This last year has been challenging for everyone, but especially for tweens and teens who are wired for new experiences and connection. Additionally, COVID-19 has meant more screen time and less time moving for many. MCA is excited to offer new classes and opportunities to help teens and tweens connect with others, get moving and learn new skills this spring and summer. The following list of programs are designed to invite those with no experience to join us in-person to try something new in a COVID safe way. These age based classes are also perfect for those who have taken a year or more off of dance or theatre who want to ease back in. If you are unsure if these classes or a level based class would be a better fit for you, please contact our offer at mca@smumn.edu and we will help find the right place for you.

Contemporary Dance (ages 11+)

Come and study the world of contemporary dance, an expressive dance genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, and classical ballet. In addition to exploring dance technique, dancers will also focus on initiation of movement and emotional intent behind each combination. No dance experience necessary.

Students joining in-person will need to familiarize themselves with MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, May 18-June 15

Time: 6-7 p.m.

Age: 11+

Fee: $50

Instructor: Courtney Harms

Teens Tappin'

Calling all teens, this is your chance to give tap dancing a try. You will love this friendly, non-competitive, invigorating way to get moving. So lace up those tap shoes and get ready to make some noise.

Students joining in-person will need to familiarize themselves with MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/Dates: Mondays, May 17- June 21 (no class 5/31 or 6/14)

Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Age: 12-18

Instructor: Becca Braun

Price: $90 (12 classes)

*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 contact our office at mca@smumn.edu.

The following classes are not limited to tweens or teens, but are open to beginners are all ages.

Tap Camp

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. An informal demonstration for family and friends will be held on Friday. Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it's TAP CAMP time! Campers (and friends and family on the last day) will be required to follow MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Dates: August 9-13, 2021  M-F

Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: 10-Noon p.m. (ages 6+, no experience- two years experience)

Tap II-V: 9-12 p.m. (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: $85 (Early Bird Special), $99 (after May 1)

Tap II-V: $135 (Early Bird Special) $149 (after May 1) 

*Dancers should bring a water bottle and snack each day.

**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 contact our office at mca@smumn.edu.

Ballet I/II A

Dancers will love this introduction to classical ballet basics, including the introduction of barre work. Dancers will gain poise, flexibility and strength as they build a strong dance foundation. Students joining in-person will need to familiarize themselves with MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, May 20-June 17

Time: 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Age: 7+ (by May 1)

Price: $50

Location: Inside Valencia Arts Center (Virtual option available upon request)

Instructor: R. Ryan

New to Ballet? We know that finding dancewear can be hard in our area, but please don't worry. Thanks to donations we are happy to offer families gentled used dancewear to families in need. Please contact our office to inquire at: mca@smumn.edu.

The Thirty-Three Little Pigs

Ham it up in this fantastic new twist on an old tale! Squeal with delight as the 33 pigs in the meadow continuously outsmart the hungry wolf, much in the style of Roadrunner and Coyote or Tom and Jerry. From Straw, Stick, and Brick pigs to Pirate, Chef, and Ninja pigs (plus 27 endearing others!), they each have their chance to misdirect, heckle, and hound the bumbling Big Bad Wolf, who only finds himself further and further from getting his fill of little piggies! Full of classic, pop-culture, and world-inspired piggie characters and references, actors and audiences alike will go hog-wild for this show!
 
 
Auditions: June 28, 2021 6:30-8:30pm, Sign up here for a 20-minute audition time slot.
Mandatory Cast & Parent Meeting: June 30, 2021, 7pm
Participation Fee: $35
Rehearsals: TBD based on role, July 6-29, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm Monday-Friday, with possible weekends
Performances: July 30-31, 2021 (outside in green space between MCA's Valencia Arts Center & Alverna Center), $5 per ticket