Classes & Programs / Dance

Tap & Jazz

Tap and Jazz Dance Classes

July- December 2018

Tap

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts teaches rhythm-based tap technique. Each class will begin with a warm up of the legs and ankles and progress to more intricate combinations utilizing the entire studio space. Improvisation skills are also practiced that incorporate strong technique, syncopation of rhythm, and being able to “think on your toes”. In Fall 2017 our Advanced students were selected to perform in a showcase at the Twin Cities Tap Festival.

Jazz

Jazz at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a fusion of many different types of techniques from historical jazz grandmasters, such as Fosse, Dunham, Giordano, and Luigi. All levels of jazz class center around strong technique and initiation of movement, while incorporating different styles of performance.

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TAP CAMP

Join us for an exciting week of rhythm! TAP CAMP will include classes in tap technique, repertory, improvisation, body percussion, music theory and concepts for the tap dancer, tap history, and tap in films. TAP CAMP is for intermediate and advanced tap dancers ages 11 – 21 or MCA Tap levels II, III, IV, and V. Dancers should bring a water bottle and snack each day. An informal demonstration for family and friends will be held on Friday, Aug. 3rd at 5:00 pm followed by a potluck pizza party! Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it’s TAP CAMP time!

Dates: July 30- Aug. 3, 2018 (Mon.- Fri.)

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Age: Intermediate & Adv. Tap Dancers ages 11 – 21 or MCA Tap levels II, III, IV, and V

Price: $189, includes camp t-shirt

NEW! Stay Strong August Session

Stay strong this summer and be in shape for Nutcracker auditions.  Buy a 3 or 6 class punch card and attend the Ballet or Contemporary classes that fit in your summer schedule.

Stay Strong Ballet

Day: Tuesdays, Aug. 7-21

Times: 4:30-6:00 pm

This is a mixed level ballet class for students in Ballet IV+ or dancers with an equivalent level of training.

Stay Strong Contemporary

This mixed level class will include instruction in Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and conditioning. This class is open to students in Modern III+, Jazz III+, Hip Hop III+, or Ballet IV+ or equivalent level of training.

Day: Thursdays, Aug. 9-23

Times: 4:30-6 pm

Stay Strong Fees:

3 class punch card- $40

6 classes punch card- $80

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Tap & Jazz for Kids I/II

An introduction to the fundamentals of tap and jazz dance for students ages 5 – 7. Students will stomp, leap, and turn their way through this fun, rhythm filled class.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, Aug. 30- Nov. 1

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm

Age: Ages 5-7 years

Price: $ 95 (10 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger

 

Tap I

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: Saturdays, Sept. 1- Nov( No class Oct. 20)

Time: 10:30-11:30 am

Age: Ages 8+

Price: $ 85 (10 classes)

Instructor:  C. Martin

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 Tap II

An intermediate level of rhythm tap technique. Students will be introduced to exercises and concepts to increase articulation of sounds, musicality, sequencing abilities, and expand the student’s tap vocabulary. *

Day/Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 13- Mar. 17

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

Age: NA

Price: $ 90 (10 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger

Tap III/IV

A fast intermediate and advanced level of rhythm tap technique including the exploration of improvisation and choreography. Class units will focus on rudiments, canon work, and routines in different tap styles – both historic and contemporary.

Day/Dates: Fridays & Saturdays Aug. 31- Nov. 3 (No class Oct. 20)

Times: Fridays, 5:30 pm-6:45 pm & Saturdays, 11:30 am- 12:45 pm

Age: NA

Price: $ 225 (19 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger (Fridays) & C. Martin (Saturdays)

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Tap V

An advanced level of rhythm tap technique. Classes will include an emphasis on more complex rhythm patterns, syncopation, and musical phrasing, technically and artistically challenging choreography, improvisation, a cappella and canon work, tapping to live music/accompaniment, and opportunities to attend master classes and festivals.*

Day/Dates: Tuesdays & Fridays, Aug. 28- Nov. 2 

Times: Tuesdays, 5:45 pm-7:00 pm, Fridays, 5:30-6:45 pm

Age: NA

Price: $ 236 (20 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger (Fridays) & C. Martin (Tuesdays)

 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

NEW! Musical Theatre Dance, 8-12 years

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage.  Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 1- Nov. 3

Time:  11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Age: 8-12 years

Price: $90 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Jazz I

Beginning level of traditional jazz dance.

Day/Dates: Fridays, Aug. 31- Nov. 2

Time: 4:30-5:15pm

Age: 8 years & up

Price: $72 (10 classes)

Instructor: B. Mosser

Jazz II

Intermediate level of traditional jazz dance. *

Day/Dates: Fridays, Aug. 31- Nov. 2

Time:  4:30- 5:30 pm

Age: NA

Price: $95 (10 classes)

Instructor: B. Mosser

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NEW! Jazz III

Advanced Intermediate level of traditional jazz dance. *

Day/Dates: Fridays, Aug. 31- Nov. 2

Time:  6:45 pm- 8:15 pm

Age: NA

Price: $141 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

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.  

Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates

Nutcracker Audition Workshops: Aug. 22 during MCA's Fall Open House (Registration required)

Nutcracker Auditions: Sept. 8th, 3pm, ages 5+ are invited to audition. (Visit our Nutcracker Audition Q & A for more information)

10th Anniversary Nutcracker Performances: Nov. 28-Dec. 2 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.

2018 Summer Camp Overview

Mini-Summer Dance Intensive- June 18- 29, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Mini-SDI

Super Artist Multi-Arts Camp– June 25-29, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-10:45am, ages 3-5 & K-1st grade.

16th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)- NOW 3 WEEKS!  July 8-28, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Tap Camp- July 30-Aug. 3, 1pm-5pm, Monday- Friday.

Winona Arts Camp 2018: I Create- August 6-10, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 5 & 6 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 3 & 4 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

NEW! Drummin' up Fun Camp- August, 13-17 Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:30am, ages 3 & 4 years & 10:45-11:45am, ages 5 &6 years (pair with Drummin' up Fun for 2.25 hour drop off camp).

All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2018 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons,  spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

For full camp descriptions Click Here.

MCA in partnership with the Winona YMCA this Summer & Fall

MCA is proud to be partnering once again with the Winona YMCA to offer more opportunities for local kids to explore the arts and get creative this summer & Fall. Registration for these camp is through the Winona YMCA at: winonaymca.org

July 23-27- Little Creaters, ages 3-6 years, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

July 30-Aug. 3- Art Around the World, 1st-5th grade, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Thursdays,  Sept. 6- Oct.11, Cinderella Ballet Adventure, 5:15-5:45pm, ages 3-5

Thursdays, Nov. 1-  Dec. 13, Nutcracker Ballet Adventure, 5:15-5:45 pm, ages 3-5

Thursdays,  Sept. 6- Oct.11, Intro to Ballet, 4:15-5:00 pm, ages 6-9

Thursdays, Nov. 1-  Dec. 13, Beginning Hip Hop, 4:15-5:00 pm, ages 6-9

Click here for full Descriptions and more details

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
  • 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 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.

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

Accreditation

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: tschmidt@smumn.edu 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.

LOCATION

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

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

HOURS OF OPERATION

The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

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

Wednesday
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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