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.
Dance Me a Story
Are you ready to step on stage? Then you will love this camp. During this one week experience you will work with classmates to tell a story using ballet, creative movement, and theatre. Participants will even have the opportunity to craft their own costumes and design scenery in preparations for an informal outdoor performance on the last day of camp for friends and family. Campers (and friends and family on the last day) will be required to follow MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct.
Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, June 21-25
Location: Outside & inside Valencia Arts Center
Instructors: Rachael Ryan & Caitilin McCoy
* Campers will need to bring a mask, towel or sit-upon, water bottle, and snack daily.
The Thirty-Three Little Pigs
Junior Training Program for Dancers
Are you ready to dance your day away? Here is your chance! Each day dancers will warm up in a ballet class; build foot and ankle strength in pre-pointe; dabble in different theory classes such as dance history, composition (choreography), and theatre; and round out their dance experience with a “genre of the day” class, including jazz, modern, musical theatre, and hip hop. Each day will end with a rehearsal in preparation for a final showcase for up to two family members per dancer. Dress rehearsal and performance schedules, July 16-17 may vary from the above times, but will be communicated in advance.
No auditions are required, but it is recommended that dancers have at least three years of training.
Due to COVID the capacity is only 11 dancers. Campers (and friends and family on the last day) will be required to follow MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.
Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, July 5-17
Time: 9am-4pm, M-F, Dress rehearsal and performance schedules, July 16-17 may vary from the above times, but will be communicated in advance.
Location: Inside Valencia Arts Center
Fee: $450 (Fee includes over 60 hours of instruction. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.)
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: $99
Tap II-V: $149
*Dancers should bring a mask, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mindful Moves and Artful Journaling Camp
Kids will love this camp that infuses creative journaling, movement, yoga, and mindfulness. Campers will explore their senses as they create, listen to music, build their sensory awareness, while they enjoy the sunshine during this outdoor program. Parents will also breathe a little easier knowing that their kids are learning new tricks to regulate their emotions, build positive self-image and ways to explore with new art materials. Campers will be required to follow MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct.
Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, Aug. 2-6
Ages: 6-12 years (separated in groups)
Instructors: Megan Peterson & Brianna Haupt
Location: Outside Valencia Arts Center (moved inside if inclement weather)
* Campers will need to bring a mask, towel or yoga mat, water bottle, and snack daily.
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- $76
- 8, 30 minute lessons- $144
- 12, 30 minute lessons- $204
45 minute and 1 hour lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.
Lesson dates and times: Arranged between MCA instructor and student/family.
2021 Summer Dance Intensive
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that we will be offering our 18th annual Summer Dance Intensive. The 2021 Intensive plans to commence in-person while following MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct. Unfortunately room and board will not be available 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 12-25. The intensive will run July 5- July 17, 2021
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..
Join Miss. Lisa and other MCA community members virtually for a live and interactive art session. 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. Please make sure to enroll in this class at least 4 hours prior to class start time to ensure you get the Zoom link in time.
This class is free, however if you are find value in this program, our MCA Moments and want to help ensure MCA is able to continue to offer engaging programming during these challenging times and beyond, please consider making a donation if you are able.