Programs & Classes

Youth Programs

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a full service arts conservatory that provides quality arts education in music, theatre, dance and visual art. Information about inspiring, nurturing and non-competitive programs specifically designed for children aged 6 and up are listed below.

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Winona Arts Camp 2017: Improv Everywhere “Unexpected in the Arts”

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 3rd annual integrated arts summer camp. This year’s theme is “Improv Everywhere.” Get ready to think quick on your feet, flex your creative muscles and discover the joy of the unexpected in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3pm on final day of camp.

Dates: August 7-11 (Monday- Friday)

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

Age: 2nd – 4th & 5th – 8th grade

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

MCA Camps at Winona YMCA

Act-it-Out

June 19-23, 3:00-3:45pm- K-2nd grade & 4-5pm 3rd-5th grade

Instructor: Jamie Schwaba

Dancing with my Teddy

June 26-June 30, 10:35-11:05am, Ages 3 & 4 

Instructor: Jennifer Taber -O’Neill

The Royal Ballet

June 26-June 30, 11:10-11:55am, Ages 5 & 6

Instructor: Jennifer Taber-O’Neill

Creative Camp

July 17-21, 3-4pm- K-2nd grade & 4-5pm- 3rd-5th grade

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

5-6-7-8 Dance Camp

July 31-Aug. 4, 10:35-11:20am- K-2nd & 11:20-12:05pm- 3rd-5th

Instructor: Jessica Dienger 

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Camps and how to register

Choose your own ARTventure

During these monthly visual arts workshops, young artists will have opportunity to build community and explore the visual arts in a unique way. Participants are invited to take a process-based approach to artistic discovery and skill building.  Students will enhance their artistic decision making skills through a variety of materials such as: clay, watercolor, printmaking…… Each session will include an introduction to the elements of art and how they guide creative process. Art Lab is a place for kids to join a community of artists, let their imaginations take charge and to choose their own art-venture!

Day/Time: Saturdays, K-2nd grade (9-10am), 3rd-5th grade (10:15am- 11:45am), and 6th grade & up (12pm- 1:30pm)

Dates:   Second Saturdays: Sep. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

Price: $54

Fall Registration Open Soon!

Homeschoolers Act-it-Out

Specially designed for Homeschoolers in the Winona Area,  this class will encourage students to work as an ensemble as they build stage presence and off-the-cuff creativity. Students will enjoy exploring the world of theatre and improvisation, while experiencing the additional benefits of developing communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. On the last day of class, friends and family will be invited to an open house where students will present a variety of scenes & improvisation games. Exciting new material will challenge returning students.  Learn more about MCA's Homeschool Arts Enrichment Program.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 12- Oct. 31 

Times: 10:30-11:45am

Instructor(s): Samantha Heaver

Price: $35 (7 classes)

Registration Open Soon.

Musical Theatre

Come experience the magical world of musical theatre.  Students will be introduced to basic theatre skills such as stage presence, singing, dancing, and performing with a partner.  Banish stage fright through games, group activities, and movement exercises.  No prior experience necessary, but new material will be covered for continuing students. Families will be invited to an informal showcase at the end of the session. 

Day/Dates: Fridays, Sept. 1-29 

Times: 4:30-5:30pm

Instructor(s): Jamie Schwaba

Price: $45 (5 classes)

Registration Open Soon.

Aladdin

Prairie Fire Children's Theatre (PFCT) will be back in Winona to present their original version of the classic tale, "Aladdin". "Aladdin", with script and music by Daniel Nordquist and costume and set design by Deborah Nelson-Pick is an exotic journey full of fun and surprises. 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 23rd to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4pm-8:15pm and performances on Friday April 27th at 7pm and Saturday, April 28th at 2pm. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valencia Arts Center.

Day/Dates: Monday-Saturday, April 23-28

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

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

Price: $65

Registration Open Soon.

DANCE

Below are all of the age based dance classes that do not require placement by instructor. Dancers who have 1-2 years of experience in a style of dance should contact our office 507-453-5500 and we are happy to help place you in the right class or suggest the right level(s) to trial.

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Ballet I

Beginning classical ballet basics, including the introduction of barre work.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, September 2- November 18 (no class Oct. 21)

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Age: 7 & up by 9/1/17

Price: $99 (11 Classes)

Instructor: Rachael Nehring

Fall 2017 Registration Coming Soon!

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: Saturdays, Sept. 9- Nov. 18

Time: 11:15-12 p.m.

Age: 6-9 years

Price: $88 (11 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Jazz I

Beginning level of traditional jazz dance.

Day/Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 9- Nov. 18

Time: 10am-11am

Age: 9 years & up

Price: $99 (11 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

Modern I

No need to lace up shoes, come and explore beginning level of modern dance in your bare feet.

Day/Dates: Fridays, Sept. 1- Nov. 17

Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Age: 6 -9 years, by 9/1/17

Price: $96 (12 Classes)

Instructor: B. Mosser

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Boys in Motion

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  Specifically designed for young boys ages 4-6 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Aug. 30- Nov. 15

Time: 5:30-6p.m. 

Age: 4-6 years

Fee: $22 (12 classes)

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, August 30- Nov. 15

Time: 5-5:45pm

Age: 5 years & up

Price: $96 (12 classes)

Instructor: Alanna Duffy Pelowski

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Modern II

Intermediate level of modern dance.

Day/Dates: Fridays, Sept. 1- Nov. 17

Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Age: 10 & up

Price: $96 (12 Classes)

Instructor: B. Mosser

Fall Registration Open Soon! 

 

Boys Dance

This high energy class just for boys focuses on building technique and strength while exploring classical and contemporary dance disciplines such as hip hop, ballet, modern and jazz dance. All experience levels welcome. 

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

Age: 7-12

Time: 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Fee: $22 (12 classes)

Instructor: J. Dienger

 

Tap I

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: Wednesdays, August 30-Nov.15

Time: 6-6:45 p.m.

Age: Ages 8+

Price: $ 96 (12 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger

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Tap & Jazz for Kids I/II

An introduction to the fundamentals of tap and jazz dance for students ages 5 – 7. Students will stomp, leap, and turn their way through this fun, rhythm filled class.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, August 31- Nov. 16

Time: 4-5 p.m.

Age: Ages 5-7 years

Price: $ 108 (12 classes)

Instructor:  J. Dienger

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Winona Arts Camp 2017: Improv Everywhere “Unexpected in the Arts”

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 3rd annual integrated arts summer camp. This year’s theme is “Improv Everywhere.” Get ready to think quick on your feet, flex your creative muscles and discover the joy of the unexpected in music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3pm on final day of camp.

Dates: August 7-11 (Monday- Friday)

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

Age: 2nd – 4th & 5th – 8th grade

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

MCA Camps at Winona YMCA

Act-it-Out

June 19-23, 3:00-3:45pm- K-2nd grade & 4-5pm 3rd-5th grade

Instructor: Jamie Schwaba

Dancing with my Teddy

June 26-June 30, 10:35-11:05am, Ages 3 & 4 

Instructor: Jennifer Taber -O’Neill

The Royal Ballet

June 26-June 30, 11:10-11:55am, Ages 5 & 6

Instructor: Jennifer Taber-O’Neill

Creative Camp

July 17-21, 3-4pm- K-2nd grade & 4-5pm- 3rd-5th grade

Instructor: Brianna Haupt

5-6-7-8 Dance Camp

July 31-Aug. 4, 10:35-11:20am- K-2nd & 11:20-12:05pm- 3rd-5th

Instructor: Jessica Dienger 

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Camps and how to register

Dance Repertory Company

In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities. Students may audition for MCA's pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA's junior performing troupe, Dance Repertory Company II. DRC produces two production annually. Biannually DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker.  During 2017 The Dance Repertory Company II will produce Movie Mania and classical ballet of Cinderella

Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates:

Movie Mania Auditions: Sat. August, 26 10-Noon at MCA

Movie Mania Performances:  Dec. 1-3, at MCA in the Academy Theatre

Cinderella Principal & Soloist Auditions: Saturday Nov. 18, 2:30-4:30pm at MCA

Cinderella Auditions: Jan. 20, times TBA at MCA

Cinderella Performances: April 19-22 at the Page Theatre on the St. Mary’s University Campus

For more information about auditioning for DRC, ordering tickets or past productions click here.

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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!

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Teen and Adult Ballet Technique and Barre Conditioning

Day/Dates: 

Fall I: Mondays, Aug. 28- Oct. 23, 5:75-7:00pm $72 (8 classes) (No Class Sept. 4)

Fall II: Mondays, Oct. 19- Dec. 17, 5:45-7:00pm $72 (8 classes)

Age: Ages 14 & up

Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman

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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 and Winter 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 for more information.

  • 4 lessons- $72
  • 8 lessons- $136
  • 12 lessons- $180

Lesson dates and times: Arranged

Instructor and instrument list

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. 10- March 15

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.

Click here to see MCA Jazz Combos in Action.

Musical Theatre

Come experience the magical world of musical theatre.  Students will be introduced to basic theatre skills such as stage presence, singing, dancing, and performing with a partner.  Banish stage fright through games, group activities, and movement exercises.  No prior experience necessary, but new material will be covered for continuing students. Families will be invited to an informal showcase at the end of the session. 

Day/Dates: Fridays, Sept. 1-29 

Times: 4:30-5:30pm

Instructor(s): Jamie Schwaba

Price: $45 (5 classes)

Registration Open Soon.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

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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 3-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

Stomp August 1st, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Free

A Visit to Oz- Sept. 12, 5:30- 6:30pm, Free

Ninja Quest- Oct. 10, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Let's Go to the Movies- Nov. 14, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Free, includes special performance

Be Our Guest- Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Free

Family Irish

Will your family be ready for St. Patrick's Day this year? This is your chance to spend quality time as a family making memories that will last a lifetime as you exercise and learn basic Irish jibs, reel steps and ceili dances. No classes Sept. 4.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Aug. 28- Nov. 13

Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Ages: All ages 5+

Instructor: A. Honecker- Sherman

Price: $99 a Family (11 classes)

LOCATION

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

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

HOURS OF OPERATION

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

Wednesday
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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