Summer Dance Intensive

The MCA Summer Dance Intensive, offers comprehensive dance training for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 11 to 22. Auditions are required for acceptance. Boarding and non-boarding camp options available. Students will enjoy 4-6 classes per day including technique, theory, repertoire, and rehearsals for the final showcase.  With the exception of water aerobics, all classes and rehearsals are housed in the the state-of-the-art Valencia Arts Center (VAC).  The VAC is conveniently located next door to the Alverna Center where boarding students reside. Answers to your frequently asked questions.

MCA's 13th Annual

Summer Dance Intensive 2015- July 12-25

Audition Sites:

La Crosse Dance Center,La Crosse, WI- Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10 am- 12 pm

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Winona, MN- Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 am- 12 pm

Cowles Center/James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis, MN- Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 1 pm- 3 pm

The auditions will include a full ballet class. Students with pointe experience should bring pointe shoes to the audition class. Following the ballet class students may choose to show a prepared jazz, modern, tap, or character dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars. Showing a prepared piece is optional.

Video Audition Guidelines:

For students who are unable to attend one of the audition classes, video auditions will also be accepted. The cutoff date for video submissions is April 20, 2015. Send videos along with dancer name, age, phone number, email, address and parent or guardian name to:  Minnestoa Conservatory for the Arts, Attn:  Jamie Schwaba, 1164 W. 10th St., Winona, MN 55987 or virtually to

Please include the following on your video:

A ballet barre including the following on alternate sides:  

, tendu, dégagé
, rond de jambe and fondu
, frappe
, developpé or adagio
, and grand battement

A ballet center including the following on both sides:

adagio, pirouette combination with en dehors and en dedans turns
, petite allegro
, and grand allegro
A jazz, modern, tap, or character dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars.

Tutition Only:  $750

Tutition (room & board included):  $1,450.00

Returning students save: Tuition only: $600, Tuition including room & board: $1,160.

Classes are held at MCA's home the start-of-the-art Valencia Arts Center (VAC):

Boarding students enjoy meals at and reside at the Alverna Center located across the courtyard from the VAC: