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, Rock Guitar classes in July, and private music lessons offered throughout the Summer. We are in the process of implementing new registration software, we hope that online registration will be available by April 1st, until that time families can register in person at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center located at 1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold four open auditions in Wisconsin and Minnesota for our 16th annual Summer Dance Intensive boarding summer camp (one of the only boarding summer dance intensives in Minnesota!). As a result of feedback, new in 2018 the Intensive is now 3-weeks! The Dance Intensive will held July 8-28, 2018 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.
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 is for intermediate and advanced tap dancers ages 11 – 21 or MCA Tap levels II, III, IV, and V. Dancers should bring a water bottle and snack each day. An informal demonstration for family and friends will be held on Friday, Aug. 3rd 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 30- Aug. 3, 2018 (Mon.- Fri.)
Time: 1 – 5 p.m.
Age: Intermediate & Adv. Tap Dancers ages 11 – 21 or MCA Tap levels II, III, IV, and V
Price: $165 (early Bird), $189 (after May 1) includes camp t-shirt
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. No auditions are required, but it is recommended that dancers have at least 3 years of training.
Dates: June 18-29, 2018 M-F
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Performance June 29th, 6:30pm
Age: 9 years- High School (at least 3 years of dance training, MCA Ballet II and up)
Price: $319 (Early Bird Special), $375 (after May 1).
Fee includes over 60 hours of instruction and camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
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 8-28, 2018 Daily
Price: Tuition :TBA, Room and Board: TBA *Talent-based scholarships and returning student discounts available.
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!Lucy
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.Parent of SDI Participant
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.Parent of MCA Student
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is so excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Winona YMCA this summer. We will be bringing our top notch instructors, curriculum, and teaching tools on-site to the YMCA (207 Winona Street, Winona, MN) to offer new opportunities for members of the community to explore the arts. YMCA staff is even able to offer chaperones to aide younger children in getting to and from YMCA Childcare and other Y programs to these camps which will allow parents to work-out during this time.
Summer is just around the corner and we know you are looking for quality and engaging programs to help foster growth in your child(ren) this summer. Lucky for you we have 6 camps at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) for your child this summer. Here are five reasons why you will be happy you joined the MCA family this summer!
Local youth in grades 2-8 have the unique opportunity to attend a camp at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts with local singer/songwriter Amanda Grace. The Summer Songwriting Showcase will run August 15-19, 9am-Noon.