Wednesday, November 03, 2010

MCA offers free dance workshops for boys and men Nov. 9-12

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold free Dance Technique for Boys classes and Men’s Dance workshops Nov. 9-12.

With instruction by visiting guest artist Allen Fields, the dance classes are a great opportunity for male students to build athletic endurance, balance and coordination. MCA offers nurturing classes with both male and female instructors, allowing male students to feel comfortable while building technique, creativity and confidence.

The classes will run from Tuesday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Nov. 12, at MCA’s Valencia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St., and will focus on developing physical technique used in Classical and contemporary dance disciplines, such as ballet, modern and jazz. The Dance Technique for Boys classes are for male students ages 8-12 and will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. The Men’s Dance workshops are for male students ages 13-21 and will be held from 6 to 7 p.m.

Pas de deux workshops

Fields will also instruct Pas de deux workshops from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Male students ages 13-21 and intermediate and advanced female ballet students on pointe are invited to attend these free workshops as well. Students will learn the basics of classical partnering work.

The tuition waiver for these activities is made possible in part by a grant from the Sewell Family Foundation.

Advance registration for the Dance Technique for Boys classes, Men’s Dance and the Pas de deux workshops is required. Register online at or in person at MCA’s Valencia Arts Center. For more information, call (507) 453-5500.