Classes & Programs

Dance Repertory Company


In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of the learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities.

Students may audition for MCA’s pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA’s junior performing troupe, the Dance Repertory Company II. Biennially DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker (Dec. 2020 will be our 11th production) as well as The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party.

DRC Students and alumni have studied at or performed with: American Ballet Theatre, Anaya Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Joffery Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Radio City Music Hall, Milwaukee Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, and more.

Upcoming DRC Productions:

Dance Repertory Company Presents: ¡Paquita Paella!

The Dance Repertory Company presents an evening of inspiring and eclectic works with the re-staging of excerpts of the 1846 classical ballet, “Paquita,” the premiere of a new contemporary dance work, and the re-staging of past DRC rhythm tap, hip hop, modern dance, and jazz works — all with a Latin flair.

Performances: April 7 & 8 at 7:30pm and April 9th at 3:00pm, at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University Campus. (Masks are required for all patrons at all times while in the Page Theatre)

In-person tickets: Are $15 for adults and $7 for students/seniors (62 yrs) and will go on sale on March 7th. They will be sold at MCA’s front office during their normal office hours.

Live Streaming Performances: Live streaming will be available for each performance. Online registration from our website needs to be filled out and a live stream purchased. The cost is $15 per live stream and an email with the video link will be sent 1 hour prior to each performance.


Other Performance Opportunities

In addition to the Dance Repertory Company MCA tries to offer performance opportunities both big and small through the participation in National Tap Dance Day, Irish Festivals, Ready Set School’s Chili Cook Off, Winona Public Library events, performances at Nursing homes and more. Between Summer Camps, MCA’s Music and Theatre Divisions there are plenty of performance opportunities and chances to attend performances. Check out our Events Calendar to see what performances you can catch.

Paquita Paella Cast Announced

Paquita Paella Cast Announced

Thank you so much to everyone who came to auditions on Saturday. We are so pleased to announce the 2022 cast of Paquita Paella. If you have been cast please do not forget to initial that you accept the role on the print out in the lobby at MCA or on the call board at SMU or let us know at if for some reason you cannot commit to the role(s) you have been cast. We look forward to seeing everyone (cast member & parents of those 18 and under) on Wednesday, Jan. 26th, 57:30pm in the Academy Theatre at the mandatory meeting.

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Sam Wersch: MCA’s Collegiate Impact

Sam Wersch: MCA’s Collegiate Impact

Learn about the journey of Saint Mary’s University student Sam Wersch while he studies Musical Theatre Performance and Dance. Coming into his Junior year, Sam is preparing for multiple roles in MCA’s Dances from the Nutcracker that will be performed in December of 2021.

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Dances from the Nutcracker Auditions

Dances from the Nutcracker Auditions

We are excited to announce that we will be holding auditions on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company Theatre’s Dances from the Nutcracker, this will be a more COVID friendly and flexible version of the Nutcracker featuring your favorite characters from the Nutcracker. Dancers aged 6 and up is invited to audition. There is no fee to audition, but dancers who are cast should be enrolled in one dance class this fall session, will be required to pay a cast fee that help cover choreography instruction and costume fees, additionally families will be asked to complete volunteer duties or pay an opt out fee.

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1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

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


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Winter 2022 Hours (Jan. - Mar. 26)

Monday- Thursday- 8am-6:30pm

Friday- 8am-3pm

Closed April 15th & 18th

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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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