Classes & Programs

Summer Camps

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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 2020 will open online, in late march or early April. Families can register in person at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center located at 1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN.

Due to COVID-19 the below info may not be up-to-date, to view current online programming click here

July & August 2020 Online Camps

Tap Camp (Virtual with Bonus outside in-person gathering)

Join us for an exciting week of rhythm! Each day campers will receive a pre-recorded tap lesson including a warm-up, technique lesson, & combinations. Students will then have the opportunity to meet up virtually over Zoom with instructors/classmates each evening to clarify material, learn a bit of history, or concepts to round out their tap education. TAP CAMP will hold new challenges for intermediate and advanced tappers. A free bonus in-person gathering for campers will take place on Friday, Aug. 14, 9:00-10:00 am outside of MCA’s Valencia Arts Center. This gathering will be weather permitting and will follow strict guidelines such as limited numbers of students (no parents allowed), social distancing, and masks worn by all to protect both faculty and students. Parents are welcome to park on Vila St or the Cotter Rec Center parking lot to watch from a car. Students will need to bring along a water bottle labeled with their name & a tap board, or arrange to utilize one of limited tap boards from MCA. Tappers will dance the combinations & choreography they learned throughout the week & of course…. Shim Sham together*!!!

Dates: Monday-Thursday, Aug. 10-13, Bonus event on Friday, Aug. 14

Time and ages/levels:Tap II:  45 min.- One hour of pre-recorded content daily by 10am and Zoom meetings Monday- Thursday 6-6:30pm, and optional bonus in-person class Friday, Aug. 14, 9-10am (intermediate tap dancers, ages 10 & up and a minimum of  2+ years of experience, younger students by invitation only)

Tap III-V:  1.75-2 hours of pre-recorded content daily and Zoom meetings Monday- Thursday 5-5:45pm, and optional bonus in-person class Friday, Aug. 14, 9-10am (intermediate and advanced tap dancers ages 12 and up and 4+  years tap experience, younger students by invitation only)

Cost: 

Tap II: $49 (early bird special), $59 (after Aug. 1)

Tap III-V: $99 (early bird special), $109 (after Aug. 1). 

Instructors:  Carter Full, Nathan Graff, and Christine Martin

*Don’t want to wait to start tapping? Review (or learn) the Shim Sham with Miss. Christine and the BS Chorus with Miss. Justine.

**Need-based scholarships available, click here for more info. Please contact mca@smumn.edu if you are in need of borrowing tap shoes or have questions about placement.  If you need an affordable locally made tap board for $54 they can be ordered today through our registration system and you will be notified when it is ready for pick-up in Winona. The boards will be 2×4 ft. Oak finished wood with foam pads to give the board a sprung feel with a clear resonant sound, resembling the photos below. Must be ordered by Aug. 3rd.

Virtual Summer Dance Intensive

Intermediate and advanced dancers will thrive during this comprehensive 3-week program. Delivered live via Zoom, dancers will receive personal feedback in real-time. This program includes dance technique, conditioning and unique dance theory classes designed to inspire and build strong and resilient dancers. No auditions are required this summer but this intensive is designed for intermediate to advanced ballet dancers. Weekly schedule below. Click here for course descriptions, instructor bios and SDI Q & A.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Friday, July 6-24
Times: See below
Ages: 12-25 years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger, Avin Honecker-Sherman, Tammy Schmidt & Guest Speakers
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $272*
 

Mondays- Jul 6-20

Dance Composition- 4-5:15pm, Tammy Schmidt

Modern III-V Technique- 5:30-6:30pm, Jessica Dienger

Cardio Barre- July 6-27, 7:00-8:00pm, Jessica Dienger

Tuesdays- July 7-21

Ballet IV-VII- 4:15-5:55pm, Tammy Schmidt

Pointe & Pre-Pointe- 6-6:45pm, Tammy Schmidt

Wednesdays- July 8-22

Performance-based Practices- 4-5:15pm

Contemporary Technique- 5:30-6:30pm, Jess Dienger

Thursdays- July 9-23

Ballet IV-VII- 4:15-5:55pm, Tammy Schmidt

Pointe & Pre-Pointe- 6-6:45pm, Tammy Schmidt 

Barre Fitness- July 9-30, 7-8pm, Jessica Dienger

Fridays- June 10-31

Careers in Dance Conversations- 4-5 pm

Ballet IV-VII- 5:15-6:45pm, Jessica Dienger

Stretch & Relax- July 10-31, 7-8pm, Avin Honecker-Sherman

*Not interested in all classes? Each class can be registered for individually

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Virtual Junior Training Program for Dancers

Our popular Junior Training Program for Dancers program has been moved online and is designed to help dancers ages 10+ stay conditioned and become a more well-rounded dancer this summer through daily classes. No auditions are required but it is recommended that dancers have at least three years of ballet experience.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Friday, July 6-24
Times: See below
Ages: 10+ years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger, Rachael Ryan, Tammy Schmidt & Guest Speakers
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $98*
 

Mondays- Jul 6-20

Dance Composition- 2:30-3:45pm, Tammy Schmidt

Ballet IIB/III- 4-5:30pm, Rachael Ryan

Tuesdays- July 7-21

Contemporary I/II - 4-5:00pm, Jess Dienger

Wednesdays- July 8-22

Performance-based Practices- 4-5:15pm

Thursdays- July 9-23

 Hip Hop I/II - 4-4:45pm, Jess Dienger

Fridays- June 10-31

Careers in Dance Conversations- 4-5 pm

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Arts and (e)motion Camp

How does the color red make you feel? Does skipping make your happy? Can singing a song help calm you down? Sometimes it can be difficult to put your feelings into to words, but moving and creating art during this one week camp will help young campers express and discuss their emotions in a healthy and fun way. The camp fee includes an at-home kit available for delivery or pick-up in Winona that includes props and crafts for creative play during camp and beyond. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 27-30
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 3-7 years
Instructor: Rachael Ryan
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)

Just Dance Camp

Hey movers and shakers, this week is for you! If you have always wanted to try dance or you are missing your time in the studio, here is your chance to move. Each day campers will learn about and try out different dance style including musical theatre, hip hop, ballet, and contemporary.  No experience necessary.

Day/ Dates: M-Th, July 6-9
Time: 10-11am
Ages: 6-9 years
Instructor: Jessica Dienger
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45
 
 

Minecraft & Hip Hop Camp

Bring your crafting off the screen and to life. During this week long adventure campers will learn cool hip hop moves and create artwork inspired by the popular video game, Minecraft. Campers do not need to have access to or experience with the game. The camp fee includes an at-home kit available for delivery or pick-up in Winona that includes props and crafts for creative play during camp and beyond. Free no contact delivery or pick up in Winona. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time.

Day/ Dates: Monday- Thursday, July 20-23
Time: 2-3pm
Ages: 6-12 years
Instructor: Abbey Kline
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $45 (includes at-home kit)