Classes & Programs

Teen Programs

Teen programs

Art | Dance | Music | Theatre

Colored Pencil Techniques

Did you know that there are a multitude of special techniques that can be applied using colored pencils? Creating highlights, shading, blending, shapes, and more. Each week will explore a new topic, techniques and artist(s). Participants who are interested will be invited to exchange postcards with classmates featuring their artwork.

Suggested class supplies: set of colored pencils (24 colors or more is ideal), sketch book, pencil (an ebony pencil is ideal), eraser, black felt-tip or fine liner pen, & straight edge (such as a 12 in. ruler). Optional extra supplies: colorless bending  pencil, blending stump (tortillon), & gel pens. For postcard mailing: you will need card stock, recycled materials or premade postcards, (3"x5" or 4"x6") and postcard stamps which are .36 per stamp.

Day/ Dates: Mondays, April 12- May 31
Time: 7-8 pm
Ages:13+
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $25

Doodle Club

Join Miss. Lisa and other MCA community members virtually for a live and interactive art session. Each week students will have a chance to unwind from their day as they explore using shapes, lines and patterns to create new doodle designs. Come create and even relax the mind with us.

Students will just need a device enabled with Wi-Fi, white 8 1/2 x 11 typing paper, pencil, eraser and fine line felt tip black pen. Additionally, colored pencils or markers can be used to enhance creations, but are not required. Please make sure to enroll in this class at least 4 hours prior to class start time to ensure you get the Zoom link in time.

This class is free, however if you are find value in this program, our MCA Moments and want to help ensure MCA is able to continue to offer engaging programming during these challenging times and beyond, please consider making a donation if you are able.

Day/ Dates: Wednesdays, ongoing
Time: 7:30-8pm
Ages: 13 +years
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: Free (please read supply list above)

Teens Tappin'

Calling all teens, this is your chance to give tap dancing a try. You will love this friendly, non-competitive, invigorating way to get moving. So lace up those tap shoes and get ready to make some noise.

Students joining in-person will need to familiarize themselves with MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/Dates: Mondays, May 17- June 21 (no class 5/31 or 6/14)

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

Age: 12-18

Instructor: Becca Braun

Price: $90 (12 classes)

*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 mca@smumn.edu.

Contemporary Dance I/II

Contemporary I - A beginning level of contemporary dance for ages 7 and up. Contemporary is an expressive dance genre that combines elements of classical ballet, modern, and jazz. Classes will focus on body and spatial awareness, intentional movement and self-expression.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Aug. 31-Nov. 9

Time: 4:30-5:15pm

Age: 7+

Fee: $110

Instructor: Jess Dienger

Contemporary II - A beginning/intermediate level of contemporary dance for ages 9 and up. Contemporary is an expressive dance genre that combines elements of classical ballet, modern, and jazz. Classes will focus on body and spatial awareness, intentional movement and self-expression. Placement is at the discretion of the instructor.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Aug. 31-Nov. 9

Time: 5:15-6:15pm

Age: 9+

Fee: $120

Instructor: Jess Dienger

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 Sunday, along with a potluck. Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it's TAP CAMP time! 

Dates: Wednesday-Sunday, August 10-14, 2022

Time: Tap 4 Kids/Tap I 11:00am-1:00pm, Tap II+ 9:00am-1:00pm **Note Sunday times are 3:00-5:00pm and 1:00-5:00pm

Tap for Kids and Tap I:  (ages 6+, no experience- two years experience)

Tap II-V:  (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), $99 (After May 1)

Tap II-V: $165 (Early bird), $189 (After May 1)

Dancers should bring water bottle. Snack will be provided.

**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 mca@smumn.edu.

Progressing Ballet Technique 

This class utilizes exercise balls and bands to develop muscle memory for increasing strength, stability, flexibility and range of motion for all dance genres, but is specifically designed for the demands of ballet technique.  A small class size ensures that each dancer has the benefit of personal corrections from the instructor.

Students joining in-person will need to familiarize themselves with MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Day/Dates: Mondays, Aug. 30-Nov. 1 (no class Sept. 6)

Time: 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Age: 12 years+

Instructor: T. Schmidt, Licensed and Certified PBT Instructor

Fee: $104

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. 

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: $329 (Early Bird) $375 (after May 1). 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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Jazz Combos

Jazz combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The Jazz Combo session will provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, and improvisation. The ultimate goal of these ensembles is to give interested students the opportunity to study and perform jazz ensemble literature. The combos will pay at a variety community performances, TBA All musicians and instruments are welcome, but space is limited.

Day/Time: Tues. 6:30-7:30pm, Wed. 6:15-7:15pm, Wed. 7:15-8:15pm

Age: Grades 6-12

Instructor: D. Gudmastad

Combo practice times are flexible and dependent on the needs of the members. Contact director with questions.

Click here to see MCA Jazz Combos in Action.

This program is currently on-hold due to COVID-19, but we hope to offer it in the future once again.

Private Lessons

MCA offers private lessons for all ages and abilities! Our experienced teaching artists prepare students for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Private lessons are offered year-round. Instruction available in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, cello, guitar, bass. piano, percussion, and voice. Students will be expected to purchase method books the instructor feels best address the student’s needs. Students have the opportunity to perform during MCA’s annual fall, winter and summer concerts and other performance opportunities based upon instructor recommendations. Some instruments such as the violin, guitar and piano are better suited for young students, if you have a young child who is interested in learning an instrument please contact us at 507-453-5500 for more information or by filling out a registration form indicating an instrument of interest. Virtual and in-person lessons are available.

  • 4, 30 minute lessons- $76
  • 8, 30 minute lessons- $144
  • 12, 30 minute lessons- $204

45 minute and 1 hour lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.

Lesson dates and times: Arranged between MCA instructor and student/family.

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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.
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 - Thursday- 9:00am-8:00pm

Saturday - Open by appointment & for performances or special events

Friday and Sunday- Closed

 

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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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