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 our full list of current programming click here

Summer Camps

Dance Me a Story

Are you ready to step on stage? Then you will love this camp. During this one week experience you will work with classmates to tell a story using ballet, creative movement, and theatre. Participants will even have the opportunity to craft their own costumes and design scenery in preparations for an informal outdoor performance on the last day of camp for friends and family. Campers (and friends and family on the last day) will be required to follow MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, June 21-25

Time: 1-4pm

Ages: 6-9 

Location: Outside & inside Valencia Arts Center 

Instructors: Rachael Ryan & Caitilin McCoy

Fee:$129 *

* Campers will need to bring a mask, towel or sit-upon, water bottle, and snack daily. 


Mindful Moves and Artful Journaling Camp

Kids will love this camp that infuses creative journaling, movement, yoga, and mindfulness. Campers will explore their senses as they create, listen to music, build their sensory awareness, while they enjoy the sunshine during this outdoor program. Parents will also breathe a little easier knowing that their kids are learning new tricks to regulate their emotions, build positive self-image and ways to explore with new art materials. Campers will be required to follow MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, Aug. 2-6

Time: 9am-12pm

Ages: 6-12 years (separated in groups)

Instructors: Megan Peterson & Brianna Haupt

Location: Outside Valencia Arts Center (moved inside if inclement weather)

Fee: $129*

* Campers will need to bring a mask, towel or yoga mat, water bottle, and snack daily. 

The Thirty-Three Little Pigs

Ham it up in this fantastic new twist on an old tale! Squeal with delight as the 33 pigs in the meadow continuously outsmart the hungry wolf, much in the style of Roadrunner and Coyote or Tom and Jerry. From Straw, Stick, and Brick pigs to Pirate, Chef, and Ninja pigs (plus 27 endearing others!), they each have their chance to misdirect, heckle, and hound the bumbling Big Bad Wolf, who only finds himself further and further from getting his fill of little piggies! Full of classic, pop-culture, and world-inspired piggie characters and references, actors and audiences alike will go hog-wild for this show! MCA COVID Code of Conduct must be followed by all cast, faculty, and audience members.
Auditions: June 28, 2021 6:30-8:30pm, Sign up here for a 20-minute audition time slot.
Mandatory Cast & Parent Meeting: June 30, 2021, 7pm
Participation Fee: $35
Rehearsals: TBD based on role, July 6-29, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm Monday-Friday, with possible weekends
Performances: July 30, 7pm & July 31, 2 & 7pm (outside in green space between MCA's Valencia Arts Center & Alverna Center), $5 per ticket bought day of (cash & check preferred.

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. An informal demonstration for family and friends will be held on Friday. Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it's TAP CAMP time! Campers (and friends and family on the last day) will be required to follow MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Dates: August 9-13, 2021  M-F

Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: 10-Noon p.m. (ages 6+, no experience- two years experience)

Tap II-V: 9-12 p.m. (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: $149 

*Dancers should bring a mask, water bottle, and snack each day.

**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 contact our office at

2021 Summer Dance Intensive

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that we will be offering our 18th annual Summer Dance Intensive. The 2021 Intensive plans to commence in-person while following MCA’s COVID Code of Conduct. Unfortunately room and board will not be available this year. We are so excited to still be able to offer a wonderful well-rounded and personal experience for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12-25. The intensive will run July 5- July 17, 2021

Dancers interested in attending the MCA Summer Dance Intensive are invited to attend a virtual audition on Sunday, March 21, 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM or send in a video..

Day/ Dates: July 5-17
Ages: 12-25 years
Location: In-person

Junior Training Program for Dancers

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; and round 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 in preparation for a final showcase for up to two family members per dancer. Dress rehearsal and performance schedules, July 16-17 may vary from the above times, but will be communicated in advance.

No auditions are required, but it is recommended that dancers have at least three  years of training.

Due to COVID the capacity is only 11 dancers. Campers (and friends and family on the last day) will be required to follow MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/ Dates: Monday-Friday, July 5-17

Time: 9am-4pm, M-F, Dress rehearsal and performance schedules, July 16-17 may vary from the above times, but will be communicated in advance.

Ages: 9-18 

Location: Inside Valencia Arts Center 

Fee: $450 (Fee includes over 60 hours of instruction. Students will need to bring a lunch and water bottle daily.)

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