited to announce that they have formed a new partnership. Starting this fall Riverway students in Children’s House, E1 & E2 (Pre K- 6th grade) will have the opportunity explore music and reap the benefits during weekly visits to Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) home inside the Valencia Arts Center.

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2018 Nutcracker Auditions

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) & Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Department of Theatre and Dance’s, Dance Repertory Company will hold auditions for it’s holiday production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Sept. 8th at MCA’s home the Valencia Arts Center Located at 1164 W. Howard St. (10th), Winona, MN 55987.

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5 Reasons You Should Hand Drum

Hand drumming can be fun but science has also show that those who drum can experience some of the amazing mental and physical benefit. Here is just a short list of the benefits:

1. Drumming makes you happy. The act of drumming releases endorphins, and alpha brain waves, which help create general feelings of well-being and euphoria.

2. Increased confidence. Playing the drums requires confidence to play LOUD and relatively unapologetic, as students progress they learn skills and confidence to showcase them, helping them excel in many areas of their lives.

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2018 Fall Open House

On Wed. August 22, 4-7pm MCA will hold it’s Fall Open House. The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administration, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, get fitted for shoes, register for classes, learn about our National Honors Society for Dance Arts chapter, explore an instrument petting zoo and enter prize drawings.  Lucky families could win a gift certificate to Rochester’s premier dance attire store, Blades to Ballet, a pass to Winona’s Indoor Park The Playground, tickets to a Page Series show, or a certificate to Nate & Ally’s Frozen Yogurt.

In addition to the Open House, Dancers ages 5+ are invited to register for a Pre- Audition Nutcracker Audition Workshop during this time frame.

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Nervous about Nutcracker Auditions?

Thinking of auditioning for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company’s 2018 Production of The Nutcracker, but you are not sure what to expect in an audition? Attend one of our pre-audition workshops on Aug. 22 to help you get comfortable in this unique setting, and learn a short dance combination in a mock audition while learning both audition fundamentals and etiquette. For advanced dancers, this workshop is an opportunity to get back into the studio prior to audition day. 

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

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


The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

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

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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