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Mini-Summer Dance Intensive


Mini-Summer Dance Intensive

Ages 9 years- High School

June 18-29 M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Performance June 29, 6:30 p.m.

Are you ready to dance your day away? Here is your chance! Each day dancers will warm up in a ballet class, build foot and ankle strength in pre-pointe, dabble in different theory classes such as dance history, composition (choreography), and theatre, rounding out their dance experience with a “genre of the day” class, including jazz, modern, musical theatre and hip hop. Each day will end with a rehearsal for a final showcase that will be in our Academy Theatre for friends and family. NEW this year we will have special Guest Artists including Natasha Posey who is on faculty at Milwaukee Ballet and Danceworks, Inc.

Our child’s personal growth had been amazing. The programming challenges her, but also makes her successful. The instructors genuinely care about her both as a dancer and as a person.

Parent of Dancer

Questions & Answers about the Mini-Intensive

Who is this Intensive for?

MCA’s mini-intensive is the perfect experience for young male and female dancers ages 9 years old through high school who love to dance. Dancers should have at least three years of dance experience or be in a level equal to or higher to Ballet II at MCA. Students who have not danced at MCA are welcome, please contact us if you need help accessing if this program is a good fit for you or your dancer since levels vary greatly from studio to studio. During the camp dancers will be broken into groups or given differentiated instruction to make sure each dancer is nurtured and challenged.

This is a perfect experience for dancers who are serious about dance and ready to take their dance experience to the next level, stay conditioned over the summer and explore the dance world in new ways.

Students aged 11-22 who are interested in an all-day/ boarding program should check out our annual Summer Dance Intensive.

When and where is the Intensive?

The mini-intensive will run Monday- Friday, June 18-29, 9am- 4pm at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home the Valencia Arts Center. A final showcase complete with costumes will be performed for friends and family on Friday June 29th, 6:30pm in the Academy Theatre.

Are there Auditions for the Intensive?

No, there are not auditions for the mini-summer dance intensive. Intermediate dancers must be at least 9 years old and have at least 3 years of dance experience.

Click here information about auditioning as a boarding or commuter student in our intermediate-advanced Summer Dance Intensive for 11-22.

What is the cost?

$319 (Early Bird Special), $375 (after May 1). Fee includes over 60 hours of instruction and camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

There will be no admission charge for the final showcase.

What will a normal day look like?

As you will see from the sample schedule below, dancers will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of qualified teaching artists, explore dance forms and important dance related topics that will help dancers grow into a well-rounded dancers. Ballet technique and pre-pointe classes (males will participate in pointe classes for strengthening) are offered daily, as this is the foundation for all dance forms. Repertory is time spent learning a dance piece that will be rehearsed and performed during the final showcase at the end of camp.

Day 1:

9-10:30 am- Ballet Technique

10:40-11:40 am- Pre-Pointe Conditioning

11:40 am-12:45 pm – Lunch and free time

12:45-1:45 pm- Repertory

1:50-2:50 pm -Jazz Technique

2:55-4:00 pm -Modern Technique

Day 2:

9-10:30 am- Ballet Technique

10:40-11:40 am-Pre-Pointe Conditioning

11:40 am-12:45 pm -Lunch and free time

12:45-1:45 pm -Repertory

1:50-2:50 pm- Theatre Workshop

2:55-4:00 pm- Modern Technique

Day 3:

9-10:30 am- Ballet Technique

10:40-11:40 am- Pre-Pointe Conditioning

11:40 am-12:45 pm -Lunch and free time

12:45-1:45 pm- Hip Hop Dance

1:50-2:50 pm-Repertory

2:55-4:00 pm – Dance Composition


Is there boarding available for this program?

Unfortunately, at this time our mini-intensive is only open to area students.

Dancers who are 11-22 years are welcome to audition for our full-day Summer Dance Intensive which does welcome students from afar who are housed overnight at the Alverna Center which is located right next door to MCA.

Do you need to be a current MCA student to participate?

No, MCA welcomes dancers who have danced at any studio. If you have questions about the level of dance experienced needed for success in this camp or any other MCA program, please feel free to contact us at 507-453-5500 or by email:


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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