We are excited to announce that in addition to weekly classes during the month of July we have three unique week long creative arts camps and three dance camps to help keep kids active, creative and connected.

All three of creative art camps feature instruction in two or more creative areas including music, theatre, dance, and visual art and come with an at-home pack with art supplies, handouts and or props to hopefully keep kids entertained even beyond the virtual meetings.The virtual dance camps for beginning to pre-professional level dancers ages 6+ are designed to help build well-rounded dancers, meeting each student at their level.

On a recent survey parents stated the they were looking for programs that not only teach arts and foster creativity but they also reinforce literacy and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art & Math), so with that in mind we hope you and your kids will be excited about our creative arts offerings which each will explore the arts but also explore the natural and cultural world around us.

We will miss hearing the voices of kids in our halls and creative spaces this summer, but we are committed to offering unique and quality programming that can be done safely from the comfort of your own home at least through July 31. Please take comfort that we are continually reassessing the situation and recommendations from our affiliate program Saint Mary’s University of MN and public health officials to find out the earliest but safest time we can return to regular programming. Util then we hope that you will continue to join us and the vibrant community we have fostered online. Below are the details about our June camps. You may also want to explore our other online programs by clicking here. Thanks to all you have taken and continue to journey with us in these challenging times.

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Tap Camp 

(This information is from Summer 2020, please check back soon for 2021 information)

Join us for an exciting week of rhythm! Each day campers will receive a pre-recorded tap lesson including a warm-up, technique lesson, & combinations. Students will then have the opportunity to meet up virtually over Zoom with instructors/classmates each evening to clarify material, learn a bit of history, or concepts to round out their tap education. TAP CAMP will hold new challenges for intermediate and advanced tappers. A free bonus in-person gathering for campers will take place on Friday, Aug. 14, 9:00-10:00 am outside of MCA’s Valencia Arts Center. This gathering will be weather permitting and will follow strict guidelines such as limited numbers of students (no parents allowed), social distancing, and masks worn by all to protect both faculty and students. Parents are welcome to park on Vila St or the Cotter Rec Center parking lot to watch from a car. Students will need to bring along a water bottle labeled with their name & a tap board, or arrange to utilize one of limited tap boards from MCA. Tappers will dance the combinations & choreography they learned throughout the week & of course…. Shim Sham together*!!!

Dates: 2021 information TBA

Time and ages/levels:Tap II:  45 min.- One hour of pre-recorded content daily by 10am and Zoom meetings Monday- Thursday 6-6:30pm, and optional bonus in-person class Friday, Aug. 14, 9-10am (intermediate tap dancers, ages 10 & up and a minimum of  2+ years of experience, younger students by invitation only)

Tap III-V:  1.75-2 hours of pre-recorded content daily and Zoom meetings Monday- Thursday 5-5:45pm, and optional bonus in-person class Friday, Aug. 14, 9-10am (intermediate and advanced tap dancers ages 12 and up and 4+  years tap experience, younger students by invitation only)

Cost: 

Tap II: $49 (early bird special), $59 (after Aug. 1)

Tap III-V: $99 (early bird special), $109 (after Aug. 1). 

Instructors:  Carter Full, Nathan Graff, and Christine Martin

*Don’t want to wait to start tapping? Review (or learn) the Shim Sham with Miss. Christine and the BS Chorus with Miss. Justine.

**Need-based scholarships available, click here for more info. Please contact mca@smumn.edu if you are in need of borrowing tap shoes or have questions about placement.  If you need an affordable locally made tap board for $54 they can be ordered today through our registration system and you will be notified when it is ready for pick-up in Winona. The boards will be 2×4 ft. Oak finished wood with foam pads to give the board a sprung feel with a clear resonant sound, resembling the photos below. Must be ordered by Aug. 3rd.

Minecraft & Hip Hop Camp

(This information is from Summer 2020, please check back soon for 2021 information)

Bring your crafting off the screen and to life. During this week long adventure campers will learn cool hip hop moves and create artwork inspired by the popular video game, Minecraft. Campers do not need to have access to or experience with the game. The camp fee includes an at-home kit available for delivery or pick-up in Winona that includes props and crafts for creative play during camp and beyond. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 20-23,2020
Time: 2-3pm
Ages: 6-12 years
Instructor: Abbey Kline
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)

Young girl playing wrist bells

Arts and (e)motion Camp

(This information is from Summer 2020, please check back soon for 2021 information)

How does the color red make you feel? Does skipping make your happy? Can singing a song help calm you down? Sometimes it can be difficult to put your feelings into to words, but moving and creating art during this one week camp will help young campers express and discuss their emotions in a healthy and fun way. The camp fee includes an at-home kit available for delivery or pick-up in Winona that includes props and crafts for creative play during camp and beyond. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 27-30,2020
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 3-7 years
Instructor: Rachael Ryan
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)

Just Dance Camp

(This information is from Summer 2020, please check back soon for 2021 information)

Hey movers and shakers, this week is for you! If you have always wanted to try dance or you are missing your time in the studio, here is your chance to move. Each day campers will learn about and try out different dance style including musical theatre, hip hop, ballet, and contemporary.  No experience necessary.

Day/ Dates: M-Th, July 6-9,2020
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 6-9 years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45
 
 

Virtual Junior Training Program for Dancers

(This information is from Summer 2020, please check back soon for 2021 information)

Our popular Junior Training Program for Dancers program has been moved online and is designed to help dancers ages 10+ stay conditioned and become a more well-rounded dancer this summer through daily classes. No auditions are required but it is recommended that dancers have at least three years of ballet experience.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Friday, July 6-24, 2020
Times: See below
Ages: 10+ years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger, Rachael Ryan, Tammy Schmidt & Guest Speakers
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $98*
 

Mondays- Jul 6-20

Dance Composition- 2:30-3:45pm, Tammy Schmidt

Ballet IIB/III- 4-5:30pm, Rachael Ryan

Tuesdays- July 7-21

Contemporary I/II - 4-5:00pm, Jess Dienger

Wednesdays- July 8-22

Performance-based Practices- 4-5:15pm

Thursdays- July 9-23

 Hip Hop I/II - 4-4:45pm, Jess Dienger

Fridays- June 10-31

Careers in Dance Conversations- 4-5 pm

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2021 Summer Dance Intensive

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that we will be offering an 18th annual Summer Dance Intensive.  The 2021 Intensive will be virtual with the potential for an in-person determined by COVID circumstances. We are so excited to still be able to to offer a wonderful well-rounded and personal experience for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12-25.

Dancers interested in attending the MCA Summer Dance Intensive are invited to attend a virtual audition on Sunday, March 21, 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM or send in a video. More details including fees and schedules will be released around May 1.

Day/ Dates: July 5-30 (option to attend 2 weeks or 4 weeks)
Ages: 12-25 years
Location: Online via Zoom and in-person (as possible)