Classes & Programs / Dance

Adult Dance/Fitness Classes

Fall 2017

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Join our community of movers and let MCA help you reach your fitness goals while having fun at the same time. We offer dance classes geared towards beginning (or re-starting) and intermediate adult students. Additionally, move advanced students are welcome to integrate into our graded technique level classes of any genre call our office at 507-453-5500 for more information. A variety of our intermediate and advanced level dance classes may also be taken for credit through Saint Mary’s University, University and PSEO Students click here.

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 I: Wednesdays, Aug. 30-Oct. 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m. $76 (9 classes)

Fall II: Wednesdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m. $68 (8 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!


Fall I (A): Tuesdays, Aug. 29-Oct. 24, 7:00-8:00pm $76 (9 classes)

FalI I (B): Thursdays, Aug. 31- Oct. 26, 7:00-8:00pm $76 (9 classes)

Fall II(A): Tuesdays, Oct. 31- Dec. 19, 7:00-8:00pm $68 (8 classes)

Fall II (B): Thursdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 21, 7:00-8:00pm $68 (8 classes)

Age:  Ages 14 & up

NEW Adult Wellness program package information available soon!

NEW! Yoga

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. No class Sept. 4.

Day/Dates:  Fall I: Mondays, Aug. 28- Oct. 23, 7:00-8:00pm $68 (8 classes)

Fall II: Mondays, Oct. 31- Dec. 18, 7:00-8:00pm $68 (8 classes)

Age: Ages 14 & up


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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Teen and 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: Tuesdays, Aug. 29- Nov. 14

Time: 8-8:45 p.m.

Age: Ages 14 & up

Price: $ 90 (12 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

tap dancers

Teen and 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, Aug. 29- Nov. 14

Time: 8-9:15pm

Age: Ages 14 & up

Price: $ 108 (12 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger

Fall Registration Open Soon!

Family Irish

Will your family be ready for St. Patrick's Day this year? This is your chance to spend quality time as a family making memories that will last a lifetime as you exercise and learn basic Irish jibs, reel steps and ceili dances. No classes Sept. 4.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Aug. 28- Nov. 13

Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Ages: All ages 5+

Instructor: A. Honecker- Sherman

Price: $99 a Family (11 classes)

Dance Repertory Company

In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities. Students may audition for MCA's pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA's junior performing troupe, Dance Repertory Company II. DRC produces two production annually. Biannually DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker.  During 2017 The Dance Repertory Company II will produce Movie Mania and classical ballet of Cinderella

Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates:

Movie Mania Auditions: Sat. August, 26 10-Noon at MCA

Movie Mania Performances:  Dec. 1-3, at MCA in the Academy Theatre

Cinderella Principal & Soloist Auditions: Saturday Nov. 18, 2:30-4:30pm at MCA

Cinderella Auditions: Jan. 20, times TBA at MCA

Cinderella Performances: April 19-22 at the Page Theatre on the St. Mary’s University Campus

For more information about auditioning for DRC, ordering tickets or past productions click here.


Silver Slippers

Are you 55 year or older? MCA’s Silver Slippers program is designed just for adults like you who are starting out or returning to dance after a hiatus. You will enjoy a variety of movement styles including ballet, yoga, creative movement and low-impact cardio. Dance will help you gain mobility, strength, balance and improve memory in a motivating and inspiring environment.

Age: Ages 55+

Class not running, check back for details. If you are a Assisted Living facility, Senior Center and you would like us to bring this program to you, please contact Jamie at to learn more!

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*Parents who have a child/children enrolled at MCA may enjoy any of our Adult Dance/Wellness classes (any listed on this page) at a reduced fee of $20 per class session. This is limited to one class per parent during each semester a child is enrolled. University students may take any dance class at MCA at 50% of the regular fee. Please check back soon for special punch card or multi-class options for our Adult Wellness classes.

About MCA's Dance Program

MCA is an affiliate program of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Department of Theatre and Dance. Students at the university, or those taking a post-secondary option for high school, can get university credit towards their major, minor or PE credit, when they take an upper level MCA dance class. Our younger dancers also get the opportunity to perform in main-stage university productions, due to this connection, such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, etc.

The Conservatory's Dance Repertory Company puts on a biannual Nutcracker, as well as a full-length performance every April. This production is either a full-length story ballet, or contemporary dance concert choreographed by a variety of professional choreographers from across the region. For the winters in years that there is not a Nutcracker, MCA produces a dance showcase in our black box theatre for the younger dancers, as well as pieces choreographed by students that have taken the Choreography class at the Conservatory. When possible dance classes also perform at local establishments and events. MCA's dance program does not participate in competitions, nor does it do recitals.

MCA's dance division offers students exciting technique classes and performance opportunities in a nurturing and rigorous but non-competitive environment with qualified instructors. MCA successfully prepares students for future arts-related professional and educational pursuits.

Students and alumni have studied at or performed with:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Ananya Dance Theatre
  • Ballet Austin
  • Ballet Chicago
  • Broadway
  • Butler University
  • Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project
  • Colorado Ballet
  • Columbia College
  • Continental Ballet
  • Eastman School of Music – Rochester University
  • Joffery Ballet
  • Juilliard
  • Limon Dance Company
  • Milwaukee Ballet School
  • Minnesota Ballet School
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre’s The Dance Institute
  • Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
  • Saint Olaf College
  • St. Paul City Ballet
  • Texas Christian University
  • The Laban Institute
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • University of Oklahoma
  • and Wichita State University among others.

Whether you or your child dreams of dancing professionally or just want to reek the benefits of a fun, enriching, quality dance education MCA has a program for you!

To ensure the continuous education of both our instructors and students MCA is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Schools and National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). As a member of NDEO MCA is also sponsors Junior (6th-8th grade), Secondary (High School), and Collegiate National Honors Society for Dance Arts Chapters to help recognize dancers accomplishments and commitments and further the field of dance education.

Dance Program Dress Code
Dance Division Dress Code

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. Basic dance shoes and attire may fitted and ordered through MCA's Dance Boutique. Other items may be ordered online or may be found at Blades to Ballet in Rochester. If the cost of dance attire makes participation in MCA programs difficult please contact our office at 507-453-5500, we would love to see if we are able to help provide gently used donations.

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: Female attire: Any color leotard, leggings, biking shorts, footless tights, bare feet, & hair pulled off the face and neck. Male attire: solid t-shirt of any color, leggings, tights, or athletic shorts and bare feet.

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

Jazz: Female attire: 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. Male attire: T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts and black or white jazz shoes or ballet slippers.

Dance for Boys: White T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or athletic shorts 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.

Click Here to learn more about observation/ demonstration days, discounts, cancellation policy and more for dance classes.


PSEO Students in their junior and senior years of high school who participate in the Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO) may also take selected MCA classes for Saint Mary’s University credit offered through the Saint Mary’s dance minor. For more details, contact your high school or counselor.

Saint Mary's University Students have the option of taking upper level dance classes at MCA that are not offered on the SMU campus and performing with MCA's pre-professional dance company, The Dance Repertory Company (DRC) for credit. SMU students do not have to be a Dance Minor or even in the Theatre & Dance Department to participate in MCA dance classes or DRC. Please contact Tammy Schmidt, MCA Director of Dance and SMU Dance Department at: or 507-453-5502 for more info.

Other Memberships & Opportunities: To ensure the continuous education of both our instructors and students MCA is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Schools, River Arts Alliance, National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). As a member of NDEO MCA is also sponsors Junior (6th-8th grade), Secondary (High School), and Collegiate National Honors Society for Dance Arts Chapters to help recognize dancers accomplishments and commitments and further the field of dance education.


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.

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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