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Summer Dance Intensive

June 16-29, 2024
Summer Dance Intensive - Advanced to Pre-Professional for Ages 11-24

If you are an intermediate or advanced dancer between the ages of 11-24 and eager to elevate your dance skills, this intensive is tailor made for you!  You will spend seven to nine hours of your day studying dance under the direction of seasoned professional instructors.

Nestled in the picturesque river town of Winona, Minnesota, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts provides a nurturing, close-knit, and safe atmosphere to study dance away from home.

At the culmination of the intensive, all students will have the opportunity to showcase their newfound skills and talents in our final day performance. This event will be held in the Academy Theatre, conveniently located within the MCA premises. We extend a warm invitation to the community, as well as,  families and friends of our participants, to join us as audience members for this unforgettable showcase.

Compared to other Summer Dance Intensive options, MCA incorporated more dance hours and a greater variety of classes...MCA is far superior!
Summer Dance Intensive Participant Parent

Tuition & Housing

We understand the importance of a comfortable and safe boarding experience for participants.


MCA offers talent-based scholarships to deserving participants.

This was my daughter's first Summer Dance Intensive experience. She worked harder than she ever has and her knowledge, along with her passion grew every day. A true blessing to watch. Thank you MCA!
Summer Dance Intensive Participant Parent

Audition Tour

La Crosse, WI
January 20 (1:00-3:00 PM)
LaCrosse Dance Centre
2716 Commerce Street
LaCrosse, WI 54603

Winona, MN
April 6 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 W. Howard Street
Winona, MN 55987

Des Moines, IA
February 4 (1:30-3:30 PM)
The Pointe Academy of Ballet & Contemporary Dance
6151 Thornton Ave, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50321

Virtual Class and Audition
March 23 (1:00-3:00 PM)
Click here to fill out the registration form - link will be sent 24 hours before audition.

Additional Locations to be Announced Soon!

Classes Include

  • Ballet, Pointe, and Variations
  • Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)
  • Men’s Batterie and Variations
  • Repertory
  • Jazz
  • Modern
  • Ethnic
  • Rhythm Tap
  • Hip Hop
  • Pilates and Dance Conditioning
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Make-up and Costuming
  • Dance History
  • Dance Composition

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30 AM Breakfast
9–10:45 AM Ballet Technique Class
11 AM–12:15 PM Pointe Technique and Variations
12:15–1:15 PM Lunch & free time
1:15–2:15 PM Theory Class: Dance Costume Design
2:15–3:30 PM Contemporary Dance Technique Class
(modern, jazz, African, hip hop, etc.)
3:45–5:30 PM Repertory for final showcase
5:45–7 PM Dinner and free time
7–9 PM Arts and Culture Experience/Class
9:15 PM Checked into dorms
10 PM In bed
10:30 PM Lights out!

Summer Dance Intensive Guest Artists

Summer Dance Intensive Chaperones

I highly recommend the MCA Intensive Program to any dedicated dance student. The quality of training in multiple disciplines is superb.
Summer Dance Intensive Participant Parent


Tammy Schmidt

Director of Dance, Guest Artist