Classes & Programs / DanceAdult Dance/Fitness Classes
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.
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)
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!
Winter (C): Tuesdays, March 3–Apr. 28, $72 (no class April 14)
Winter (D): Wednesdays, March 4–Apr. 29, $72 (no class April 15)
Spring (B):Thursdays, May 14- June 11, $45 (5 weeks)
Summer (A): Tuesdays, July 7-Aug.11, $72 (8 weeks)
Summer (B): Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 13, $72 (8 weeks)
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: J. Dienger, M. Peterson, and A. Kline
MCA Punch Card Accepted for all Barre Classes
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.
Winter (B): Mondays, March 2–Apr. 27, $96 (No class Apr. 13)
Spring (A): Mondays, May 11–June 8,, $36 (No class May 25)
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman
MCA Punch Card Accepted
NEW! Adult Modern
Drawing on various expressions and somatic techniques this class will focus on body alignment and awareness, full body expression and overall strengthening to establish a strong mind-body connection. Classwork will start with warm-up exercises in center and move into joyful and dynamic phrases across the floor as well as include structured improvisation.
Day/Dates: Tuesdays, May 12-June 9
Time: 7- 8 p.m.
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: R. Racki
Back by popular demand, Christine Martin will lead adults through 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! (Tap shoes in some sizes are available for loan)
Day/Dates: Wednesdays, April 1-May 27
Age: 14 and older
Instructor: J. Baechle
*Punch card eligible, but regular attendance or past tap experience is recommend.
Start your week off right with Yoga! Get ready to improve your flexibility and build strength as you move through yoga postures and relaxation exercises.
Fall (A): Mondays, Aug. 26-Oct.14 (no class Sept. 2), 7:00-8:00 pm, $63 (7 classes)
Fall (B): Mondays, Oct.21- Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25), 7:00-8:00 pm, $72 (8 classes)
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: Avin Honecker-Sherman
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 all year long for Adult Modern, Barre, Yoga, Adult Tap, and Open Ballet.
*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
- Butler University
- Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
- Colorado Ballet
- Columbia College
- Continental Ballet
- Eastman School of Music – Rochester University
- Joffery Ballet
- 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.
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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The doors to our brick and mortar home, the Valencia Arts Center may be closed, however our dedicated staff and faculty are working hard to bring the arts, routine, and community right into your living room (or fill in the blank space in your dwelling). We hope that until we can meet again in-person that you will join us online.
We are so excited that The Driftless Dance Festival will be happening in Winona, March 27-29, 2020. This new Festival is presented by the Page Series. As a partner Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so excited to be providing workshop space inside the Valencia Arts Center and to have a dancers performing in the local dance showcase on Sunday. Three of our instructors will be leading workshops: Raina Racki will be leading Hula, Alanna Pelowski will be teaching basic Irish, and Tammy Schmidt will be leading a 2 hour intermediate/advanced Ballet Class that also doubles as an audition for the 2020 Summer Dance Intensive and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Dance Scholarship. Additionally, MCA alumni will be involved; Renée Copeland will be teaching Yorchha and Jarod Boltjes will be performing with James Sewell Ballet.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is thrilled to announce our 47th annual spring Dance Repertory Company (DRC), Change in Color. Change in Color will be presented on April 18th, at 7:30pm and 3pm on April 19th inside the Page Theatre in the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center. This will be an evening of classical and contemporary dance, suitable and engaging for all ages.