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Winona Arts Camp 2018: I Create

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 4th annual integrated arts summer camp, but with a new format where students get to choose the visual and performing arts they want to explore. From songwriting to exploring master painters and hip hop dance to stand up commedia (a mix of Commedia Dell'arte and improv theatre) 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. A class selection survey will be sent out to registered student in late Spring.

Dates: August 6-10 (Monday- Friday)

Time: 9:00- 3:30 p.m.

Age: 1st-8th grade

Price: $199, Fee includes camp t-shirt and daily snack. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

From Page to Stage

From majestic far-away places to the steps of a Broadway theatre, the written word will be used to ignite your creativity and imagination as you sculpt, act, dance, paint, sing, draw, and drum. Will you be inspired by Hobbits, Oz, an orphanage, or wardrobes? Friends and family will be invited on the last day for a visual and performing arts showcase. Students will be asked to bring a bagged lunch, snack and water bottle each day.

Dates: June 26 – June 30 (Monday- Friday)

Time: 9:00am- 3:00pm

Age: 2nd – 4th & 5th – 8th grade

Price: $175 (Early Bird Special) $199 (after May 1) includes camp t-shirt

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Teen and Adult Tap I

An introduction to tap dance. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Join us for a foot stompin, toe-tappin’ good time!

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Aug. 29- Nov. 14

Time: 8-8:45 p.m.

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: J. Dienger

Price: $90 (12 classes)

Fall Registration Open Soon!

NEW! Teen and Adult Tap II

Tap dance for teens and adults with experience looking for an additional challenge. Classes will include expanded tap terminology, combinations, and technical concepts.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Aug. 29- Nov. 14

Time: 8-9:15 p.m.

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: J. Dienger

Price: $108 (12 classes)

Fall Registration Open Soon!


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Adult Tap I

An introduction to tap dance. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Join us for a foot stompin', toe-tappin’ good time!

Day/Dates: check back soon

Time: TBA

Age: Ages 14 & up


Instructor: J. Dienger

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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: $189, includes camp t-shirt

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Dance Conditioning

This pilates and yoga combination class focuses on yoga postures and pilates strengthening to offer the perfect conditioning class. All levels are welcome; no experience necessary. Certified instructor.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Aug. 29- Oct. 31 (no class Sept. 5)

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

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: A. Honecker- Sherman

Price: $63 (9 classes)

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Open Ballet

Experience the artistry of ballet while gaining flexibility, placement, strength, and fluidity in this ballet technique and conditioning class. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary. 


Fall B: Mondays, Oct. 22-Dec. 10 (No Nov. 19), 5:45-7pm $70 (7 classes)

Winter A: Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, 5:45-7pm $80 (8 classes)

Winter B: Mondays, March 11-April 22, 5:45-7pm $70 (7 classes)

Age: Ages 14 & up 

Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman

MCA Punch Card Accepted

Irish Dancers

Teen & Adult Irish

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

Day/Dates: Mondays, Aug. 29- Oct. 31 (no class Sept. 5)

Time: 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: A. Honecker- Sherman

Price: $53 (9 classes)

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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

Age: 11-22

Price: TBA *Talent-based scholarships and returning student discounts available.

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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. NEW this year, we will have special guest artists including Natasha Posey, who is faculty at Milwaukee Ballet and Danceworks, Inc. No auditions are required, but it is recommended that dancers have at least 3 years of ballet 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)

Price: $375 

Fee includes over 60 hours of instruction and camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

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Jazz Combos

Jazz combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The Jazz Combo session will provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, and improvisation. The ultimate goal of these ensembles is to give interested students the opportunity to study and perform jazz ensemble literature. The combos will pay at a variety community performances, TBA All musicians and instruments are welcome, but space is limited.

Day/Time: Tues. 6:30-7:30pm, Wed. 6:15-7:15pm, Wed. 7:15-8:15pm

Dates: Winter Semester: Jan. 8-March 20 (no rehearsal March 11-14)

Age: Grades 6-12

Instructor: D. Gudmastad

Price: $99 (10 classes) Combo practice times are flexible and dependent on the needs of the members. Contact director with questions.

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Rock and Blues Guitar Techniques

This class is geared for students who have a little bit of guitar experience and want to explore the fundamentals of Rock guitar. This class shows you five power chords, blues scales, lead guitar solo techniques and so much more. We’ll also learn some vintage rock guitar songs that musicians have traditionally used to hone their chops with. Open to both electric and acoustic guitarists.We’ll have fun learning how to jam!

Dates: Thursdays, July 20 thru August 24.

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Age: 5th grade to adult

Instructor: Kerry Klungtvedt

Fee: $59

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Beginning Rock Guitar Class

Learning rock guitar can be lots of fun and very challenging. This class shows you the fundamentals of guitar as well as some basic rock techniques. Geared for the absolute beginner, seasoned players are also welcome to join in and get a fresh perspective on the instrument. We’ll present the fundamentals of strumming, chord vocabulary, rhythm, tone, and other elements of rock music. Open to both electric and acoustic players.

Dates: Thursdays, July 13 thru August 17.

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Age: 5th grade to adult

Instructor: Kerry Klungtvedt Fee: $59

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NEW! Stage Combat Basics

An introduction to the fine art of [not] beating people up on stage! These workshops will cover the basics of stage combat: safety, partnering, and commitment to the scene, using unarmed and knife techniques. (All equipment will be provided and safe for stage.) Come dressed to move, bring a water bottle, and get ready to throw some fake punches!

Ages: High School to adult

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, April 10th and 11th

Times: 6:30-8pm

Instructor: Mike Speck

Fee: $39

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 Beauty and the Beast

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre (PFCT) will be back in Winona to present their original version of the classic tale, "Beauty and the Beast". "Beauty and the Beast", with script and music by Daniel Nordquist and costume and set design by Deborah Nelson-Pick is a tale about an unjust prince, a gypsy curse, and a young girl who sees beyond appearances. Students aged 7-18 will be cast in the original musical production of “Aladdin”. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 22nd to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4pm-8:15pm and performances on Friday, April 26th at 7pm and Saturday, April, 27th at 2pm. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valencia Arts Center.

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 22- 27

Times: TBA (depends on role assigned, see time frames above)

Instructor(s): Professional Actors/Directors from Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre

Cast Member Price: $65

Ticket cost: $6 Adults & $5 Students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 22-27 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)


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.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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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