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.
Have you been waiting for just the right time to check out one of our classes? The wait is now over, MCA is having a Free-4-All… a day of free classes on Jan. 4, 2020, for the whole family! This event will feature classes for both youth and adults — so bring some friends and try a class or two. All classes are free. Space is limited so preregistration is recommended online, by phone or in person. This year you can try out new classes including our youth contemporary dance class and Balletone, our new adult fitness class!
MCA Holiday Tap Jam to Warm-up Winona Calling all tappers! Tap students ages 5 and older are invited to participate in this fun-filled Holiday Tap Jam on Tuesday, Dec. 10th. The workshop will include technique warm-ups, choreography, and improvisation — all to some favorite holiday tunes! New this year instead of collecting a fee, we are collecting donations of warm clothing or food to warm bellies will be collected to be donated locally.
Each session we try to offer a few new programs, this winter will be no exception. Below is a little sneak peek at our new programs. Online registration will open Nov. 1st, 2019. Don’t forget to register to participate in our 5th Annual Free-4-All on Jan. 4th to try new classes and old favorites out for free!
Since 1969, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. Every March since 2016 the walls of Galleria Valéncia have been adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the Minnesota State PTA Reflections program. For the second consecutive year MCA is now a registered Northstar Minnesota PTA unit in good standing and any area youth in Preschool-Twelfth Grade is able to submit a work into the Reflections program now- Jan. 15, 2020 through MCA. The program is open to any area youth that has been an MCA student within the past year, as long as the student’s school does not have a PTA unit regardless if they attend a public, private, charter school or are home educated.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites the community to a unique exhibit featuring the work of printmaking artists ages of all levels who participated in a recent workshop for ages 55+ alongside teens from Riverway Learning Community. On Tuesday, November 19, 4:30-6 pm the community is invited to an open house, where they can meet and greet the artists and walk though Galleria Valencia inside Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona) to view completed projects created during the generational printmaking class.
Come and experience MCA’s emerging Dance Repertory Company II (DRC II) members in this dance showcase. The performances will feature dancers aged 5-13 years performing, tap, ballet, hip hop, modern and musical theatre to favorite animal themed songs. Performances are December 7th at 6:00 pm & December 8th at 3:00 pm in the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center located at 1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN.
The Valéncia Chorale is a mixed community choir comprised of singers from the Winona area. Under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, the Valéncia Chorale explores music of a wide range of periods and genres. The very first concert will be in the beautiful Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels (1155 W. Wabasha, Winona, MN) on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7 pm.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) jazz combos are busy rehearsing for two upcoming community concerts that are free and open to the public.
MCA is home to three jazz combos: the Duke, Dizzy, and Basie Combos. These combos are comprised of students ages 11-17 from the Winona area. The public is invited to hear these talented young musicians on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Academy Theatre in MN Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center and on Sunday, November, 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill, 1429 W. Service Dr.
On Thursday Oct. 3, 4:30-6pm the community is invited to a celebration and opening of the Sadie Doering exhibit in Galleria Valencia inside MN Conservatory for the Arts’ home, The Valencia Arts Center. During the celebration, the community will have the opportunity to meet the artist, walk through the exhibit and enjoy treats. Visitors will love exhibit which explores the beauty of dance with charcoal, photography, and paint.