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Adult Dance/Fitness Classes

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Join our community of movers and let MCA help you reach your fitness goals while having fun at the same time. We offer dance classes geared towards beginning (or re-starting) and intermediate adult students. Additionally, move advanced students are welcome to integrate into our graded technique level classes of any genre call our office at 507-453-5500 for more information. A variety of our intermediate and advanced level dance classes may also be taken for credit through Saint Mary’s University, University and PSEO Students click here.

NEW- Fitness Punch Cards- Can’t choose which class to try or want to sneak in workouts between travels? Purchase a 5 punch card for $55 or 10 punch card for $100. Good year long for Hip Hop Cardio, Barre, Yoga, Adult Tap and Open Ballet. Due to Covid we are not selling new punch cards at this time, however we are happy to honor previously purchased cards, just contact mca@smumn.edu 

Parents of any MCA students- Don’t forget to take advantage of our Adult Dance & Wellness Discount. When you have a child enrolled in a class during a session you can enroll in our adult programs for only $20 per class, per session. (Discount can not be used to purchase a punch card)

Barre

Are you ready for a new challenge?  Make the time in your schedule for this high-energy, low-impact workout taught by a certified instructor. A unique combination of strength work and cardio intervals that will reshape your muscles while elevating your heart rate. You will leave stronger in both body and mind.  Whether you have a limited or extensive background in dance, you will love this fast-moving, fun style of exercise. Attend twice a week for optimal results! 

Students will just need a little space, a chair or railing to use as a ballet barre, and a device enabled with Wi-Fi. We will be using Zoom and will enable cameras so if students wish to be able to interact with the instructor and other students, otherwise students can choose to not share their image. We recommend students wear fitness apparel, participate barre foot and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Day/ Time: Thursdays- Barre- 7-8 PM

Dates: 

Fall 2: Oct.5-Nov. 20 

Winter 1: Jan. 26- March 2 ( 6weeks)

Winter 2: March 9- April 20 (7 weeks)

Instructors: J. Dienger

Fees: 

Winter 1: $48 per class (6 weeks, 6 hours)

Winter 2: $56 per class (7 weeks, 6 hours)

Location: Online via Zoom

 

Stretch & Relax

Melt your stress away during this deep stretch and relaxation class. This class uses gentle fitness and yoga techniques to release tension, relieve muscle soreness, rejuvenate joints and improve overall mind/body health, wellness and awareness. The final portion of class includes relaxation instruction to help you head peacefully into the weekend. No experience necessary.

Day: Fridays (see session dates below)
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Ages: 14+ years
Instructor: Ryan Avin Honecker-Serman
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: See session and package prices below

Adult Fitness/ Conditioning

Tuesdays- Cardio Barre- 7-8 PM

Thursdays- Barre- 7-8 PM

Fridays- Stretch & Relax- 4-5 PM

Dates: Fall 1: Aug. 25-Oct. 2

Fall 2: Oct.5-Nov. 20 

Instructors: Jess Dienger & Avin Honecker-Sherman

Fees: Only Online: Fall 1: $48 per class (6 weeks, 6 hours)

        Fall 2: $56 per class (7 weeks, 6 hours)

Fall 1 Adult Pass: $96 (6 weeks, 3 classes per week, 18 hours)

Fall 2 Adult Pass: $112 (7 weeks, 3 classes per week, 112 hours)

All Access Fall Adult Fitness Pass: $189 + free pair of barre socks! (13 weeks, 55.25 hours, both Fall 1 & Fall 2 classes of Cardio Barre, Barre Fitness, Stretch & Relax and Open Ballet) 

Cardio Barre

Please join us from your living room (kitchen or bedroom) for a barre class with added emphasis on cardio to help you build up and maintain cardiovascular health and stamina. All you need is a little space with a chair to serve as your barre, a bit of floor space, and 2 lb. hand weights (or even two can's of soup). This class is taught by a certified instructor. A unique combination of strength work and cardio intervals that will reshape your muscles while elevating your heart rate. You will leave stronger in both body and mind. Whether you have a limited or extensive background in dance, you will love this fast moving, fun style of exercise. Ages 14+.

Students will just need a little space, a chair or railing to use as a ballet barre, and a device enabled with Wi-Fi. We will be using Zoom and will enable cameras so if students wish to be able to interact with the instructor and other students, otherwise students can choose to not share their image. We recommend students wear fitness apparel, participate barre foot and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Adult Fitness/ Conditioning

Tuesdays- Cardio Barre- 7-8 PM

Thursdays- Barre- 7-8 PM

Fridays- Stretch & Relax- 4-5 PM

Dates: Fall 1: Aug. 25-Oct. 2

Fall 2: Oct.5-Nov. 20 

Instructors: Jess Dienger & Avin Honecker-Sherman

Fees: Only Online: Fall 1: $48 per class (6 weeks, 6 hours)

        Fall 2: $56 per class (7 weeks, 6 hours)

Fall 1 Adult Pass: $96 (6 weeks, 3 classes per week, 18 hours)

Fall 2 Adult Pass: $112 (7 weeks, 3 classes per week, 112 hours)

All Access Fall Adult Fitness Pass: $189 + free pair of barre socks! (13 weeks, 55.25 hours, both Fall 1 & Fall 2 classes of Cardio Barre, Barre Fitness, Stretch & Relax and Open Ballet)

Adult Tap @ the Levee

Check fresh air and exercise off your list at the same time. Join us at Levee Park for this fun, rhythm-filled class. No experience necessary. An introduction to tap dance. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Join us for a toe-tappin’, foot stompin’ good time! For the safety of all participants these classes will follow strict guidelines such as limited numbers of students, social distancing, and masks worn by all before, during, and after class.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 1- Oct. 13 (built in weather make-up Oct. 20)

Time:  5:30-6:30 p.m.

Age: 14 and older

Location: Levee Park, Downtown Winona (58 Center St, Winona, MN 55987)

Fee: $59 (7 weeks, 7 hours)

Instructor: Carter Full

Limited number of tap boards available to use for a deposit. Locally produced tap boards available for purchase through MCA. Tap shoes available in most sizes available through our tap shoe lending program. Please contact MCA by Aug. 24 for assistance with shoes or tap boards.

Special thanks to WINONArts for helping to make Tapping Tuesdays possible!

Open Ballet

Experience the artistry of ballet while gaining flexibility, placement, strength, and fluidity in this ballet technique and conditioning class. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary. 

Students will just need a little space, a chair or railing to use as a ballet barre, and a device enabled with Wi-Fi. We will be using Zoom and will enable cameras so if students wish to be able to interact with the instructor and other students, otherwise students can choose to not share their image. We recommend students wear dance apparel and shoes if they have them and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Day/Dates:  TBD

Age: Ages 14 & up

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman

 

*Parents who have a child/children enrolled at MCA may enjoy any of our Adult Dance/Wellness classes (any listed on this page) at a reduced fee of $20 per class session. This is limited to one class per parent during each semester a child is enrolled. University students may take any dance class at MCA at 50% of the regular fee.  (Parent & University Student Discounts can not be applied to purchase punch cards.)

About MCA's Dance Program

MCA is an affiliate program of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Department of Theatre and Dance. Students at the university, or those taking a post-secondary education option (PSEO) for high school, can get university credit towards their major, minor or PE credit, when they take an upper level MCA dance class. Our younger dancers also get the opportunity to perform in main-stage university productions, due to this connection, such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, etc.

The Conservatory's Dance Repertory Company puts on a biannual Nutcracker, as well as a full-length performance every April. This production is either a full-length story ballet, or contemporary dance concert choreographed by a variety of professional choreographers from across the region. For the winters in years that there is not a Nutcracker, MCA produces a dance showcase in our black box theatre for the younger dancers, as well as pieces choreographed by students that have taken the Choreography class at the Conservatory. When possible dance classes also perform at local establishments and events. MCA's dance program does not participate in competitions, nor does it do recitals.

MCA's dance division offers students exciting technique classes and performance opportunities in a nurturing and rigorous but non-competitive environment with qualified instructors. MCA successfully prepares students for future arts-related professional and educational pursuits.

Students and alumni have studied at or performed with:

  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Ananya Dance Theatre
  • Ballet Austin
  • Ballet Chicago
  • Broadway
  • Butler University
  • Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project
  • Colorado Ballet
  • Columbia College
  • Continental Ballet
  • Eastman School of Music – Rochester University
  • Joffery Ballet
  • Juilliard
  • Limon Dance Company
  • Milwaukee Ballet School
  • Minnesota Ballet School
  • Minnesota Dance Theatre’s The Dance Institute
  • Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
  • Saint Olaf College
  • St. Paul City Ballet
  • Texas Christian University
  • The Laban Institute
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Missouri Kansas City
  • University of Oklahoma
  • and Wichita State University among others.

Whether you or your child dreams of dancing professionally or just want to reek the benefits of a fun, enriching, quality dance education MCA has a program for you!

To ensure the continuous education of both our instructors and students MCA is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Schools and National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). As a member of NDEO MCA is also sponsors Junior (6th-8th grade), Secondary (High School), and Collegiate National Honors Society for Dance Arts Chapters to help recognize dancers accomplishments and commitments and further the field of dance education.

Dance Program Dress Code
Dance Division Dress Code

MCA students are asked to follow the below dress code. Adhering to this policy promotes safety and injury prevention, allows instructors to view the student's bodylines and placement to make corrections, and provides a sense of tradition, discipline and respect. Please note: no jeans may be worn for any classes. Basic dance shoes and attire may fitted and ordered through MCA's Dance Boutique. Other items may be ordered online or may be found at Blades to Ballet in Rochester. If the cost of dance attire makes participation in MCA programs difficult please contact our office at 507-453-5500, we would love to see if we are able to help provide gently used donations.

Ballet:

Female attire – pink tights, pink ballet slippers and a black leotard. Hair is to be pulled tightly off the face and neck in a bun. Pre-Ballet for 4 & 5 Year-olds and Beginning Ballet Students are also invited to wear pink leotards and simple ballet skirts (please non-tutu’s).

Male attire – white T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts and black or white ballet slippers. Compression shorts and dance belts are required for teen and adult male dancers, respectively.

Modern: Female attire – Any color leotard. Leggings, footless tights and or biker shorts may be worn. Hair is to be pulled off the face and neck. No shoes needed, this class is taken in barefeet.

Male attire – Any color plain (no logos or design) T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts and black or white ballet slippers. Compression shorts and dance belts are required for teen and adult male dancers, respectively.

Creative Movement & Boys in Motion: Movable clothing (not too baggy as to hinder the instructor’s view of the student’s body lines), bare feet, hair pulled off the face and neck.

Tap: Movable clothing and oxford style tap shoes. Hair is to be pulled off the face and neck.

Jazz: Any color leotard and moveable exercise/dance bottoms (not too baggy as to hinder the instructor’s view of the students’ body lines), jazz shoes, jazz sneakers or ballet slippers. No bare feet or socks. Hair is to be securely pulled off the face and neck.

Dance Technique for Boys: White T-shirt, black leggings, tights, or shorts, and black or white jazz shoes or ballet slippers.

Irish: Movable clothing (not too baggy as to hinder the instructor’s view of the student’s body lines), shorts or leggings are preferred, and Irish soft shoe Ghillies. Black ballet slippers are acceptable for beginners. Irish hard shoes also required for dancers in Irish III & up.

Hip Hop, Adult & Other Specialty Classes: Movable clothing as desired. Hip Hop students wear clean tennis shoes or jazz sneakers. Oxford style tap shoes required for Clogging and Teen/Adult Tap students. Ballet slippers or jazz shoes for Teen/Adult Ballet. Barre  Students can be barefoot.

Click Here to learn more about observation/ demonstration days, discounts, cancellation policy and more for dance classes.

Accreditation

PSEO Students in their junior and senior years of high school who participate in the Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO) may also take selected MCA classes for Saint Mary’s University credit offered through the Saint Mary’s dance minor. For more details, contact your high school or counselor.

Saint Mary's University Students have the option of taking upper level dance classes at MCA that are not offered on the SMU campus and performing with MCA's pre-professional dance company, The Dance Repertory Company (DRC) for credit. SMU students do not have to be a Dance Minor or even in the Theatre & Dance Department to participate in MCA dance classes or DRC. Please contact Tammy Schmidt, MCA Director of Dance and SMU Dance Department at: tschmidt@smumn.edu or 507-453-5502 for more info.

Cotter High School students who also participate in MCA dance classes and performances are able to track participation hours (MCA will validate) and turn them in to count towards Physical Education graduation requirements.

Other Memberships & Opportunities: To ensure the continuous education of both our instructors and students MCA is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Schools, River Arts Alliance, National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). As a member of NDEO MCA is also sponsors Junior (6th-8th grade), Secondary (High School), and Collegiate National Honors Society for Dance Arts Chapters to help recognize dancers accomplishments and commitments and further the field of dance education.

MCA Cre-active December Challenge- Week 1

MCA Cre-active December Challenge- Week 1

This December is looking different for most of us due to COVID-19, so we wanted to find a way to inspire you and your family to have a Cre-active December (yes we made up a word that combines Creative & Active). We have chosen four weekly themes: Explore, Create, Move, & Connect. Each week we will challenge you to interact with the arts in a new way, we will provide ideas, and anyone who submits a photo either themselves participating in the challenge or a sample artwork by the deadline will be entered into the weekly prize drawing. 

Winter Creative Aging Programs

Winter Creative Aging Programs

As we enter month 9 of this pandemic and also the winter season, meaningful opportunities for engagement between older adults is more important than ever. Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is working hard to meet that need. Adults ages 55+ are invited to join for two COVID-safe class opportunities this winter season. 

Stay Strong Virtual Dance Session

Stay Strong Virtual Dance Session

As the weather turns colder and we are looking for different ways to stay active this winter, we are here to offer COVID safe ways to help keep dancers conditioned and learning. Below is a list of our virtual Stay Strong dance session classes which include weekly live small group classes via Zoom in a variety of dance styles as well as access to a few previously recorded classes to engage in during weeks off. Looking for something more self-paced but still presented by your beloved MCA team? Check out our Tap Jam and Nutcracker Adventure Kit.

LOCATION & CONTACT

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507

E-Mail: mca@smumn.edu

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are by appointment only.

 

 

 

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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