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Youth Dance Classes

2019 Summer Camp Overview

Junior Training Program for Dancers- June 17- 28, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Junior Training Program.

NEW! Young Dancer Intensive– June 24-28, Monday-Friday, 1-4 pm, ages 6-9 years

17th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)-  July 7-27, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Tap Camp- July 29-Aug. 2, 1pm-5pm (Int./Adv. dancers), 3pm-5pm (beg-2 years tap experience), Monday- Friday, ages 6+ .

Winona Arts Camp 2019- August 5-9, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

NEW! Island Style- August, 12-16 Monday- Friday, 9:30-11:30am, ages 3-5 years & K-1st grade

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, 2019 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons, spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

Full camp descriptions

Winona Arts Camp 2019

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 5th annual integrated arts summer camp. Once again students will get to rank their class choice of visual and performing arts they want to explore, having the opportunity to be immersed in four subjects a day. From puppet creation and creative journaling to learning chords on a guitar, there are plenty of options to satisfy the artist in everyone.  Back by popular demand, there will be an all camp talent show on Friday morning and families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3 pm on Friday afternoon. Once you have registered online or in-person, please fill out the class choice form.

Dates: August 5-9, M-F

Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

Age: 1st - 8th grade

Price: $199, Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

Class choices for 2019 include: Creative Journaling, Puppet Making, Stain Glass Techniques, Just Weave it, Guitar Star, Recorder Karate, The Monologue Challenge, Acting Up, Musical Theatre Dance, Dance Me a Story, Dance Around the World, and Intro to Hip Hop. Short class descriptions can be found on the class choice form.

Island Style

Come join us on a journey to the Pacific rim where you will make new friends as you dance stories with your hands and feet, drum island beats, craft your own lei and much more during this artistic and imaginative adventure. Families are invited to an open house at 10:15 am on the last day of camp.

Dates: August 12-16, M-F

Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Ages: Preschool (3-5 years) & K-1st grade (students must be potty-trained)

Price: $69, fee includes a camp t-shirt


Ballet I

Beginning classical ballet basics, including the introduction of barre work.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Aug. 26-Nov. 11 (No class Sept. 2)

Time: 4:30-5:30 pm

Age: 7 years+ (by 8/1/19)

Price: $109

Instructor: R. Ryan-Dahlgren

Beginning Hip Hop

Get ready to move to the beat in this fun introduction into the world of hip hop dance with music and moves just right for your age.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Aug. 27- Nov.12

Time: 6-6:45 pm

Age: 6-9 years

Price: $108

Instructor: J. Dienger

Modern I

If your young one enjoys jumping, falling, spinning, rolling and going upside down than this is the venue for them! In this dynamic and expressive class we will lay the foundation to learn various modern dance techniques while also exploring basic movement principles and concepts through improvisation.

Day/Dates:  Saturdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 16

Time: 12:15-1 pm

Age: 7+ years, by 8/1/19

Price: $99 

Instructor: J. Dienger

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Boys in Motion Ages 5-6

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  This class is specifically designed for young boys ages 5-6 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

Day/Dates: Fridays, Aug. 30-Nov. 15 (No class Sept. 20)

Time: 5-5:30 pm

Age: 5-6 years (by 8/1/19)

Fee: $18 

Instructor: J. Dienger

Irish I

Introduction to Irish Dance technique. Students will learn basic jig and reel steps, along with ceili dances.

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

Time: 5-5:45 pm

Age: 5 years & up

Price: $108

Instructor: A. Pelowski

Boys Dance Sampler (Newly Restructured Class)

This high energy class is just for boys and will enhance their strength, flexibility and athletic skills. This class will use traditional exercises and games to explore classical and contemporary dance disciplines such as hip hop, ballet, modern, and jazz. All experience levels welcome. 

Day/Dates: Thursdays, Aug. 29- Nov. 14 (No class Sept. 19 or Oct. 31)

Age: 7-12

Time: 6:15-7:00 pm

Fee: $18

Instructor: J. Dienger

Try it out for free during our Fall Open House on Saturday, Aug. 24, 11:15-11:45 am

(pre-registration on-line or in-person recommended)

MCA Classes in collaboration with Winona YMCA 

Fall Dance Classes at YMCA

Wednesdays, Sept. 11–Oct.23

Ballet Adventures: Pride Rock 5:30–6 pm, ages 3–5 years

My Grown-up & Me 6:15–6:45 pm, ages 18 mo.–3 years with a grown-up

Wednesdays, Nov. 6–Dec. 18

Ballet: Nutcracker 5:30–6 pm, ages 3–5 years

My Grown-up & Me 6:15–6:45 pm, ages 18 mo.–3 years with a grown-up

Instructor: J. Dienger

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Programs and how to register

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

DRC II Winter Show Case Auditions: Sept. 7th, 2019 at MCA, beginning- intermediate dancers 5-13 years-old invited to audition for ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop pieces. Performances: Friday, Dec. 6- Sunday, Dec. 8.

DRC Annual Spring Dance Concert Performances: April 11-13 at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary's University Campus

Next MCA Nutcracker will be in 2020.

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


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1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

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


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9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 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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