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Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold open auditions in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota for our 18th 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 5-25, 2020 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.

There is no or fee to audition, but pre-registration is requested. Dancers should plan to arrive around 30 minutes prior to auditions to get signed in, get your number, warmed up and focused. The audition will be lead by MCA’s Director of Dance, Tammy Schmidt and be run like a full ballet class. Students with pointe experience should bring pointe shoes to the audition class. Following the ballet class, students have the option to show a prepared jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, contemporary, tap or musical theatre dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars.

For the third year, students who will be entering university in Fall of 2020 will be able to simultaneously or solely audition for MCA’s Summer Dance Intensive and the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN) Theatre and Dance Department, Dance Scholarship. The dance scholarships are renewable scholarships that range from $1,000 to $2,000 a year. Dancers wishing to apply for this scholarship should also provide a dance resume with their application. For more information about the SMUMN Theatre & Dance Department click here. There is no fee to be considered and video auditions are accepted

MCA’s 2020 Summer Dance Intensive Audition Tour

La Crosse, WI– Jan.25, 2020, 9:30am-11:30am at La Crosse Dance Centre, 2716 Commerce St., La Crosse, WI 54603

Cedar Rapids, IA– Feb. 8, 2020, 10am-Noon at Pointe School of Dance, 225 Northland Court NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Winona, MN– TBD*  at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 1164 W. 10th St., Winona, MN 5598

Video Auditions– Accepted through April 24,2020. Visit our SDI Audition Q & A for submission details. 

*Our March 28 audition is cancelled due health public health concerns with COVID-19, our intention is to reschedule. Video audition submissions will now be accepted through April 24. Please register for auditions and we will make sure to notify you of the new Winona audition date as soon as we have it.

*Please note that any student who has previously participated in MCA’s SDI is invited back at 25% discounted rate off tuition and is not required to attend auditions unless they want to be considered for a talent based scholarship. For those that are unable to attend a live audition, videos auditions are welcome, visit our SDI Audition Q & A for details.

Please contact MCA if you have any questions at: 507-453-5500 or mca@smumn.edu.

MCA Summer Dance Intensive Testimonials

I would highly recommend the MCA intensive program to any dedicated dance student. The program is an exceptional value, and the quality of training in multiple disciplines is superb. Individualized attention was provided in a highly professional dance training environment. The accommodations are lovely, and the location in Winona provides a safe, yet stimulating arts environment for students. 

Elizabeth Drew

Parent of Participant, Milwaukee, WI

The Professional training and small class sizes make this summer intensive program phenomenal!


16 Year-old Dancer, Winona, MN

This Intensive was super fun. My favorite classes were ballet, pointe, hip hop and Haitian dance. I also like the Voice and Movement Class with Ryan Cappleman, it was fun to get out of my comfort zone.

13 Year-old Dancer

I was very impressed with the facility, MCA faculty, and guest artists. I think the boarding option was fantastic! My child was in a comfortable and peaceful environment. I felt she was very safe. My daughter worked harder than she ever has and her knowledge along with her passion grew every day. A true blessing to watch.

Parent of SDI Participant