Monday, June 11, 2012

MCA announces Summer 2012 June programming

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in Dance, Music, Visual Art, and Theatre, year-round.  Community classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered to children as young as 3 years old and adults of any age at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.

With the 2012 Summer Session in full swing, a variety of classes are available for children and adults, ranging from recreation classes to pre-professional training. Most of the June offerings conclude with free performance showcases!

Theatre division offerings include:

Theatre Day Camp I – Destination Imagination
•    June 18-22, 9 to 11:30 a.m., for young people entering grades 2-4; Tuition: $100
•    Students are led through a series of theatre games and exercises designed to encourage and develop their imagination. Music and movement will be incorporated as the students learn acting techniques for the stage.

Theatre Day Camp II – Broadway Bound!
•    June 18-22, 1 to 4:30 p.m., for young people entering grades 5-8; Tuition: $150
•    Students will learn how actors bring unique characters to life using their voice, body, and creativity. Students will learn improvisation, acting technique for the stage, and theatrical numbers from popular Broadway musicals.

Music division offerings include:

NEW! Ukulele Direct
•    June 18-22, 10 a.m. to noon, for students entering grades 6-10; Tuition: $80  (Half price for MCA private lesson students)
•    Students will be introduced to the musical world of the ukulele, starting with the basics of learning chords and strumming patterns to accompany themselves and others. Ukuleles are great for beginners and the skills students will learn are transferrable to guitar and banjo!

Private Music Lessons: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano, Voice
•    Arranged, for students ages 5 to adults
•    Tuition: $75 for 5 lessons, $140 for 10 lessons

Dance division offerings include:

June Ballet V, VI, VII Workshops
•    June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Tuition: $120 (Half price for MCA Summer Dance Intensive participants)
•    Fast intermediate and advanced level of classical ballet, pointe (optional), and variations. These workshops are ideal for the student maintaining their training before attending a summer intensive program.

Dance Camp I: Dance Me a Story!
•    June 25-29, 9 to 11:30 a.m., for young people entering grades kindergarten through 3; Tuition: $100
•    Students will participate in daily technique classes (ballet, creative movement, jazz). Additionally, students will learn the story and choreography of a classical ballet, fairy tale, or fable, which will be performed in a showcase for family and friends at the conclusion of the camp.

Dance Camp II: Dance the Day Away
•    June 25-29, 1 to 4:30 p.m., for young people entering grades 4-8; Tuition: $150
•    Students will participate in daily technique classes (ballet, modern, jazz), theory classes (make-up and costuming, program design, dance vocabulary, dance history and traditions), as well as learn choreography for a final showcase performance.

Class days, times, and tuition vary. Financial need based scholarship are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit, e-mail, or call (507) 453-5500. Interested students may registration online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.