Classes & Programs / DanceAdult Dance/Fitness Classes
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.
NEW- Fitness Punch Cards- Can’t choose which class to try or want to sneak in workouts between travels? Purchase a 5 punch card for $55 or 10 punch card for $100. Good year long for Hip Hop Cardio, Barre, Yoga, Adult Tap and Open Ballet.
Parents of any MCA students- Don’t forget to take advantage of our Adult Dance & Wellness Discount. When you have a child enrolled in a class during a session you can enroll in our adult programs for only $20 per class, per session. (Discount can not be used to purchase a punch card)
Back by popular demand, Christine Martin will lead adults through this fun, rhythm-filled class. No experience necessary. An introduction to tap dance. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Join us for a toe-tappin’, foot stompin’ good time! (Tap shoes in some sizes are available for loan)
Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 4- Nov. 13
Fee: $99 (11 weeks)
Instructor: C. Martin
*Punch card eligible, but regular attendance or past tap experience is recommend.
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!
Summer (A): Tuesdays, July 9- Aug. 20, 6-7 p.m., $59 (seven weeks), J. Goyette, Certified Barre Connect Fitness Instructor
Summer (B): Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 22, 6-7 p.m., $59 (seven weeks), J. Dienger, Certified PulsePointe Fitness Instructor
Fall (A): Tuesdays, Aug. 27-Oct. 15, 7-8 p.m., $72 (eight weeks), J. Goyette, Certified Barre Connect Fitness Instructor
Fall (B): Thursdays, Aug. 29-Oct. 17, 7-8 p.m., $72 (eight weeks), J. Dienger, Certified PulsePointe Fitness Instructor
Fall (C): Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m., $81 (nine weeks), J. Goyette, Certified Barre Connect Fitness Instructor
Fall (D): Thursdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 19 (no class Oct. 31 & Nov. 28) , 7-8 p.m., $63 (seven weeks), J. Dienger, Certified PulsePointe Fitness Instructor
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: As listed above
MCA Punch Card Accepted for all Barre Classes
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 (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
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.
Fall (A): Mondays, Aug. 26-Oct.14 (no class Sept. 2), 7:00-8:00 pm, $63 (7 classes)
Fall (B): Mondays, Oct.21- Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25), 7:00-8:00 pm, $72 (8 classes)
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: Avin Honecker-Sherman
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 A: Mondays, Aug. 26-Oct.14 (No class Sept. 2), 5:30-7pm $84 (7 classes)
Fall B: Mondays, Oct. 21-Dec. 16, 5:30- 7 p.m., $96 (8 Classes)
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman
MCA Punch Card Accepted
NEW- Fitness Punch Cards
Can’t choose which class to try or want to sneak in workouts between travels? Purchase a 5 punch card for $55 or 10 punch card for $100. Good all year long for Hip Hop Cardio, Barre, Yoga, Adult Tap, and Open Ballet.
*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. (Parent & University Student Discounts can not be applied to purchase punch cards.)
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 education option (PSEO) 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
- Butler University
- Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
- Colorado Ballet
- Columbia College
- Continental Ballet
- Eastman School of Music – Rochester University
- Joffery Ballet
- 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.
Female attire – pink tights, pink ballet slippers and a black leotard. Hair is to be pulled tightly off the face and neck in a bun. Pre-Ballet for 4 & 5 Year-olds and Beginning Ballet Students are also invited to wear pink leotards and simple ballet skirts (please non-tutu’s).
Male attire – white T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts and black or white ballet slippers. Compression shorts and dance belts are required for teen and adult male dancers, respectively.
Modern: Female attire – Any color leotard. Leggings, footless tights and or biker shorts may be worn. Hair is to be pulled off the face and neck. No shoes needed, this class is taken in barefeet.
Male attire – Any color plain (no logos or design) T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts and black or white ballet slippers. Compression shorts and dance belts are required for teen and adult male dancers, respectively.
Creative Movement & Boys in Motion: Movable 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: Movable clothing and oxford style tap shoes. Hair is to be pulled off the face and neck.
Jazz: Any color leotard and moveable exercise/dance bottoms (not too baggy as to hinder the instructor’s view of the students’ body lines), jazz shoes, jazz sneakers or ballet slippers. No bare feet or socks. Hair is to be securely pulled off the face and neck.
Dance Technique for Boys: White T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts, and black or white jazz shoes or ballet slippers.
Irish: Movable 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 III & up.
Hip Hop, Adult & Other Specialty Classes: Movable 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 Students can be barefoot.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-453-5502 for more info.
Cotter High School students who also participate in MCA dance classes and performances are able to track participation hours (MCA will validate) and turn them in to count towards Physical Education graduation requirements.
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.
Intermediate and advanced students won’t want to miss the opportunity to stay strong this summer. Buy a 3 or 6 class punch card and attend the Ballet or Contemporary classes that fit in your summer schedule.
Thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts was able to offer community members ages 55+ the opportunity to learn more about the ways watercolor paint during an 8-week course taught local teaching artist, Brianna Haupt.
On Monday, Aug. 5, 5:00-6:00pm the community is invited to a celebration and opening of the exhibit at the in Galleria Valencia inside MN Conservatory for the Arts’ home, The Valencia Arts Center. During the celebration the community will have the opportunity to meet and greet the artists, walk through the exhibit and enjoy treats. Visitors will love the variety of techniques represented from wet on wet to still life paintings. Community members unable to attend the open house can view the exhibit throughout the month of August during business hours and when ever programming is happening.
Minnesota Conservatory for the arts is excited to invite the community to our 17th Annual Summer Dance Intensive Showcase on July 27th at 7pm at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University campus. The showcase performance will feature a variety of dance forms including: ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre dance, and modern dance.