Dance at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
MCA’s dance division includes class offerings for ages 18months to adult, beginning through advanced levels. Genres offered include: ballet, pointe, creative movement and modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, clogging, Irish, belly dancing, and fitness classes. Classes focus on the development of technique as well as artistry. Courses within MCA’s core curriculum incorporate yearly written evaluations completed by the student’s instructor and the director of dance and include recommendations for level placement and advancement.
MCA’s dance program does not participate in competitions, nor does it do recitals. The Conservatory’s Dance Repertory Company puts on a biannual Nutcracker, as well as a full-length performance every April. This production is either a full-length story ballet, or contemporary dance concert choreographed by a variety of professional choreographers from across the region. For the winters in years that there is not a Nutcracker, MCA produces a dance showcase in our black box theatre for the younger dancers, as well as pieces choreographed by students that have taken the Choreography class at the Conservatory. When possible dance classes also perform at local establishments and events.
MCA is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Students at the university, or those taking a post-secondary option for high school, can get university credit towards their major, minor or PE credit, when they take an upper level MCA dance class. Our younger dancers also get the opportunity to perform in main-stage university productions, due to this connection, such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, etc.
MCA’s dance division offers students exciting technique classes and performance opportunities in a nurturing and rigorous but non-competitive environment with qualified instructors. MCA successfully prepares students for future arts-related professional and educational pursuits. Students and alumni have studied at or performed with: American Ballet Theatre, Ananya Dance Theatre,Ballet Austin, Ballet Chicago, Butler University, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Colorado Ballet, Columbia College, Continental Ballet, Eastman School of Music – Rochester University, Joffery Ballet, Juilliard, Limon Dance Company, Milwaukee Ballet School, Minnesota Ballet School, Minnesota Dance Theatre’s The Dance Institute, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Saint Olaf College, St. Paul City Ballet, Texas Christian University, The Laban Institute, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Missouri Kansas City, University of Oklahoma, and Wichita State University among others. Wether your child dreams of dancing professionally or just wants to reek the benefits of a fun, enriching, quality dance education MCA has a program for you!
To ensure the continuous education of both our instructors and students MCA is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Schools and National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). As a member of NDEO MCA is also sponsors Junior (6th-8th grade), Secondary (High School), and Collegiate National Honors Society for Dance Arts Chapters to help recognize dancers accomplishments and commitments and further the field of dance education.
General Information– including dress codes, observation policy and more
See MCA dancers in action during a variety of classes and performances in the videos below: