Classes & Programs

Summer 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 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.

Below are confirmed camps and classes, please check back soon for information about our 2020 Tap Camp, Early Childhood Camps and Stay-Strong Dance Session.

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 15-26, M-F

Time: 9am-4pm, Performance- June 26, 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 5-25, 2020.

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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 22-26, 2020 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.

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Summer Dance Intensive

Experience the nurturing and intimate atmosphere of the 17th 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 5-25, 2020 Daily

Age: 11-22

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

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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 (Registration will be live around April 1).

Dates: August 3-7, M-F

Time: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm

Age: 1st - 8th grade 

Price: $209, 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, Recycled Art, Ready, Set, DRAW,  Meet the Piano, Tap it Out, Ballet Basics, Intro to Hip Hop, Just Weave It, Percussion Jam, Guitar Star, Sing Out, Adventures in Acting,Creative Journaling, and Musical Theatre class choice form.

While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!

Lucy

8 Year-old Student

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.

Parent of SDI Participant

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.

Parent of MCA Student

2019 Spring & Summer Fun

2019 Spring & Summer Fun

On March 11th, 2019, registration for our Spring/ Summer session opens and we hope you are excited as we are about our new offerings and the popular camps and classes that are returning. Below is a little peek at some of our new and or improved programs to look forward to, also don’t forget that you can save big bucks on our summer camps if you register by May 1. All of the dates and descriptions are up on our website, our paper and digital catalog will be out soon.

A Summer Rooted in Ballet, but so much more

A Summer Rooted in Ballet, but so much more

A day at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts summer dance intensive

For three weeks each July, around 30-38 dancers venture to the small but safe and beautiful river town of Winona, MN. These intermediate and advanced dancers who range in age from 11-22 years experience full days of dancing, attend professional music and theatre performances, and make friendships that last a lifetime. The Intensive is rooted in strong ballet technique, but offers a well-rounded dance education and opportunity to study with top notch artists.

2019 Summer Dance Intensive Audition Tour Announced!

2019 Summer Dance Intensive Audition Tour Announced!

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold four open auditions in Wisconsin and Minnesota for our 17th annual Summer Dance Intensive boarding summer camp (one of the only boarding summer dance intensives in Minnesota!). Thanks to positive feedback the SDI will once again be 3-weeks! The Dance Intensive will held July 7-27, 2019 in Winona, Minnesota. MCA, is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and invites intermediate and advanced dancers between the ages of 11 and 22, who are ready for their dance technique to soar to new heights to audition. Auditions will be held in La Crosse & Green Bay, WI and Winona and Mankato, MN.

LOCATION & CONTACT

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

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

E-Mail: mca@smumn.edu

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Wednesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

 

 

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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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