Classes & Programs

Adult Programs

Whether you’re exploring music for the first time, renewing your passion for dance, or continuing to develop your skills, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

With a variety of programs, parent discounts, and college credit options Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts has something for everyone.

Let MCA help you stay fit and enrich your life through the arts. Want to try out a dance class for free? Join us for our annual Free-4-All event in Jan. or visit our event listings to see where we might be offering programs throughout the community. Also don’t forget to take advantage of our parent discounts and university student discounts.

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Hip Hop Cardio 

A total body workout that will not at all feel like a workout! Hip Hop Cardio takes influence from all types of hip hop dance styles and fuses them together to create an hour of a high energy, high intensity, FUN exercise session! No dance experience necessary.

Winter I: Wednesdays, Jan. 10- Feb. 21, 7:00-8:00 p.m. $59 (7 classes)

Winter II: Wednesdays, Feb. 28,-April 4, 7:00-8:00 p.m. $50 (6 classes)

Age: Ages 14 & up


Instructor: Jessica Dienger


Are you ready for a new challenge?  Make the time in your schedule for this high-energy workout, taught by an PulsePointe Barre certified instructor. A unique combination of strength work and cardio intervals that will reshape your muscles while elevating your heart rate. You will leave stronger in both body and mind.  Whether you have a limited or extensive background in dance, you will love this fast moving, fun style of exercise. Attend twice a week for optimal results!


Winter I(A): Tuesdays, Jan. 9- Feb. 20, 7:00-8:00pm $59 (7 classes)

Winter I(B): Thursdays, Jan. 11- Feb. 22, 7:00-8:00pm $59 (7 classes)

Winter II(A): Tuesdays, Feb. 27- April 3, 7:00-8:00pm $50 (6 classes)

Winter II(B): Thursdays, Mar. 1- April 5,, 7:00-8:00pm $50 (6 classes)


Age:  Ages 14 & up

Instructor: J. Dienger


Start your week off right with Yoga! Get ready to improve your flexibility and build strength as you move through yoga postures and relaxation exercises. 

Winter I: Mondays, Jan. 8- Feb. 19, 7:00-8:00pm, $59 (7 classes)

Winter II: Mondays, Feb. 26-April 2, 7:00-8:00pm, $50 (6 classes)

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: Avin Honecker-Sherman

Teen and Adult Ballet Technique and Barre Conditioning


Fall I: Mondays, Aug. 28- Oct. 23, 5:75-7:00pm $72 (8 classes) (No Class Sept. 4)

Fall II: Mondays, Oct. 19- Dec. 17, 5:45-7:00pm $72 (8 classes)

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman

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Adult Tap I

An introduction to tap dance. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Join us for a foot stompin', toe-tappin’ good time!

Day/Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 11-Mar. 15

Time: 8-8:45 p.m.

Age: Ages 14 & up

Price: $ 75 (12 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

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Adult Tap II

Tap dance for teens and adults with experience looking for an additional challenge. Classes will include expanded tap terminology, combinations, and technical concepts.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 11- Mar. 15

Time: 8-9:15pm

Age: Ages 14 & up

Price: $ 90 (12 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienge

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Private Lessons

MCA offers private lessons for all ages and abilities! Our experienced teaching artists prepare students for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Private lessons are offered year-round. Instruction available in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, cello, guitar, bass. piano, percussion, and voice. Students will be expected to purchase method books the instructor feels best address the student’s needs. Students have the opportunity to perform during MCA’s Annual Fall and Winter Concerts and other performance opportunities based upon instructor recommendations. Some instruments such as the violin, guitar and piano are better suited for young students, if you have a young child who is interested in learning an instrument please contact us for more information. 

  • 4 lessons- $72
  • 8 lessons- $136
  • 12 lessons- $180

Lesson dates and times: Arranged

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Guitar Master Class with Jeffrey Van

Master performer, composer, and former University of Minnesota professor Jeffrey Van will conduct a master guitar class for students of the classical guitar. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome to register to be a solo participant in a short public lesson with Mr.Van. Participation and observation of this master class is free thanks to a generous sponsorship by Hardt's Music. Participation slots are currently closed, please contact MCA at or 507-453-5500 to be added to the wait list. Learn more about Jeffrey Van.

Day/Dates: Sunday, March 11, 2018 

Times: 12:15-1:45pm

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Van

Price: Participants -Free (thanks for sponsorship from Hardt's Music), Observation- Free (Open to public)

Family Programs

With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have four classes that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together. Below are descriptions of our Family Classes, but you may also want to check out our Events listing to find out about #MCAontheGo events & performances out in the community.

Family Programs

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.

Adult Arts Wellness Discount

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

University Credit

A variety of upper level dance credits including Ballet III-VI, Jazz III/IV, Tap III/IV and Modern III/IV may be taken for University credit by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota students. 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. Visit their website for more information about courses and SMUMN Dance program.

Time to discover, let us help you get your art fix!

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is busy preparing and providing you with opportunities to discover the arts through our #MCAontheGO Community Outreach events and performances. All of these opportunities are free unless otherwise noted and they are a great opportunity to get to know MCA and experience the arts on a shoestring budget. So grab your calendar and save the date for the amazing community events listed below that we will be a part of!

3rd Annual MCA Free-4-All

Have you been waiting for just the right time to check out one of our classes? The wait is now over, MCA is having a FREE-4-ALL… a day of free classes on Jan. 6th, 2018 for the whole family! This event will feature classes for both youth and adults- so bring some friends and try a class or two. All classes are FREE, space is limited so preregistration is recommended online, by phone or in-person (registration opens Nov. 1, 2017).


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

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


Happy Holidays! The MCA offices will be closed Dec. 25, 2017- Jan. 1, 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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