Do you have a child who ready to dance their day away or step into the spotlight? If the answer is yes, don’t look any further than MCA’s summer camp offerings with 5 unique camps, private music lessons, virtual doodle club, and a theatre production we have something for every kid aged 6 and up. Check out the camps below and then register to ensure you snag one of the remaining spots before they are gone. Participants will gain arts and life skills, build lasting friendships and have fun in an inclusive and COVID safe environment.


Come join us on a journey to South America where you will make new friends as you dance, create visual arts and learn some music from this area of the world during this artistic and imaginative adventure. Families are invited to an open house at 11:15am on the last day of camp. Early bird fee $85, $95 after May 1. Please send a water bottle and snack each day. Cost includes camp t-shirt.

Day/Dates: Monday-Friday, August 7-11

Time: 9:30-11:30am

Ages: 4-6 yrs old


Fee: $85 (Early bird), $95 (After June 1)

2023 Summer Dance Intensive

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that we will be offering our 20th annual Summer Dance Intensive. The 2023 Intensive will be in-person while following MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct. Room and board is available again this year. We are so excited to still be able to offer a wonderful well-rounded and personal experience for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 11-22. The intensive will run July 9-29, 2023. Registration due by May 1, 2023.

Dancers interested in attending the MCA Summer Dance Intensive are invited to attend one of our 3 audition locations at La Crosse Dance Centre, La Crosse, WI on January 22, The Pointe School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance in Des Moines, IA, March 4 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. or a our facility MCA, Winona, MN on March 25, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or send in a video submission.

Day/ Dates: July 9-29
Ages: 11-22 years
Location: In-person at Valencia Arts Center (MN Conservatory for the Arts)
Fee: $1500 Tuition fee which includes over 100 hours of instruction
Room & Board: $1590 which includes meals, lodging, transportation and chaperones.

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 Sunday, along with a potluck. Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it's TAP CAMP time! 

Dates: TBA for 2023


Tap for Kids and Tap I:  (ages 6+, no experience- two years experience)

Tap II-V:  (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: 

Tap II-V: 

Dancers should bring water bottle. Snack will be provided.

**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

Winona Arts Camp 2024

Join MCA as we welcome back this amazingly fun integrated arts summer camp for its 7th year. Students will get to choose their classes this time. We are offering visual and performing arts as we have in the past. They will explore and have the opportunity to be immersed in four subjects a day. From a guitar class and piano class, to dance and visual arts to name a few, there are plenty of options to satisfy the artist in everyone.  Families are invited to attend a demonstration at 3 pm on Friday afternoon. We will share a google form soon for class options to choose from.

Dates: Monday-Friday, August 14-18

Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

Age: 1st - 8th grade 

Price: $199 (Early Bird Special), $219 (after June 1), Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

Class choices for 2024 include: Announcement soon!

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, winter and summer 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 at 507-453-5500 for more information or by filling out a registration form indicating an instrument of interest. Virtual and in-person lessons are available.

  • 4, 30 minute lessons- $80
  • 8, 30 minute lessons- $160
  • 12, 30 minute lessons- $240

45 minute and 1 hour lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.

Lesson dates and times: Arranged between MCA instructor and student/family.

Instructor and instrument

Doodle Club

Each week students will have a chance to unwind from their day as they explore using shapes, lines and patterns to create new doodle designs. Come create and even relax the mind with us.

Students will just need a device enabled with Wi-Fi, white 8 1/2 x 11 typing paper, pencil, eraser and fine line felt tip black pen. Additionally, colored pencils or markers can be used to enhance creations, but are not required.

Day/ Dates: Wednesdays, ongoing
Time: 7:30-8pm
Ages: 13 +years
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: Free (please read supply list above)