Classes & Programs / Dance

Tap Camp


August 10-14,  M-F, times dependent on level (listed below)

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. 14th at 5:00 pm followed by a potluck pizza party!  Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on dancers, it’s TAP CAMP time!

Time & Ages: Tap for Kids and Tap I: time TBA pm (ages 5+, 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: TBA Tap II-V:  $TBA  *Fees include camp t-shirt.

Our child’s personal growth had been amazing. The programming challenges her, but also makes her successful. The instructors genuinely care about her both as a dancer and as a person.

Parent of Dancer

Questions & Answers about the Mini-Intensive

Who is this Camp for?

With multiple classes happening simultaneously there is a perfect class for students of all ages and experience levels. Students who have not danced at MCA are welcome, please contact us if you need help accessing if this program is a good fit for you or your dancer since levels vary greatly from studio to studio. During the camp dancers will be broken into groups or given differentiated instruction to make sure each dancer is nurtured and challenged. Dancers can expect to explore everything tap including tap technique, tap history, and body percussion. MCA’s tap instruction is rooted in rhythm tap and participants in our tap program have performed during the Twin City Tap Festival, National Tap Dance Day Celebrations in Winona and the Twin Cities, and been awarded scholarships through Chicago Human Rhythm Project. 

This is a perfect experience young dancers interested in exploring tap for the first time or for tap dancers who are ready to take their dance studies to the next level, stay conditioned over the summer and explore the dance world in new ways. Students with ballet experience aged 11-22 who are interested in an all-day/ boarding program should check out our annual Summer Dance Intensive. To explore nearly every dance style MCA offers outside of tap Intermediate dancers who are 9-18 should check out our Junior Training Program for Dancers and New in 2019 dancers ages 6-9 with less than 3 years of experience can join our week long Young Dancer Intensive.

Do you need to be a current MCA student to participate?

No, MCA welcomes dancers who have danced at any studio. If you have questions about the level of dance experienced needed for success in this camp or any other MCA program, please feel free to contact us at 507-453-5500 or by email:

When and where is the Intensive?

Tap Camp will meet Monday- Friday Aug. 10-14 at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home the Valencia Arts Center. A camp demonstration will be held for friends and family on Friday Aug. 14th, 5pm in the Academy Theatre.

The times of camp depend on age and experience, as listed below (please contact the office at 507-453-5500 or if you have questions about placement).

Tap for kids & Tap I- (ages 5 years+ with 0-2 years experience in tap) time TBA

Tap II, III, IV, & V- (11 years+ and intermediate or advanced tap or MCA tap Levels II-V) 1-5 pm

Are there Auditions for the Intensive?

No, there are not auditions, however students will be placed in an approximate level on day one, but moved as needed to ensure they are in the most appropriate level. 

What is the cost?

Tuition for Tap for Kids & Tap I is TBA

Tuition for Tap II, III, IV, & V is TBA

Tuition includes a t-shirt. Students will need to bring a snack and water bottle daily. There will be no admission charge for the final showcase.

What will a normal day look like?

As you will see from the sample schedule below, dancers will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of qualified teaching artists and explore the many aspects of tap that will help them grow as dancers in a positive environment. Repertory is time spent learning a dance piece that will be rehearsed and performed during the final demonstration at the end of camp.  TAP CAMP Schedule 2019(subject to change)

Is there boarding available for this program?

Unfortunately, at this time our Tap Camp is only open to area students or those that find lodging themselves.

Dancers who are 11-22 years are welcome to audition for our full-day Summer Dance Intensive which does welcome students from afar who are housed overnight at the Alverna Center which is located right next door to MCA.

How is dancing different at MCA?

There are other opportunities to study dance in the Winona community, but there is nothing that compares with the the long rich history and unique experience MCA offers. MCA begun as the Ballet School under the direction of our founder, Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin in 1973. We invite you to join us for a class, camp or free Family Arts Academy Workshop to experience the difference for yourself, in the mean time below is a list of a few things that make the MCA experience special.

Quality Instructors

MCA instructors hold degrees or comparable experience that allow them to help students develop technique as well as artistry in a fun and supportive environment.

Family Friendly Environment

One of the remarks that we hear most often from MCA students and families is that they feel that MCA is like a second family with teachers that are caring and positive role models. They also love the progression they are making in dance without the pressure of competition. Dress codes and careful selection of music also help foster a positive environment for all ages. Family discounts, payment plans, scholarships, apprentice opportunities, and our adult wellness discount help make MCA programs accessible to everyone. Learn more about our policies & discounts.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

MCA is located inside of the Valencia Arts Center (VAC) in Winona, MN. The VAC features 3 dance studios equipped with wood sprung floors (that are gentler on joints than other surfaces), a black box theatre, recital hall, four practice rooms for private music lessons, class piano lab, lobby and other waiting areas. Our building equipped with free Wi-Fi, reading materials to enjoy while you wait and our lobby features a TV that streams a closed circuit view of youth dance classes. 

Variety of Offerings

MCA’s Dance Division offers classes for students’ 18mo- Adulthood. We even have adults in our Adult Dance and Wellness Program and Seeding Vitality Arts Program (for ages 55+) that are staying fit and active well into their 80’s. Dance and Fitness styles taught at MCA include; Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Modern, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Irish, Barre Fitness, Yoga, Dance Conditioning, Choreography. MCA also runs a Boys Dance Program that has received national attention and a three-week Summer Dance Intensive with a boarding option that attracts students from as far away as Alaska, Texas and Mexico. Thanks to our affiliation with Saint Mary’s University of MN, some dance classes are eligible to be taken for credit. Special arrangements have also been made at Cotter High School to accept hours of dance instruction and rehearsal to be counted towards Physical Education requirements.

Performance Opportunities

MCA is not a recital based studio so students that wish may take classes just for the sake of learning the technique, artistry and physical benefits. However, with two productions yearly with our pre-professional Dance Repertory Company (DRC) offers students the opportunity to perform in fully mounted dance concerts. Dance Concerts range from the biannual production the the full length ballet of The Nutcracker to stagings of new contemporary works. DRC holds auditions and rehearsals that are separate from classroom instruction time, so students can focus on technique and artistry during class time. Intermediate and advanced dance classes regularly have an opportunity to perform throughout the community at special events such as the National Tap Dance Day Celebration, St. Patrick’s Day Events and more.

More than Dance

MCA dancers not only have the opportunity to dance but they can also develop leadership and other life skills through participation in our Apprenticeship program and by joining our National Honors Society for Dance Arts Chapter. Parents, Alumni, and Community Members are invited to join our Friends of MCA, a board to help support what is happening at Conservatory and have input into future programming and policy changes.

Proven History of Success

Dance can provide students of any age coordination, balance, strength, and motor skills but it can also teach valuable life skills such as; confidence, teamwork, poise, and perseverance. MCA offers both recreational and pre-professional students what they need to meet their goals. MCA students and alumni have studied at or performed with American Ballet Theatre, Ananya Dance Theatre, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Minnesota Ballet School, Ballet Austin, Milwaukee Ballet School, Continental Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Juilliard, Ordway Theatre,University of Oklahoma, and the Joffery Ballet among others.


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