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Youth Dance Classes

Youth Dance Classes

Below is a list of all of our beginning and level one classes which are either age based for ages 6+ and do not require a prerequisite.

Ballet I

Beginning classical ballet basics, including the introduction of barre work.

Day/Dates: Mondays, May 11-June 8 (No class May 25)

Time: 4:45-5:45 pm

Age: 7+ (by May 1)

Price: $40

Instructor: R. Ryan

Beginning Hip Hop

Get ready to move to the beat in this fun introduction into the world of hip hop dance with music and moves just right for your age.

Day/Dates: Thursday, May 14-June 11

Time: 5:45–6:30 p.m.

Ages: 6–9 years

Cost: $45

Instructor: A. Kline


Hip Hop I

This is an introduction to movement influenced by hip hop music from across the globe including breaking, popping, locking, and standard hip hop tricks and jumps.

Day/Dates: Thursday, May 14-June 11

Time: 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Age: 10 and older

Cost: $50

Instructor: A. Kline

Contemporary Dance I

This is a beginning study of contemporary dance, an expressive dance genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, and classical ballet.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, May 13-June 10

Time: 4-4:45 p.m.

Age: 7+, by 5/1/20

Cost: $45

Instructor: J. Dienger

Contemporary Dance II

This is an advanced beginner study of contemporary dance, an expressive dance genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, and classical ballet. In addition to exploring dance technique, dancers will also focus on initiation of movement and emotional intent behind each combination.*

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, May 13-June 10

Time: 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Age: NA

Cost: $50

Instructor: J. Dienger

Irish I

Introduction to Irish Dance technique. Students will learn basic jig and reel steps, along with ceili dances.

Day/Dates:  Mondays, May 11-June 8 (No class May 25)

Time: 4-4:45 p.m.

Age: 5 years & up

Price: $36

Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman

National Tap Dance Day workshops

Each class will include tap technique, warm-ups, and rehearsals to learn a choreographed piece to be performed at MCA’s National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) celebration in the Academy Theatre on Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. Each year tap celebrations are held in honor of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday. Don’t miss this exciting performance opportunity! Fee includes a NEW MCA Tapper Shirt 


Dates: Classes May 2- May 30, Rehearsal and performance Sunday, May 31.

Days, times and levels: See Below

Tap for Kids- Tuesdays, 5-5:45pm and Saturdays, 9-9:45am p.m. $108 (ages 5+) , J. Meinke (no class on May 5)

Tap I- Mondays, 5:45-6:45 p.m. & Fridays, 5:45-6:45pm $120 (ages 8 years and up ), J. Baechle

Tap II-Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm & Saturdays, 9:45-10:45am $120, J. Meinke

Tap III, IV & V- Tuesdays, 4-5:15pm Technique Class, J. Dienger

          Saturdays, 10:45am-12:15pm- Rep Class, C. Martin

        Just Technique $83, Technique and Rep Class $154

Adult Tap- See Adult Fitness Section

*Please don't let the lack of tap shoes be a barrier, we have a tap shoes that can be borrowed in most sizes, just ask our office. New to MCA? No problem, please contact our office so we may help you choose the right level for you.

More about NTDD!

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Boys in Motion Ages 5-6

Calling all super heroes, knights and future athletic stars, this dance class rocks!  This class is specifically designed for young boys ages 5-6 years, to enhance athletic skills, flexibility, coordination and strength while also being introduced to ballet and contemporary dance.

Day/Dates: Fridays, May 15- June 12

Time: 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Age: 5-6 years (Jan. 1)

Fee: $18

Instructor: J. Dienger

Boys Dance Sampler (Newly Restructured Class)

This high energy class is just for boys and will enhance their strength, flexibility and athletic skills. This class will use traditional exercises and games to explore classical and contemporary dance disciplines such as hip hop, ballet, modern, and jazz. All experience levels welcome.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, May 13- June 10

Age: 7-12

Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Fee: $18

Instructor: J. Dienger

 NEW! Daddy & Dancer

In celebration of Father’s Day, we are holding a special class where ballet dancers (both boys and girls) get to invite their dad, grandpa, or other special friend to join them at the barre and on the dance floor to make memories together and enjoy a little treat together at the end.

Date: Saturday, June 20

Times and levels: 

Pre-Ballet/Beginner Ballet: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Ballet I-III: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Ballet IV-VII: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $10 per family or $5 if enrolled dancers are enrolled in spring dance classes

Instructors: J. Dienger, R. Ryan-Dahlgren, T. Schmidt

MCA Classes in collaboration with Winona YMCA 

Adventures in Ballet: Frozen

Your Little one is invited on a magical journey that will tickle their imaginations as they fall in love with ballet during the class perfect for "Frozen" and dance enthusiasts.

Day/ Date: Wednesdays, Jan. 15- Feb. 26th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Adventures in Ballet: The Little Mermaid

Young dancers will fill with joy as they use their imaginations and bodies to dive under the water; point their mermaid tail, and jam with their underwater friends.

Day/Date: Wednesdays, March 18- April  29th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Programs and how to register

Dance Repertory Company

In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of 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, Dance Repertory Company II. DRC produces two production annually. Biannually DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker.

Important Upcoming DRC & DRC II Dates

DRC II: Animals on Parade: Performances: Friday, Dec. 6- Sunday, Dec. 8.

DRC Annual Spring Dance Concert: Change in Color Auditions: Jan. 18, Performances April 11-13 at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary's University Campus

Next MCA Nutcracker will be in 2020. Auditions will be Aug. 29, 2020.

For more information about auditioning for DRC, ordering tickets or past productions click here.

2020 Summer Camp Overview

Junior Training Program for Dancers- June 15-26, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Junior Training Program.

Young Dancer Intensive– June 22-26, Monday-Friday, 1-4 pm, ages 6-9 years

17th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)-  July 5-25, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Winona Arts Camp 2020- August 3-7, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 10-14, Monday- Friday, 9:00-11:00 am, ages 3-5 years & K-1st grade

Tap Camp- Aug. 10-14, 11:30 am-1:30 pm (beg- 2 years tap experience), 1:30-5:30pm (Int. & Adv. tap experience and 11+), Monday- Friday, ages 5+ .

All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2020 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons, spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

Full camp descriptions

Winona Arts Camp 2020

Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 6th annual integrated arts summer camp. Once again students will get to rank their class choice of visual and performing arts they want to explore, having the opportunity to be immersed in four subjects a day. From percussion and creative journaling to learning how to apply special effects stage make-up and ballet basics, there are plenty of options to satisfy the artist in everyone.  Back by popular demand, there will be an all camp talent show on Friday morning and families are invited to attend a lively showcase at 3 pm on Friday afternoon. Once you have registered online or in-person, please fill out the class choice form.

Dates: TBD, M-F

Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

Age: 1st - 8th grade 

Price: $189 (Early Bird Special), $209 (after May 1), Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.

Class choices for 2020 include: Special Effects Stage Make-up, Adventures in Acting, Recycled Art, Word Art, Exploring the Masters, Meet the Piano, Tap it Out, Ballet Basics, Intro to Contemporary Dance, Dance around the World Just Weave It, Percussion Jam, Songwriting, Sing Out, and Adventures in Acting. Class choice form.

Tap Camp

Join us for an exciting week of rhythm!  TAP CAMP will include classes in tap technique, repertory, improvisation, body percussion, music theory and concepts for the tap dancer, tap history, and tap in films. TAP CAMP will hold new challenges for beginning, intermediate, and advanced tappers.

Dancers should bring a water bottle and snack each day. An informal demonstration for family and friends will be held on Friday, Aug. 14th at 5:30 pm followed by a potluck pizza party!  Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it's TAP CAMP time!

Dates: August 10-14, 2020

Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm (ages 5+, no experience- 2 years experience) (Dancers will also be invited to perform on Friday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 pm.

Tap II-V: 1:30 - 5:30 pm (Intermediate & advanced Tap Dancers ages 11+ or MCA Tap levels II-V. Tappers will participate in a placement class on day one.)

Fee: Tap for Kids and Tap I: $85 (Early Bird Special), $99 (after May 1)

Tap II-V:  $165 (Early Bird Special), $189 (after May 1)

*Fees include camp t-shirt.

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Phone: 507-453-5500
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All in-person MCA programs and performances are cancelled through May 8, 2020 in a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Phone calls and emails will be responded to during this time.



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