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. Register Now for a Free Trial of any of our Adult Fitness Classes!

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.

Adult Fitness

Seeding Vitality Art Workshops

Fitness Classes

teen dancing

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.

Fall (B): Wednesdays, Oct.24-Dec. 12, 7:00-8:00 pm, $51 (6 classes, no class Nov. 21 or 28)

Winter(A): Wednesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27, 7:00-8:00 pm, $68 (8 classes)

Winter (B): Wednesdays, March 6- April 24, 7:00-8:00 pm, $51, (6 classes, no class March 20 or April 10)

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: J. Dienger

* MCA Punch Card Accepted for all Hip Hop Cardio Classes


Are you ready for a new challenge?  Make the time in your schedule for this high-energy, low-impact workout, taught by a 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!


Fall (C): Tuesdays, Oct. 23- Dec. 11, 7:00-8:00 pm $59 (7 classes, No class Nov. 20), J. Goyette

Fall (D): Thursdays, Oct. 25-Dec. 13, 7:00-8:00 pm $59 (7 classes, no class Nov. 22), J. Dienger

Winter (A): Tuesdays, Jan.8-Feb. 26, 7:00-8:00pm $68 (8 classes), J. Goyette

Winter (B): Thursdays, Jan 10-Feb. 28, 7:00-7:00pm $68,  (8 classes) J. Dienger

Winter (C): Tuesdays, March 12-April 23, 7:00-8:00pm $59 (7 classes), J. Goyette

Winter (D): Thursdays, March 7-April 25 (no class March 21 or April 11), 7:00-7:00pm $51,  (6 classes) J. Dienger

Age:  Ages 14 & up

Instructor: As listed above

MCA Punch Card Accepted for all Barre Classes


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

Open Ballet

Experience the artistry of ballet while gaining flexibility, placement, strength, and fluidity in this ballet technique and conditioning class. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary. 


Fall B: Mondays, Oct. 22-Dec. 10 (No Nov. 19), 5:45-7pm $70 (7 classes)

Winter A: Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, 5:45-7pm $80 (8 classes)

Winter B: Mondays, March 11-April 22, 5:45-7pm $70 (7 classes)

Age: Ages 14 & up 

Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman

MCA Punch Card Accepted

 Adult Tap 

Back by popular demand, Christine Martin will lead adults through this fun, rhythm-filled class.  Join us over your lunch hour in November and December to tap off the turkey! No experience necessary. Tap shoes in some sizes available for loan. Don’t miss this toe-tappin’, foot stompin’ good time!

Day/Dates: Thursdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6 and 13.

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Age: 18+

Fee: $51

Instructor: C. Martin


Progressing Ballet Technique 

This class utilizes exercise balls and bands to develop muscle memory for increasing strength, stability, flexibility and range of motion for all dance genres, but is specifically designed for the demands of ballet technique.  A small class size of only 8-10 ensures that each dancer has the benefit of personal corrections from the instructor.  Dancers aged 12 and up are welcome, no experience necessary. No discounts may be applied to this class.

Beginning Level: Sundays, Jan. 27-March 17, 12:30-1:30 pm

Intermediate Level: Wednesdays , Jan. 9-March 13, 7:15-8:15 pm

Age: 12+

Fee: $45

Instructor: T. Schmidt, Licensed and Certified PBT Instructor

Seeding Vitality Arts for Ages 55+

Stories that Move

This is a movement based workshop that will guide each participant through the choreographic process.  Each session will consist of a warm-up, community building exercises, dance composition basics and a cool down.  Community members with and without dance backgrounds are encouraged to join us as we explore a favorite childhood memory and bring it to life through movement.

Day/Time:  Wednesdays, April 11- May 30, 12:00-1:30pm (April 4th Start day was moved due to inclement weather) 

Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Ages: Adults 55+ years

Teaching Artist: Jennifer Taber-O'Neill

Price: Free thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.

Register: Though this workshop is free, participation is limited. 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.


Multi-generational Collage

In this intergenerational workshop older adults and youth ages 7-12 will be invited to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Within the eight sessions, will experience artistic decision-making first hand and gain understanding of the creative process. Instruction will include terminology and techniques that will be used to create final pieces out of cut paper and found objects. A culminating exhibit will take place to showcase final projects.

Day/Time: Wednesdays, June 6-August 1, 12:00-1:30pm , Exhibit at MCA

Location: Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St. Winona, MN 55987

Ages: Adults 55+ years, this workshop also welcomes kids ages 7-12 to register for an opportunity to hone their arts kills and interact with a different generation.

Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt

Price: Free thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.

Register: Though this workshop is free, participation is limited. 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.


The Ways of Watercolor

Come and immerse yourself in the ways of watercolor painting and color mixing. In this 8-session workshop you will engage with peers through artistic expression and observation. Through group and individual instruction, terminology and techniques will be taught to create final pieces based on themes of your choice. Past participants are welcome back.

Day/Time: Mondays, June 10- Aug. 29, 10:00-11:30 am 

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.


Music & Discounts

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 at 507-453-5500 for more information or by filling out a registration form indicating an instrument of interest.

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

Lesson dates and times: Arranged

Instructor and instrument


Beginning Guitar

This class provides fundamental skills to students who are new to guitar and to others who want a more thorough grounding in the
basics. No guitar? No problem! Thanks to a generous grant funding, MCA has guitars for school aged children to use upon request.

Day: Saturdays, Jan. 12- March 2

Time: 11 am -11:50 am

Ages: 8 – Adult

Instructor: K. Klungtvedt

Fee: $86 


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.

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

Christopher Mechell to give benefit concert

Dr. Christopher Mechell will present a classical piano benefit concert for the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) on Saturday, March 9th at 6pm inside the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, The Valencia Arts Center. The community is invited to enjoy the works of Grieg, Liszt, and Brahms.

Need a Little Jazz Fix?

MCA is home to three jazz combos: the Duke, Dizzy, and Basie Combos. These combos are comprised of students ages 11-18 from the Winona area. The public is invited to hear these talented young musicians on Wednesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in the Academy Theatre in MN Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center and on Sunday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill, 1429 W. Service Dr.


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

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


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

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

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

9 a.m. - 12 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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