Classes and Programs / Dance

Early Childhood Dance Programs

Dance Classes for children

ages 18 months – 6 years

Due to COVID- 19 our earlychildhood offerings are very limited, but we hope that soon we will be back to offering, Boys in Motion (ages 4-6), Creative Movement (ages 3-5), Pre-Ballet for 4 and 5 Year-olds, Beginning Ballet (6 years), Irish (Beginning at 5 years), Tap Dance (beginning at 5) and Hip Hop Dance (beginning at 6). 

My Grown up & Me

Children ages 18 months to 3 years are invited to explore a new environment and connect with a special grown-up in their life. This class will stimulate coordination, balance and listening skills and will be filled with smiles to last a lifetime. Grown-up participation, along with their child, is essential for student success.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Aug. 29-Nov. 7 (No Class Oct. 31)

Time: 5:45-6:15pm

Ages: 18 mo.–3 years

Fee: $72

Instructor: Jess Dienger

Creative Movement 3-5 years

Children ages 3 to 5 will creatively explore the world of movement while gaining dance foundations, such as balance and coordination, while fostering independence. Students must be potty-trained to enroll.

Day/Dates:   Thursdays, Sept. 1-Nov. 10

Time: 5:00-5:30 pm

Age: 3-5

Fee: $100

Instructor: Jenn Baechle

Dance Adventures

Children ages 4 to 6 will engage in this high-energy class blending creative movement, ballet technique and games. Students will discover self-expression, explore basic dance concepts, and recognize body directions. Students must be potty-trained to enroll.


Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Aug. 30-Nov.8 (No Class Aug. 30)

Time: 5:45-6:15pm

Age: 4-6 years

Fee: $90

Instructor: TBD

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Pre-Ballet for 4 year-olds

A playful and captivating introduction to classical ballet. Students will engage in movement-based games and exercises through this lively and creative class.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Aug. 31-Nov. 9

Time: 4:30-5:00pm

Age: 4

Fee: $100

Instructor:  Elizabeth Hinz

Pre-Ballet for 5 year-olds

An imaginative, technique-based introduction to classical ballet. Students will explore musicality, individual artistic expression and learn the basics of ballet classroom structure.

Day/Dates:  Wednesdays, Aug. 31-Nov. 9

Time: 5:00-5:45pm

Age: 5

Fee: $110

Instructor: Elizabeth Hinz

Beginning Ballet

An introduction to classical ballet technique for 6-year-olds. Students will build coordination, strength and body awareness through a range of creative techniques.

Day/Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 1-Nov. 10 (No Class on Sept. 15 & Oct. 6)

Time: 4:30-5:30pm

Age: 6

Fee: $96

Instructor:  Rachael Ryan

New to Ballet? We know that finding dancewear can be hard in our area, but please don't worry. Thanks to donations we are happy to offer families gentled used dancewear to families in need. Please contact our office to inquire at:


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

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


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Monday - Thursday- 9:00am-8:00pm

Saturday - Open by appointment & for performances or special events

Friday and Sunday- Closed


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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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