Classes & ProgramsSummer Camps
Come explore the arts this summer at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts!
Our summer programming offers an engaging, inspiring and safe environment for students to gain new skills and perfect artistry.
Below is a list of our new and popular summer camps. We also have a new session of dance classes for all ages beginning in May, National Tap Dance Day Workshops in May, and private music lessons offered throughout the Summer. Once again MCA is excited to be partnering with the Winona YMCA to offer programs on-site at the Y and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum during our 5th annual Winona Arts Camps. Registration for Spring & Summer 2019 will open online, March 11th. Families can register in person at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center located at 1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN.
Junior Training Program for Dancers (formally known as Mini-Summer Dance Intensive)
Are you ready to dance your day away? Here is your chance! Each day dancers will warm up in a ballet class, build foot and ankle strength in pre-pointe, dabble in different theory classes such as dance history, composition (choreography), and theatre, rounding out their dance experience with a “genre of the day” class, including jazz, modern, musical theatre and hip hop. Each day will end with a rehearsal for a final showcase that will be in our Academy Theatre for friends and family. Back for the second year, we will have special guest artist Natasha Posey, who is on faculty at Milwaukee Ballet joining us in addition to our fabulous MCA faculty.
No auditions are required, but it is recommended that dancers have at least 3 years of training.
Dates: June 17-28, M-F
Time: 9am-4pm, Performance- June 28, 6:30pm
Age: 9 years- High School (at least 3 years of ballet training)
Fee: $375 Fee includes over 60 hours of instruction and camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers 11 years-22 years please visit our website for details about our audition based 3-week Summer Dance Intensive with a boarding option, July 7-27, 2019.
NEW! Young Dancer Intensive
Do you dance in your dreams and everywhere you go? Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to spin and soar. We will start each day off with ballet to build a strong dance foundation, then explore a “genre of the day” class including jazz, modern, or hip hop and end the day with a creative class such as costume design or acting to ignite your imagination and performance skills. No dance experience necessary.
Dates: June 24-28, M-F
Time: 1-4 pm
Age: 6-9 years
Fee: $119, Fee includes a camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a snack and water bottle daily.
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 will hold new challenges for beginning, intermediate, and advanced tappers.
Dancers should bring a water bottle and snack each day. An informal demonstration for family and friends will be held on Friday, Aug. 2nd 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 29-Aug.2, M-F
Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: 3:00-5:00 pm (ages 6+, no experience- 2 years experience)
Tap II-V: 1:00 - 5:00 pm (Intermediate & advanced Tap Dancers ages 11+ or MCA Tap levels II-V. Tappers will participate in a placement class on day one.)
Fee: Tap for Kids and Tap I: $99
Tap II-V: $189
*Fees include camp t-shirt.
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.
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
Summer Dance Intensive
Experience the nurturing and intimate atmosphere of the 16th annual Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Summer Dance Intensive If you are an intermediate or advanced dancer between the ages of 11 and 22, who is ready for your dance technique to soar to new heights, then this is the intensive for you! You will spend 7 to 9 hours of your day studying dance in technique classes and rehearsals under the direction of seasoned, professional instructors. Auditions are required for acceptance.
Dates: July 7-27, 2019 Daily
Price: TBA *Talent-based scholarships and returning student discounts available.
National Tap Dance Day workshops
Each class will include tap technique, warm-ups, and rehearsals to learn a choreographed piece to be performed at MCA’s National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) celebration in the Academy Theatre on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. Each year tap celebrations are held in honor of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday. Don’t miss this exciting performance opportunity!
Dates: Classes April 29- June 1, Rehearsal and performance Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Days, times and levels: See Below
Tap for Kids- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt (ages 6+ ), C. Deysach
Tap I- Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. & Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt (ages 6 years and up ), C. Martin
Tap II/III- Saturdays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt , C. Martin
Tap IV & V- Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt, J. Dienger
Adult Tap- See Adult Fitness Section
Dancers will wear MCA Tapper Shirts, new ones can be purchased for $12 in the office.
*Please don't let the lack of tap shoes be a barrier, we have a tap shoes that can be borrowed in most sizes, just ask our office. New to MCA? No problem, please contact our office so we may help you choose the right level for you.
Stay Strong August Session
Stay strong this summer. 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. 6-12
Times: 4:30-6 p.m.
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. 8-12
Times: 4:30-6 p.m.
Stay Strong Fees:
3 class punch card- $40
6 classes punch card- $80
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!
My daughter had a great time at the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI). She enjoyed the teachers, learning new styles of dance, as well as being challenged in styles of dance that she was already familiar with. The teachers were encouraging and supportive. I would highly recommend SDI.
In the past few years, I have watched my daughter grow into a more confident little girl. She isn’t as shy as she used to be and enjoys being involved. She absolutely loves tap dance! She fell in love with it last year at this time when she tried the National Tap dance workshop. She has also enjoyed the arts camp and when it was over last summer, she asked when she could go again. She is able to experience a bit of independence while at camp.
On March 11th, 2019, registration for our Spring/ Summer session opens and we hope you are excited as we are about our new offerings and the popular camps and classes that are returning. Below is a little peek at some of our new and or improved programs to look forward to, also don’t forget that you can save big bucks on our summer camps if you register by May 1. All of the dates and descriptions are up on our website, our paper and digital catalog will be out soon.
A day at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts summer dance intensive
For three weeks each July, around 30-38 dancers venture to the small but safe and beautiful river town of Winona, MN. These intermediate and advanced dancers who range in age from 11-22 years experience full days of dancing, attend professional music and theatre performances, and make friendships that last a lifetime. The Intensive is rooted in strong ballet technique, but offers a well-rounded dance education and opportunity to study with top notch artists.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold four open auditions in Wisconsin and Minnesota for our 17th annual Summer Dance Intensive boarding summer camp (one of the only boarding summer dance intensives in Minnesota!). Thanks to positive feedback the SDI will once again be 3-weeks! The Dance Intensive will held July 7-27, 2019 in Winona, Minnesota. MCA, is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and invites intermediate and advanced dancers between the ages of 11 and 22, who are ready for their dance technique to soar to new heights to audition. Auditions will be held in La Crosse & Green Bay, WI and Winona and Mankato, MN.