Classes & Programs

Family Programs

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 multi-age 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.

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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

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

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3rd Annual MCA Free-4-All & Winter Open House

Have you been waiting for just the right time to check out one of our classes? The wait is now over, MCA is having a FREE-4-ALL… a day of free classes for the whole family! This event will feature classes for both youth and adults- so bring some friends and try a class or two. All classes are FREE, space is limited so preregistration is recommended online, by phone or in-person.


My Grown-up & Me (18mo.- 3 years with Adult), Jess Dienger (only 30min)

Ballet (7-13), Rachael Nehring


Barre  (14- Adult) , Jess Dienger

Irish (ages 5-13), Alanna Pellowski


Teen & Adult Ballet (14- Adult), Avin Honecker-Sherman

Modern  (6-13), Brenna Mosser


Pre-Ballet (ages 4-6), Natalie Schleich

Hip Hop (ages 6-13), Jess Dienger


Creative Movement (ages 3-5 years) Jess Dienger (only 30 minutes)

Musical Theatre (7-13), Jamie Schwaba

Date: Jan. 6

Price: FREE

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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


Time to discover, let us help you get your art fix!

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is busy preparing and providing you with opportunities to discover the arts through our #MCAontheGO Community Outreach events and performances. All of these opportunities are free unless otherwise noted and they are a great opportunity to get to know MCA and experience the arts on a shoestring budget. So grab your calendar and save the date for the amazing community events listed below that we will be a part of!

First Induction Ceremony for NHSDA Planned

MCA is excited to announce that we will hold our first induction ceremony for our chapter for National Honor on Saturday, January 13 at 2:30 pm in the Recital Hall at MCA.
The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance. Dancers interested being inducted in January are personally responsible for documenting their own points towards induction. They can do this using the Points Tracking Form available at, or by creating their own spreadsheet. This documentation will then be submitted to MCA NHSDA Chapter Sponsor Tammy Schmidt by the Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

Give the Arts this #GivingTuesday

Give the Gift of Creativity

The arts are so much more than merely learning steps, lines, stokes or notes. It takes teamwork, discipline, strength, creativity, experimentation, confidence and patience…Life lessons all wrapped up beautifully with a bow.

By making a donation to The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) today, you’re helping to ensure that our multi-art infused education programs and performances are accessible to all area community members- regardless of their ability to pay. Join the #GivingTuesday movement and give a child a chance to dance, help seniors stay active or help budding musicians thrive.


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

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


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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