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.

See the handy chart below to help you decide which class is right for your child or click on the division below to explore offerings that are specifically designed for students ages 6 and under.

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Nature in Color

Explore the beauty and mystery of nature and watercolor paints at the same time. Nature will inspire as you learn new painting techniques, how to mix colors, and have fun expressing yourself through this vibrant medium.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, Sept. 23-Oct. 14

Times: 4:30-5:30 pm

Ages: 1st-3rd grade

Instructor(s): B. Haupt

Cost: $59 includes all supplies

 

NEW! Selfie Inspired

Follow the footsteps of famous artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Frida Kahio and learn the tricks and techniques of a variety of self-portrait styles. You don't want to miss this opportunity to admire that beautiful face in the mirror and play with exciting materials.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, Oct. 28-Nov. 18

Times: 4:30-5:30 pm, 1st-3rd grade

5:30-6:30 pm, grades 4+ 

Instructor(s): B. Haupt

Cost: $59

 

Reflections Visual Arts Workshop

Come join MN PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Reflections Arts chair, Lori Ortega in an art class that will utilize the 2019-20 Reflections them, "Look Within." Express yourself through art! This hands-on, creative class, where each student will create their own art work.

2-Day Homeschool Workshop in celebration of Arts Education Week: 

Day/Dates: Tuesday & Thurs, Sept. 10 & 12 

Times & Ages: 10-11:30am, Grades K-8

Learn more about MCA's Homeschool Arts Enrichment Program.

Weekend Workshops:

Day/Dates:  Saturday, Nov. 9

Times & Ages: 11-12:30 pm, grades K-2

                          1 pm- 2:30 pm, grades 3-6

Instructor(s): Lori Ortega

Price: Free, but registration required

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

 

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, winter and summer 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 at 507-453-5500 for more information or by filling out a registration form indicating an instrument of interest.

  • 4, 30 minute lessons- $76
  • 8, 30 minute lessons- $144
  • 12, 30 minute lessons- $204

45 minute and 1 hour lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.

Lesson dates and times: Arranged between MCA instructor and student/family.

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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

 

My Grown up & Me

Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 mos.–3 years 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.

Date: Thursdays, Aug. 29–Nov. 14 (No class Sept. 19 and Oct. 31)

Time: 5:30–6 pm Age: 18 mo.–3 years (by Aug. 1)

Cost: $76

Instructor: J. Dienger

*This class is also offered on-site at the Winona Family YMCA by an MCA Instructor. Click here for more info.

Creative Movement

Children will look forward to class each week as they creatively explore the world of movement while also gaining dance foundations such as balance and spatial awareness.

Day/Dates:   Fridays, Aug. 30-Nov. 15

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Age: 3-5 years by 8/1/19

Fee: $88

Instructor: J. Dienger

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

 

Boys in Motion Ages 3-4

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  This class is specifically designed for young boys ages 3-4 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

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

Time: 4:14-45 pm

Age: 3-4 years (by 8/1/19)

Fee: $18

Instructor: J. Dienger

NEW! Dance Adventures

Do you have a little one who loves to twist and spin and dance around the room? If so they will love this sampler class which is a blend of creative movement and ballet technique and games.  Students will love expressing themselves through movement, gaining knowledge of different dance forms and benefit from moving in space with others. 

Day/Dates: Saturdays, Aug. 31-Nov.16 (No class Sept. 21)

Time: 10:45-11:15 a.m.

Age: 4-6 years by 8/1/19

Fee: $88

Instructor: J. Dienger

 

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Pre-Ballet for 4 year-olds

Playful and engaging first steps into classical ballet.

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

Time: 4-4:30 pm

Age: 4 by 8/1/19

Price: $88

Instructor:  R. Ryan-Dahlgren

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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

Pre-Ballet for 5 year-olds

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

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

Time: 4:45-5:30 pm

Age: 5 by 8/1/18

Price: $90

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

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, Aug. 28-Nov. 13

Time: 4-5 pm

Fee: $119

Age: 6 by 8/1/19

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

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 year. Registration for these camp is through the Winona YMCA at: winonaymca.org

Thursdays,  Jan. 17- March 7, MCA Dance Sampler, 4:15-5:00 pm, ages 6-9

Thursdays, Jan. 17- March 7, Adventures in Ballet- Frozen, 5:15-5:45 pm, ages 3-5 years

Click here for full Descriptions and more details or Click here to view the Winter 2019 Flyer

NEW! Peanut Butter & Jelly Players

Children's imaginations will soar as they recreate storybook tales through dramatizations, music and dance. Each week your child will have fun using theatrical exercises. sing-a-longs and movement games as they prepare for a small performance on the last day of class where they will show off their newly honed skills.

Day/Dates:  Saturdays, Aug. 31- Nov. 16

Times: :45-10-15 am

Ages: 4-6 years

Instructor(s): C. Deysach

Cost: $96

 

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

 

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.

My Grown up & Me

Does your child love to move? Children ages 18 mos.–3 years 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.

Date: Thursdays, Aug. 29–Nov. 14 (No class Sept. 19 and Oct. 31)

Time: 5:30–6 pm Age: 18 mo.–3 years (by Aug. 1)

Cost: $76

Instructor: J. Dienger

*This class is also offered on-site at the Winona Family YMCA by an MCA Instructor. Click here for more info.

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

LOCATION

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

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

OFFICE HOURS

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

Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday
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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