Looking to improve your health, happiness and well being? Why not explore the arts this spring and summer? Research from the University of Western Australia suggests that exposure to the arts for just two hours every week can drastically improve your mental health and overall well-being. It can be active exposure, like painting or taking a dance class or passive exposure, like strolling through a gallery or attending a performance. Lucky for you and your family we have plenty of options for you to engage in the arts. 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.
New or Re-Structured 2019 Camps
Brand new camp for ages 3 years- 1st grade!
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
Brand new camp for ages 6-9!
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 22-26, 2020 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.
Now we have a section open to beginning level students!
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. 14th 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: August, 10-14 2020
Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: Time TBA (ages 5+, 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: TBA
Tap II-V: TBA
*Fees include camp t-shirt.
Same great camp but new offerings within, including puppet making with Dr. Bob and Creative Journaling with Miss. Brianna!
Winona Arts Camp 2020
Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 6th 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 percussion and creative journaling to learning how to apply special effects stage make-up and ballet basics, 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 (Registration will be live around April 1).
Dates: August 3-7, M-F
Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
Age: 1st - 8th grade
Price: $209, Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
Class choices for 2020 include: Special Effects Stage Make-up, Recycled Art, Ready, Set, DRAW, Meet the Piano, Tap it Out, Ballet Basics, Intro to Hip Hop, Just Weave It, Percussion Jam, Guitar Star, Sing Out, Adventures in Acting,Creative Journaling, and Musical Theatre class choice form.
New or Re-Structured Classes and Workshops
Brand new art workshop for ages 55+
Take time out of your day to channel your inner artist in written and visual expression. This process-based approach to creating will allow attendees to learn techniques in drawing, painting, and mixed media while using a journal format. Your intuition will guide you as you fill the pages.
What to expect:
-Guided lessons on multiple techniques
-Open-ended work time to experiment in each session
-Access to materials of interest
-Welcoming environment conducive for artistic growth
Day/Time: Mondays, April 1-May 20, 4:45-6:15 pm
Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
Ages: Adults 55+ years
Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt
Price: $18 includes all supplies (Discounted thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies)
Register: Please register today through MCA's Online System or return this Paper Registration Form to the MCA office or the office of our partner's at the Winona Friendship Center.
Brand New class in our brand new piano lab!
Class Piano for Adults: Keyboard Musicianship Level I
Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano? Here is your chance to enjoy a low–stress introduction to the keyboard! This course is designed for students who have never taken piano lessons or have taken lessons a long time ago. The training in this class intends to create musical experiences that will enhance your keyboard playing skills and also your life. The only prerequisites are that you wish to learn and want to have fun in our brand new, state-of-the-art piano lab.
Date: Jan. 14-March 3, 8 weeks
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $152 (textbook not included)*
Instructor: L. Mechell
* Textbook for Keyboard Musicianship Level I,II, and III is purchased by participant and used for all three levels: Keyboard Fundamentals for Adult Beginners," Seventh edition by James Lyke, Denise Edwards, Geoffrey Haydon, Ronald Chioldi, and Lee Evans 2017. ISBN: 978-1-60904-503-6, published by Stripes Publishing Company.
New fun ballet & creative movement hybrid class for ages 4-6
NEW! Dance Adventures
Do you have a little one who loves to twist and spin and dance around the room? If so, they will love this sampler class, which is a blend of creative movement, ballet technique and games. Students will love expressing themselves through movement, gaining knowledge of different dance forms ,and benefiting from moving in space with others.
Day/Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 11- March 7 (No class Feb. 8)
Time: 9-9:30 a.m.
Age: 4-6 years (by Jan. 1)
Instructor: J. Dienger
First time beginning level contemporary class offered at MCA
NEW! Intro to Contemporary Ages 7-10
This is a beginning study of contemporary dance, an expressive dance genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, and classical ballet.
Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 8–March 11
Time: 5:15–6 p.m.
Age: 7–10, by Jan. 1
Instructor: J. Dienger
Sample this class during our Free-4-All and Open House on Jan. 4th 2020. Free to participate, but registration required.
New offering for guitar players
NEW! Guitar Ensemble
Come break new ground with this exciting new experience for guitar players! In this group setting, we will start with very simple music and build from there. Our director will make it easy and fun! A limited number of guitars are available upon request. Prerequisite: Basic guitar chord knowledge of C, G7, D7, G, Emin., D and A7
Date: Tuesdays, May 7-June 11 (6 weeks)
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages: 10-Adult (see Prerequisite info above)
Instructor: Kerry Klungtvedt
Now adults can participate in NTDD!
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.
Songwriting and Storytelling Workshop for Homeschoolers
We are the Willows Homeschool Songwriting & Storytelling Workshop
Come join the musicians of We are the Willows to discuss the creation of their album, Picture (Portrait), based on 350 letters sent between lead singer/songwriter Peter Miller's grandparents in WWII. Workshop participants will explore their own family histories and discuss creative processes, develop creative habits and practices, and explore songwriting and storytelling together.
This is a Page Series workshop geared towards ages 7-12, but families are welcome to join. Visit pagetheatre.org for more information about We are the Willows and their residency and performances in Winona, March 25-30.
Day/Time: Friday, March 29,1-2:30pm
Ages: 7-12 years, but families are welcome to join.
Where: Valéncia Arts Center (Home of MN Conservatory for the Arts) 1164 W. Howard Street, Winona (map)
Fee: Free, thanks to Page Theatre
Barre certification hosted right at MCA
Barre Above Training Hosted at MCA
Want to Become Barre Certified?
Register for our upcoming Barre Above training at Valencia Arts Center with Master Trainer Lauren George!
This is a one day training, with no additional renewal fees!
Barre Above blends the latest exercise science with the principles of the Lotte Burke method (the genesis of the Barre movement) delivering a fusion of ballet, Pilates, yoga, strength training and more in each workout. Our new, enhanced Barre Above program now includes 12 CECs
With This Barre Above Program, You’ll Receive:
•A complete turnkey program to quickly start teaching your own Barre classes
•Flexible class formats that can be taught with or without a bar
•Custom, Pre-set and Fusion choreography for designing popular classes with your personality
•Online Musicality Method™ training module
•No ongoing licensing fees
•Approved for CEC's by ACE, AFAA, NASM, SCW and PMA
•Simply attend a one day training session and start teaching the next day
Day: August, 17, 2019
Register at https://store.barreabove.com/product/765
Learn more at barreabove.com