Classes & ProgramsSummer Camps
Come explore the arts this summer at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts!
Our summer programming offers an engaging, inspiring and safe environment for students to gain new skills and perfect artistry.
Below is a list of our new and popular summer camps. We also have a new session of dance classes for all ages beginning in May, National Tap Dance Day Workshops in May, and private music lessons offered throughout the Summer. Once again MCA is excited to be partnering with the Winona YMCA to offer programs on-site at the Y and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum during our 5th annual Winona Arts Camps. Registration for Spring & Summer 2019 will open online, March 11th. Families can register in person at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center located at 1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN.
Junior Training Program for Dancers (formally known as Mini-Summer Dance Intensive)
Are you ready to dance your day away? Here is your chance! Each day dancers will warm up in a ballet class, build foot and ankle strength in pre-pointe, dabble in different theory classes such as dance history, composition (choreography), and theatre, rounding out their dance experience with a “genre of the day” class, including jazz, modern, musical theatre and hip hop. Each day will end with a rehearsal for a final showcase that will be in our Academy Theatre for friends and family. Back for the second year, we will have special guest artist Natasha Posey, who is on faculty at Milwaukee Ballet joining us in addition to our fabulous MCA faculty.
No auditions are required, but it is recommended that dancers have at least 3 years of training.
Dates: June 17-28, M-F
Time: 9am-4pm, Performance- June 28, 6:30pm
Age: 9 years- High School (at least 3 years of ballet training)
Fee: $375 Fee includes over 60 hours of instruction and camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers 11 years-22 years please visit our website for details about our audition based 3-week Summer Dance Intensive with a boarding option, July 7-27, 2019.
NEW! Young Dancer Intensive
Do you dance in your dreams and everywhere you go? Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to spin and soar. We will start each day off with ballet to build a strong dance foundation, then explore a “genre of the day” class including jazz, modern, or hip hop and end the day with a creative class such as costume design or acting to ignite your imagination and performance skills. No dance experience necessary.
Dates: June 24-28, M-F
Time: 1-4 pm
Age: 6-9 years
Fee: $119, Fee includes a camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a snack and water bottle daily.
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. 2nd at 5:00 pm followed by a potluck pizza party! Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it's TAP CAMP time!
Dates: July 29-Aug.2, M-F
Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: 3:00-5:00 pm (ages 6+, no experience- 2 years experience)
Tap II-V: 1:00 - 5:00 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: $99
Tap II-V: $189
*Fees include camp t-shirt.
Winona Arts Camp 2019
Join MCA and Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) for the 5th 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 puppet creation and creative journaling to learning chords on a guitar, 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: August 5-9, M-F
Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
Age: 1st - 8th grade
Price: $199, Fee includes camp t-shirt. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.
Class choices for 2019 include: Creative Journaling, Puppet Making, Stain Glass Techniques, Just Weave it, Guitar Star, Recorder Karate, The Monologue Challenge, Acting Up, Musical Theatre Dance, Dance Me a Story, Dance Around the World, and Intro to Hip Hop. Short class descriptions can be found on the class choice form.
Come join us on a journey to the Pacific rim where you will make new friends as you dance stories with your hands and feet, drum island beats, craft your own lei and much more during this artistic and imaginative adventure. Families are invited to an open house at 10:15 am on the last day of camp.
Dates: August 12-16, M-F
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Ages: Preschool (3-5 years) & K-1st grade (students must be potty-trained)
Price: $69, fee includes a camp t-shirt
Summer Dance Intensive
Experience the nurturing and intimate atmosphere of the 16th annual Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Summer Dance Intensive If you are an intermediate or advanced dancer between the ages of 11 and 22, who is ready for your dance technique to soar to new heights, then this is the intensive for you! You will spend 7 to 9 hours of your day studying dance in technique classes and rehearsals under the direction of seasoned, professional instructors. Auditions are required for acceptance.
Summer Camp Dates: July 7-27, 2019 Daily
Auditions: La Crosse, WI– Jan.25, 2020, 9:30am-11:30am at La Crosse Dance Centre, 2716 Commerce St., La Crosse, WI 54603
Cedar Rapids, IA– Feb. 8, 2020, 10am-Noon at Pointe School of Dance, 225 Northland Court NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Winona, MN– March, 29, 2020, 11:30-1:30 at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 1164 W. 10th St., Winona, MN 5598
Video Auditions also accepted
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, June 2, 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!
Dates: Classes April 29- June 1, Rehearsal and performance Sunday, June 2, 3 p.m.
Days, times and levels: See Below
Tap for Kids- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt (ages 6+ ), C. Deysach
Tap I- Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. & Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt (ages 6 years and up ), C. Martin
Tap II/III- Saturdays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt , C. Martin
Tap IV & V- Fridays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $120 + $12 for T-shirt, J. Dienger
Adult Tap- See Adult Fitness Section
Dancers will wear MCA Tapper Shirts, new ones can be purchased for $12 in the office.
*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.
Stay Strong August Session
Stay strong this summer. Buy a 3 or 6 class punch card and attend the Ballet or Contemporary classes that fit in your summer schedule.
Stay Strong Ballet
Day: Tuesdays, Aug. 6-12
Times: 4:30-6 p.m.
This is a mixed-level ballet class for students in Ballet IV+ or dancers with an equivalent level of training.
Stay Strong Contemporary
This mixed-level class will include instruction in Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and conditioning. This class is open to students in Modern III+, Jazz III+, Hip Hop III+, or Ballet IV+ or equivalent level of training.
Day: Thursdays, Aug. 8-12
Times: 4:30-6 p.m.
Stay Strong Fees:
3 class punch card- $40
6 classes punch card- $80
Main reACTion is a new improvisational theatre troupe made of Winona Area youth. This activity begun in Summer 2019 as part of Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Winona Main Street, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation.
The public is invited to eight weekly 1-hour performances by Main ReACTion lead by MCA Theatre Instructor, Catherine Deysach on Tuesdays from June 11th- August 6th, 6:30-7:30pm at different locations on Third Street between Main Street & Layfette Street. Stroll downtown on Third Street and you will be sure to find the young actors and actresses wearing brightly colored shirts accompanied by a sign identifying the group. Locations will also be announced on the MCA Facebook page on the day of performances.
2019-20 School year Main reACTion Auditions
Do you love to perform and are you ready to take your improv skills to the next level? If so, Main reACTion is for you! MCA is seeking 10-15 creative quick-thinkers to form the Main reACTion improv troupe for the 2019-2020 school year. Main reACTion's school year troupe will perform at 1-2 locations/events per month.
Date & Time: Sunday Aug. 11, 6-8pm
Age: 9-15 years
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!
My daughter had a great time at the Summer Dance Intensive (SDI). She enjoyed the teachers, learning new styles of dance, as well as being challenged in styles of dance that she was already familiar with. The teachers were encouraging and supportive. I would highly recommend SDI.
In the past few years, I have watched my daughter grow into a more confident little girl. She isn’t as shy as she used to be and enjoys being involved. She absolutely loves tap dance! She fell in love with it last year at this time when she tried the National Tap dance workshop. She has also enjoyed the arts camp and when it was over last summer, she asked when she could go again. She is able to experience a bit of independence while at camp.
Minnesota Conservatory for the arts is excited to invite the community to our 17th Annual Summer Dance Intensive Showcase on July 27th at 7pm at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University campus. The showcase performance will feature a variety of dance forms including: ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre dance, and modern dance.
Our most popular camp, the Winona Arts Camp is back for the 5th year, Aug. 5-9, 9am-3:30pm. For the second year campers get to have input into the classes they want to take the most. Each camper will be placed in 4 classes that they will take daily for the week of camp. 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. Check out the list below of all of the cool classes you can explore.
Looking to experience the arts this summer or want to sample what Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) has to offer without having to commit to a whole class or camp? You are in luck, below is a list of performances you are invited to attend and community events that we will be a part of.