Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts / Classes & Programs

Early Childhood Programs

Ages 6 and under

MCA is the best place to give your child a great start in the arts.

Because our instructors are so in-tune with the developmental stages and needs of children of this age your child will leave each class with a bounce in their step and eagerly return each week. MCA instructors know just how to strike just the right chord between creating fun, playful learning, and building a solid foundation in the arts. Children as young as 18 months old may start exploring the magical world of dance along with a special grown-up in their life in our “My Grown-up & Me” class.

Please click on the division below to explore offerings that are specifically designed for students ages 6 and under.

Choose your own ARTventure

During these monthly visual arts workshops, young artists will have opportunity to build community and explore the visual arts in a unique way. Participants are invited to take a process-based approach to artistic discovery and skill building.  Students will enhance their artistic decision making skills through a variety of materials such as: clay, watercolor, printmaking…… Each session will include an introduction to the elements of art and how they guide creative process. Art Lab is a place for kids to join a community of artists, let their imaginations take charge and to choose their own art-venture!

Day/Time: Saturdays, K-2nd grade (9-10am), 3rd-5th grade (10:15am- 11:45am), and 6th grade & up (12pm- 1:30pm)

Dates:   Fall:Second Saturdays: Sep. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9

Winter: Jan.13, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, and April 14

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

Price: $54 for Fall or Winter session or $15 ea.

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Let's Go to the Movies- Nov. 14, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Free, includes special dance performance set to a song form "Moana" and arts activities with  "Mission Impossible" & "Space Jam"

Be Our Guest- Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Free, special vocal performance and "Beauty and the Beast" themed art activities.

Journey Beyond Platform 9 3/4- Jan. 5, 5:30-6:30pm- Free, a Harry Potter themed artventure.

All the World is a Stage- Feb. 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Luck of the Irish- March 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

Create a Comic Workshop

This workshop is in celebration of the holiday Free Comic Book Day (Always the first Saturday in May). During the workshop young artists will celebrate the art of comic books and learn about how to create their very own comic. Drawing comics is a great way to promote literacy skills and for kids to flex their creative muscles.

Day/Time: Saturday, May 7th, K-2nd grade (10 - 11 a.m.) & 3rd-5th grade (11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Price: $15 (all supplies and snack included)

Instructors: Brianna Haupt

 

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)

Camp Broadway- June 18-22, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade

Castles and Kingdoms 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- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade.

Imagine That Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:45am, ages 3-5 & 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, 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.

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Music for Little Movers

You and your child will squeal with delight as you wiggle and spin with Amanda to both original and favorite preschool songs. This class will explore new topics each week including colors, animals, and seasons. It is designed to develop your child’s motor skills, tickle their ears and create a fun memories.

Instructor: Amanda Grace

Date: Tuesdays, Jan. 16- Feb. 20

Time: 10 - 10:30 a.m.

Age: Birth-5 years with a caregiver

Fee: $42 per child or $69 per family

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Private Lessons

MCA offers private lessons for all ages and abilities! Our experienced teaching artists prepare students for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Private lessons are offered year-round. Instruction available in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, cello, guitar, bass. piano, percussion, and voice. Students will be expected to purchase method books the instructor feels best address the student’s needs. Students have the opportunity to perform during MCA’s Annual Fall and Winter Concerts and other performance opportunities based upon instructor recommendations. Some instruments such as the violin, guitar and piano are better suited for young students, if you have a young child who is interested in learning an instrument please contact us for more information.

  • 4 lessons- $72
  • 8 lessons- $136
  • 12 lessons- $180

Lesson dates and times: Arranged

Instructor and instrument

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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)

Camp Broadway- June 18-22, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade

Castles and Kingdoms 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- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade.

Imagine That Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:45am, ages 3-5 & 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, 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.

My Grown up & Me

Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 months – 3 years old are invited to explore a new environment and connect with a special grown-up in their life. This class will stimulate coordination, balance and listening skills and will be filled with smiles to last a lifetime! Grown-ups attending will be asked to participate along with their child.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 11- March 15

Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Age: 18 months -3 years by 01/01/18

Fee: $70 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Creative Movement

Children will look forward to class each week as they creatively explore the world of movement.

Day/Dates:   Thursdays, Jan. 11- Mar. 15,  5:00-5:30 p.m.

Age: 3-5 years by 1/1/18

Fee: $70 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

 

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Pre-Ballet for 4 year-olds

Playful and engaging first steps into classical ballet.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Jan. 8- March 12

Time: 5 - 5:30 p.m.

Age: 4 by 1/1/18

Price: $70 (10 classes)

Instructor:  N. Schleich

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Boys in Motion

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  Specifically designed for young boys ages 4-6 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 10- Mar. 14

Time: 5:00-5:30p.m. 

Age: 4-6 years

Fee: $18 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Pre-Ballet for 5 year-olds

An imaginative, technique based introduction to classical ballet perfect for your 5 year-old.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, Jan. 8- Mar. 12

Time: 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Age: 5 by 1/1/18

Price: $80 (10 classes)

Instructor: N. Schleich

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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, Jan. 11- Mar. 15

Time: 4-5 p.m.

Age: Ages 5-7 years

Price: $ 90 (10 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger

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: Saturdays, Jan. 13- Mar.17

Time: 11:15-12 p.m.

Age: 6-9 years

Price: $80 (110classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Modern I

No need to lace up shoes, come and explore beginning level of modern dance in your bare feet.

Day/Dates: Fridays, Jan. 12 - Mar. 16

Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Age: 6 -9 years, by 1/1/18

Price: $80 (10 Classes)

Instructor: B. Mosser

ballet dancer

Beginning Ballet

Continued introduction to classical ballet. Designed to build coordination, strength and body awareness through a range of creative techniques perfect for your 6 year-old.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 10- Mar. 14

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fee: $90 (10 classes)

Age: 6 by 1/1/18

Instructor:  N. Schleich

MCA Classes at Winona YMCA

Creative Movement

Sept. 12- Oct. 17

Session 1:Tuesday, 9:00 – 9:30 AM (3 years)
Session 2: Tuesday, 9:40 – 10:20 AM (4-5 years)

Instructor: N. Schleich

YMCA Member / Non-Member: $45 / $55

Pre-Ballet

Oct. 31-Dec. 12 (No class Nov. 21st)

Session 1:Tuesday, 9:00 – 9:30 AM (3 years)
Session 2: Tuesday, 9:40 – 10:20 AM (4-5 years)

Instructor: N. Schleich

YMCA Member / Non-Member: $45 / $55

Intro to Ballet

September 11th – October 16th

Session 1: Monday, 4:00 – 4:40 PM (5 – 7 year olds)
Session 2: Monday, 4:40 – 5:20 PM (8 – 12 year olds)

Instructor: Danielle Schleich

YMCA Member / Non-Member: $45 / $55

Beginning Hip Hop

October 30th- Dec. 11th (No class Nov. 20)

Session 1: Monday, 4:00 – 4:40 PM (5 – 7 year olds)
Session 2: Monday, 4:40 – 5:20 PM (8 – 12 year olds)

Instructor: Danielle Schleich

YMCA Member / Non-Member: $45 / $55

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

Irish I

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

Day/Dates:  Wed. Jan. 10-Mar. 14

Time: 5-5:45pm

Age: 5 years & up

Price: $80 (10 classes)

Instructor: Alanna Duffy Pelowski

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Let's Go to the Movies- Nov. 14, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Free, includes special dance performance set to a song form "Moana" and arts activities with  "Mission Impossible" & "Space Jam"

Be Our Guest- Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Free, special vocal performance and "Beauty and the Beast" themed art activities.

Journey Beyond Platform 9 3/4- Jan. 5, 5:30-6:30pm- Free, a Harry Potter themed artventure.

All the World is a Stage- Feb. 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Luck of the Irish- March 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

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)

Camp Broadway- June 18-22, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade

Castles and Kingdoms 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- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 2nd-4th grade & 5th-8th grade.

Imagine That Camp- 1 week in August TBA, Monday- Friday, 9:30-10:45am, ages 3-5 & 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, 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.

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Let's Go to the Movies- Nov. 14, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Free, includes special dance performance set to a song form "Moana" and arts activities with  "Mission Impossible" & "Space Jam"

Be Our Guest- Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Free, special vocal performance and "Beauty and the Beast" themed art activities.

Journey Beyond Platform 9 3/4- Jan. 5, 5:30-6:30pm- Free, a Harry Potter themed artventure.

All the World is a Stage- Feb. 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Luck of the Irish- March 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

Family Classes

With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have 4 classes that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together. Below are descriptions of our Family Classes, but you may also want to check out our Events listing to find out about #MCAontheGo events & performances out in the community.

Family Arts Academy Workshops

Family Arts Academy

Family Arts Academy workshops are FREE monthly themed multi-arts experiences that invite the whole family to learn new skills, meet local artists and have fun creating together. Come to one or all, pre-registration recommended. Geared towards kids ages 4-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Let's Go to the Movies- Nov. 14, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Free, includes special dance performance set to a song form "Moana" and arts activities with  "Mission Impossible" & "Space Jam"

Be Our Guest- Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Free, special vocal performance and "Beauty and the Beast" themed art activities.

Journey Beyond Platform 9 3/4- Jan. 5, 5:30-6:30pm- Free, a Harry Potter themed artventure.

All the World is a Stage- Feb. 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Luck of the Irish- March 2, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Art Attack- April 6, 5:30-6:30pm- Free

Jedi Training (back by popular demand!)- May 4, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

 

baby with rattle

Music for Little Movers

You and your child will squeal with delight as you wiggle and spin with Amanda to both original and favorite preschool songs. This class will explore new topics each week including colors, animals, and seasons. It is designed to develop your child’s motor skills, tickle their ears and create a fun memories.

Instructor: Amanda Grace

Date: Tuesdays, Jan. 16- Feb. 20

Time: 10 - 10:30 a.m.

Age: Birth-5 years with a caregiver

Fee: $42 per child or $69 per family

My Grown up & Me

Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 months – 3 years old are invited to explore a new environment and connect with a special grown-up in their life. This class will stimulate coordination, balance and listening skills and will be filled with smiles to last a lifetime! Grown-ups attending will be asked to participate along with their child.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 11- March 15

Time: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Age: 18 months -3 years by 01/01/18

Fee: $70 (10 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

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

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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