Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Summer Dance Intensive

July 9-22, 2017

Come experience the nurturing and intimate atmosphere of the 15th annual MCA Summer Dance Intensive, located in the beautiful river town of Winona, Minnesota. If you are an intermediate or advanced dancer between the ages of 11 and 22, who is ready for your dance technique to soar to new heights, then this is the intensive for you! You will spend 7 to 9 hours of your day studying dance in technique classes and rehearsals under the direction of seasoned, professional instructors in the state-of-the-art Valencia Arts Center (VAC). The VAC is conveniently located next door to the Alverna Center where boarding students reside. Auditions at one of our four tour locations or by video submission is required for acceptance.

2017 Summer Dance Intensive Auditions will be held in: Winona, MN (April 1), La Crosse, WI (Jan. 28), Rochester, MN (March 25) and Minneapolis, MN (Feb. 11) Jan.- April. Video auditions are also accepted.

2017 Audition Info     2017 Brochure

Summer Dance Intensive FAQs

 

What are the top three reasons dancers choose our Summer Dance Intensive?
  1. You get to do what you came to do….DANCE! Dancers often classes and rehearsals up to 8-9 hours a day (at many other intensives students may only dance 4-6 hours a day). At MCA all students are a part of the final showcase, when students are not selected for repertoire rehearsals they have alternative dance and theory classes.
  2.  Lots of personal attention… you really get to know the MCA staff, instructors and guest artists.
  3.  Affordability….our Summer Dance Intensive is affordable and free of extra expenses. With the exception of a couple of meals and nominal entertainment on the weekend, all meals and activities are included. There is no need to buy meal cards or write separate checks for tuition, room and board. Attendance for the final showcase and laundry facility usage is also free. (New in 2017- t-shirts will be included!)
What is the typical daily schedule for a student in the intensive?

(Please note, this is a sample schedule)
7:30 am  Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 am  Ballet Class
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Pointe, Classical variations, Pas de deux, or Repertory class
12:15 – 1:30 pm  Lunch and free time in dorm rooms and lounge
1:30 – 2:30 pm  Theory class (Dance History, Make-Up and Costuming, Health and Nutrition, etc.)
2:30 – 4:00 pm  Contemporary dance class (Jazz, modern, etc.)
4:15 – 5:45 pm  Alternative class like Pilates or Repertory class/rehearsal for Showcase
5:45 – 7:00 pm Dinner and free time
7:00 – 8:30 pm Additional rehearsal time, specialty class (Musical Theatre Dance, etc) or free time
9:00 pm Students must be checked into the residence hall for the night
10:00 pm  All students in their rooms
10:30 pm Lights out!

Summer Dance Intensive line-upGuest Artsit Allen Kinzey with Summer Dance Intensive Students 2015-07-17 14.46.59

How long does the 2017 Summer Intensive run and what are the fees?

MCA will hold the Summer Intensive for 2 weeks this year. The program will run Sunday, July 9 – 22, 2017. Tuition only for local students and commuters is only $815. Room & Board is $749 for the entire length of the program and includes laundry, Intensive t-shirt, and all meals with the exception of a couple on the weekend.

Returning students save 25%

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Who performs in the final showcase?

All summer dance intensive students perform in the final showcase.  All students perform in the musical theatre repertoire piece and perform in a variety of demonstrations.  In 2015 selected students performed repertoire in ballet, pointe, variations, and jazz.  In addition  all students performed demonstrations in composition and hip hop. In previous years demonstrations have included flamenco, tap, and modern. The final showcase traditionally lasts around 45 minutes and is complete with costumes and full stage lighting.

SDI 2012 Showcase

How many levels are there in the intensive and what level will I be placed in?

On the first day of the intensive, students will participate in placement classes. Students will be placed in one of two levels: intermediate or advanced. You may be placed in both levels depending on your ability in different dance disciplines. For example, you may be placed in advanced jazz and intermediate ballet. Also, placement may be changed throughout the intensive by visiting guest artists and/or if the MCA faculty see a need for a level change.

Summer Dance Intensive Rehearsal

Where do boarding students stay?

Boarding students reside in the Alverna Center, a beautiful historical building located across the courtyard from the Valencia Arts Center (MCA’s home and where classes are held). The Alverna Center features 24-hour security, free wi-fi, catered meal service, and a solarium for group activities. Students are assigned one or two other roommates. All dorm rooms have private bathrooms and each floor has a community refrigerator, extra towels, sheets and more.  Laundry facilities located in the basement of Alverna and are free for students to use, students are just asked to bring along their own detergent. View photos of Alverna Center below.  An adult chaperone will reside onsite with the students.

Alverna

Dorm Rooms at Alverna during Summer Dance Intensive

What are Meals like for Boarding Students?

 

 

Meals are organized through Chartwells Catering Services.  Breakfast and Lunch are served at the Alverna Center (the dorm building, located across the courtyard from the Valencia Arts Center (Home of MCA).  For breakfast students are able to choose from a variety of options including; cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, toast, and hard-boiled eggs.  Lunches are alternated between hot and cold day options; samples include; build your own sandwiches, fajita bar, mac n’ cheese, salads, and meatball subs.  For dinner students are transported up to the Saint Mary’s University Campus where they can choose from a variety of hot & cold options in a buffet cafeteria setting. Accommodations for dietary concerns or allergies can be addressed on an individual basis.

SDI Students eating in the SMU cafeteria

 

What are MCA's facilities?

MCA is housed inside the Valencia Arts Center (VAC).  Facilities include:

  • Three state-of-the-art dance studios
  • Black Box Theatre
  • Recital Hall
  • Dressing rooms with private lockers
  • Four music practice rooms
  • Costume shop
  • Offices and public lounge

The VAC is handicap accessible and is located on the beautiful and historic St. Theresa Campus in the center of Winona, MN about a mile from the Saint Mary’s University of MN campus.

VAC & MCA Venue

As a student, do I have to participate in all the dance forms offered?

Students must participate in all dance forms throughout the intensive with the exception of tap and hip-hop. These classes will not be offered as frequently as other dance disciplines and are considered optional. Participation is required in all other classes including ballet, pointe (pre pointe for students not yet on pointe), variations, pas de deux, jazz, modern, musical theatre dance, Pilates and theory. Each year we try to highlight at least one form of ethnic dancing such as African, Flaminco, or Irish as well.

 

with Duniya Drum & Dance at MCA's Summer Dance Intensive

What are the meal options for my child if he/she will be a commuter student?

Students who will not be staying in the dorms should eat breakfast before they arrive for the day and pack a sack/box lunch and dinner. Purchasing individual meals in the cafeteria is not an option.

When are my registration materials due?

The application/registration form, essay (for scholarship applicants), photo, and $50.00 non-refundable payment are due by April 15, 2017. The balance of your Summer Intensive tuition and room and board fees may be paid in two equal installments. Checks should be made out to “Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts” or by request may be made through our secure online payment system.

Register Here
What does it mean if my child was placed on the Summer Intensive waiting list?

Your child may have been placed on a waiting list based on their audition process and/or registration availability. Your letter concerning acceptance would have indicated this. After May 1, if additional spots are still available, your child will be contacted for acceptance into the intensive. You may register at that time.

How do I know if my child has been awarded a talent-based scholarship?

New in 2017: Dancers selected for talent-based scholarships will be notified at the time of acceptance and will have a two week time period to accept and register.  If a student who received a scholarship does not choose to attend the MCA Summer Intensive, that scholarship may be passed on to another student. Your child will be contacted if additional scholarships become available.

Do returning students need to audition?

No, if you have been a participant in the MCA Summer Dance Intensive you do not need to audition to participate in the program unless you would like to be considered for a talent based scholarship. We also offer returning students a 25% savings off their entire fee (including room & board).

We value returning students and the experience they bring to the program as well as we love to provide them with new challenges year after year. Returning students can register at any time by filling out this form and sending in a $50 deposit by April 15, 2017.

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When will I receive information about my roommate assignment, orientation/arrival day activities, a daily class schedule, etc.?

Information packets will be sent to all Summer Intensive students by June 1, 2016.

Where is Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts located?

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is located in the beautiful South Eastern Minnesota river town Winona, which is sandwiched between the bluffs. This small town with big arts is home to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, The Great River Shakespeare Festival, Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Midwest Music Fest and more. Winona is home to MCA’s affiliate, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona State University and South Eastern Techinical College. It is a beautiful place take to hike, sit in a cafe, or stroll along the lake path. Families of students attending the intensive may want to plan a family vacation around the camp. Read While in Winona for some ideas of things you might enjoy in Winona.

Parents and students can also take comfort that while in Winona they are also in the city that was named 2016 Number 1 safest college town in America and the 18th safest city in America according to Safewise.

What are MCA's programs for students that are under the age of 11?

Yes, MCA offers a variety of summer camps, classes and workshops. New this year MCA is holding a 2-week Summer Dance Dance Intensive for ages 9 years- high school. The dates coincide with our regular SDI (July 10-21), but it runs 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday. At this time there is no boarding option.

What other Summer Camps & Programs are offered at MCA & Saint Mary's University?

MCA offers summer camps and classes for ages 3-adult. New in 2016 we are offering a Mini-Summer Dance Intensive for dancers ages 9-13 years-old.

Saint Mary’s University offers a variety of summer camps including Basket Ball, Volleyball & Hockey.

If I have more questions whom do I contact?

Please Contact:

Megan Baginewski, MCA Administrative Assistant
mca@smumn.edu
507-453-5500

The professional training and small class sizes make this summer intensive experience phenomenal!

Megan Lynch

SDI participant

My daughter had a wonderful time and I felt like she was very safe there.

Parent of SDI Participant

I am Interested in the MCA Summer Dance Intensive

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I loved the amount of time I got to see my daughter perform!

Parent of SDI Participant

Amber had a wonderful time! She loves all the new friends she met! She loved all the staff members and truly enjoyed herself. Thank you for giving her this opportunity!

Parent of SDI Participant

Sample daily schedule for MCA’s Summer Intensive

Sunday, July 10

3:00 – 5:00 pm New student arrival, tours and check into dorm rooms

5:00 pm Pizza Dinner for ALL SDI 2015 students at the Valencia Arts Center

5:45 – 7:15 pm Theory Class: Goal Setting with Dorm Chaperone, Hannah Schwarze, in S#1

7:45 pm Check into dorms, unpacking and preparing for the weeks ahead! 

10:00 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Monday, July 11

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:30 am Ballet technique class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

10:45 – 11:45 am Pointe technique placement class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:00 – 2:20 pm Jazz technique class with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

2:25 – 3:25 pm Theory Class: History of Jazz Dance with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

3:30 – 4:45 pm Modern technique with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6:00 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:30 pm Musical Theatre Dance with Jen TeBeest in S#1

7:30-8:30 pm Musical Theatre Repertory with Jen TeBeest (ALL dancers) in S#1

9:00 pm Checked into dorms

10:00 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Tuesday, July 12

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:30 am Ballet technique class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

10:35 – 11:35 am Group A Pointe technique class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

11:35 am – 12:30 pm Group B Pointe technique class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:30 – 2:30 pm Theory Class: History of Modern Dance with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

2:35 – 3:15 pm Modern Warm Up with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

3:15 – 4:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

3:15-4:45 pm Alternative Activity for students not in DM Rep with Jamie Schwaba in S#2 (Character Development)

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:15 pm Hip Hop Dance with Jessica Dienger in S#1

7:20 – 8:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

7:20 – 8:45 pm Tap technique class for students not in DM Rep with Christine Martin in S#2

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Wednesday, July 13

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9 – 10:30 am Modern technique class with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Theory and Movement Class: Dance Composition with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:00 – 2:30 pm Ballet technique class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

2:45 pm – 4:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

2:45 – 4:00 pm Pointe technique and variations (students NOT in DM Rep) with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6:00 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:30 pm Musical Theatre Dance with Jen TeBeest in S#1

7:30-8:30 pm Musical Theatre Repertory with Jen TeBeest (ALL dancers) in S#1

9:00 pm Checked into dorms

10:00 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Thursday, July 14

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:30 am Jazz technique class with Dustyn Martincich in S#1

10:45 am – 12:15 pm FINAL repertory for selected students with Dustyn Martincich in Theatre

10:45 am – 12:15 pm Contemporary Ballet Class (students NOT in DM Rep) with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:15 – 2:45 pm Theory Class: The ABC’s of Pointe Shoes with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

3:00 – 4:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

3:00 – 4:30 pm Irish Dance (for dancers NOT in TS Rep) with Hannah Schwarze in S#2

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:15 pm Hip Hop Dance with Jessica Dienger in S#1

7:20 – 8:45 pm Tap technique class (Optional) with Christine Martin in S#2

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Alternate Activity for student not in Rep

Friday, July 15

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:45 am Mixed Level Ballet and Pointe Technique with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Repertory for selected students with Tammy Schmidt S#1

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:30 – 2:30 pm Theory Class: Stage Makeup with Tammy Schmidt in S#1 (Please bring your makeup)

2:45 – 4:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

3:15 – 4:45 pm Jazz Technique for students not in TS Rep with Jessica Dienger in S#2

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:15 pm Modern Technique with Jen Taber-O’Neill in S#1

7:15 – 8:30 pm Improvisation with Jen Taber-O’Neill in S#1

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Saturday, July 16

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:55 am Modern Technique class and Composition with Jen Taber-O’Neill in S#1

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Repertory review (all rep pieces) with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:45 – 3:45 pm African Dance History and Master Class in S#1

4:00 – 5:30 pm Theory Class: Dance Costume Design with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

6:00 pm Dinner – TBA

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Sunday, July 17

8:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center – you get to sleep in a little! 

10:00 am – 12 pm Floor Barre and Ballet Centre Work with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

12:15 pm Lunch location, TBA

Field trip afternoon! Details to follow 

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Monday, July 18

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:30 am Ballet technique with Allan Kinzie in S#1

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group A Pointe Technique with Allan Kinzie in S#1

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group B Pointe Technique with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch at Alverna Center

1:00 – 2:00 pm Theory Class: History of Ballet with Allan Kinzie in S#1

2:15 – 3:15 pm Piyo Class (Pilates and Yoga) with Avin Honecker-Sherman in Theatre

3:15 pm Load bus for Saint Mary’s University

3:30 – 4:45 pm Pool Class at SMU’s Gostomski Fieldhouse with Avin Honecker-Sherman

4:45 – 5:45 pm Dinner and free time

5:45 pm Load bus for the Valencia Arts Center

6:00 – 7:30 pm Musical Theatre Dance with Jen TeBeest in S#1

7:30 – 8:30 pm Musical Theatre Repertory (ALL dancers) with Jen TeBeest in S#1

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Tuesday, July 19

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:30 am Ballet technique with Allan Kinzie in S#1

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group A Pointe Technique with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group B Pointe Technique with Allan Kinzie in S#1

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:15 – 2:30 pm European Character Dance with Allan Kinzie in S#2

2:45 – 4:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Allan Kinzie in S#1

2:45 – 4:15 pm Irish Dance Class (students NOT in AK Rep) with Hannah Schwarze in S#2

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6:00 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:15 pm Hip Hop Dance with Jess Dienger in S#1

7:20 – 8:50 pm Repertory for Selected Students with Allan Kinzie in S#1

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Alternate activity for those not in AK Rep

Wednesday, July 20

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:30 am Ballet technique with Allan Kinzie in S#1

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group A Pointe Technique with Allan Kinzie in S#1

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group B Pointe Technique with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:15 – 2:45 pm Repertory review (Schmidt, Martincich, TeBeest, etc) with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

3:00 – 4:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Allan Kinzie in S#1

3:00 – 4:45 pm Theory Class: Dance Videos and Aesthetics with Tammy Schmidt in the Recital Hall

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6:00 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:30 pm Musical Theatre Dance with Jen TeBeest in S#1

7:30 – 8:30 pm Musical Theatre Repertory (ALL dancers) with Jen TeBeest in S#1

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Thursday, July 21

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9:00 – 10:30 am Ballet technique class with Allan Kinzie in S#1

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group A Pointe Technique with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Group B Pointe Technique with Allan Kinzie in S#1

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:15 – 2:30 pm Floor Barre and Center Work with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

2:45 – 4:45 pm Repertory for selected students with Allan Kinzie in Theatre

2:45 – 4:45 pm Alternative Activity TBA for students NOT in AK Rep, meet Hannah in the Lobby

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6:00 pm Dinner and free time

6:00 – 7:15 pm Hip Hop Dance with Jess Dienger in S#1

7:30 – 8:45 pm FINAL Repertory for selected students with Allan Kinzie in Theatre

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Friday, July 22

7:30 am Breakfast at Alverna Center

9 – 10:30 am Ballet technique with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

10:35-11:35am Group A Pointe technique and variations with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

11:35-12:30pm Group B Pointe technique and variations with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Alverna Center and free time

1:30 – 2:15 pm Warm up class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

2:15 – 2:45 pm Prepare for dress rehearsal (Make-up, hair, etc.) at the Valéncia Arts Center

2:45 – 4:45 pm Dress rehearsal for showcase with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

4:50 pm Bus leaves for dinner on main campus

4:50 – 6:00 pm Dinner and free time

6 – 7:30 pm Theory Class: Body Image and Awareness with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

7:30 – 9 pm Free time and packing

9 pm Checked into dorms

10 pm In bed

10:30 pm Lights out!

Saturday, July 23

8:30 – 9:30 am Packing and cleaning up dorm rooms

9:30 am Late breakfast at Alverna Center 

11:00 am – 12:30 am Ballet technique class with Tammy Schmidt in S#1

12:30 – 1:00 pm Prepare for dress rehearsal (Make-up, hair, etc.) at the Valéncia Arts Center

1:00 – 2:30 pm Dress rehearsal for showcase with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

2:30 – 3:15 pm Pizza party late lunch/early dinner!

3:15 – 4:45 pm Last minute packing and check out of dorms (Parents, please be prepared to help your child

load up their belongings at this time)

5:00 pm Arrive to Theatre and freshen up make-up and hair

5:30 – 6:30 pm Warm up class with Tammy Schmidt in Theatre

7:00 pm Showcase Performance!

Meet the Guest Artists and Faculty for MCA’s 2017 Summer Dance Intensive:

(current as of 3/28/17, subject to change, more instructors will be added)

Allan Kinzie - Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Ensemble of Texas

Allan Kinzie has been a Ballet Master and Choreographer for the past twenty six years. Some of the works he has created have been, “Coppelia”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Appalachian Spring”, “Scenes de Ballet”, and “Trauma into Light” to name a few. HIs ballets have been performed in Europe and the United States and his most recent work “Evensong” to music of Arvo Part was recently performed in the international finals of the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City. As a dancer, Mr. Kinzie performed with Dallas Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy, Ballet du Nord, and the Boston Ballet. Mr. Kinzie has toured extensively and performed with Rudolph Nureyev in his production of Don Quixote in fifteen foreign countries. Although choreographing with an emphasis on contemporary composers and movement invention is a passion, Mr. Kinzie is an accomplished Master Teacher and has taught at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Boston Ballet School, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and the University of Oklahoma.

Deborah Elias - Flamenco Dancer/Choreographer

Deborah Elias is a flamenco dancer/choreographer, participatory artist, and teacher. Originally a classical musician, she fell in love with flamenco after watching Carlos Saura’s film masterpiece “Carmen” and has never looked back. She is a prominent performer and collaborator with nationally-recognized innovator Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, with whom she has worked for over 20 years. She also creates and produces her own work under the auspices of Deborah Elias Danza Española. Her work celebrates the communal nature of flamenco, through both formal performance-based pieces and more organic expressions that blur the line between performer and audience, embodying elements of procession, sing-along, and flashmob, in site-specific and installation settings. She carries a strong sense of musicality in her dancing and choreography, and continues exploring this through artistic endeavors including the Coro Flamenco Street Choir, which she founded in 2015. Ms. Elias is a devoted teaching artist, sharing flamenco with more than 500 children and young adults each year in intensive artist residencies in K-12 schools through COMPAS and the education program she created, Flamenco In-the-Schools. She has also taught at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, St. Paul Ballet, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, University of Minnesota, and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre. She has received support for her work from the Knight Foundation, Forecast Public Art, Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, including a coveted Next Step Fund grant. She recently returned from a study trip to Spain, filled with inspiration.

Rachael Nehring- MCA & Saint Mary's University Faculty

Nehring has been studying ballet since she was four years old. Nehring has studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia with the Mussorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov School. Nehring was a member of a pre-professional company for 12 years prior to graduation from Butler University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Pedagogy. Some of her roles have included the Rat Queen in The Nutcracker, Berthe in Giselle, Queen Mother in Sleeping Beauty, all with the Butler Ballet; and Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland with Alexandra Ballet Company. Nehring has taught for the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance for three years. Her work with the Dance Repertory Company (DRC) includes serving as rehearsal assistant and choreographer for the 2008 and 2010 Nutcracker productions as well as choreographing original works for the DRC II in 2009, 2011 and 2015 and DRC Spring Concert 2016.  She plans to further her education by obtaining her Masters in Dance.

Tammy Schmidt- MCA Director of Dance

Tammy Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ballet from Texas Christian University and a Master of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Oklahoma. As director of dance, Schmidt leads and teaches in the dance division of MCA as well as the dance minor program at Saint Mary’s University. Additionally, she serves as artistic director for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company.  Schmidt has restaged and choreographed several contemporary works and full-length ballets for the company including: Cinderella, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Excerpts from Swan Lake, the Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, A Tender Age, and The Southern Ties that Bind.  She has previously taught at Viterbo University, Winona State University, the La Crosse Dance Centre, the University of Oklahoma, North Houston Ballet, Backstage Dance Theatre, and a performing arts middle school in Austin, Texas. Her performing career includes work with Ballet Dallas, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Milwaukee Ballet, and Oklahoma Festival Ballet.

Sharon Mansur - Modern Dancer/Choreographer

Originally from the East Coast, Sharon Mansur is a dance and visual artist integrating movement and images within live performance events, site-specific installations and dance films.  She is currently based in Winona, MN, and her dance films have been screened throughout the U.S. as well as Ireland, Canada, Germany and Italy. variation on residue won Best Performance Award at the Mirror Mountain Film Festival in 2015.  Sharon has been a dance professor at Winona State University and the University of Maryland, and was recently a guest artist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Luther College, and the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. She has guest taught at several other universities, dance festivals and studios, including at MCA’s Summer Dance Intensive.  Sharon is currently on staff at Infinity Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Winona as a Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki energy healing practitioner and Somatic educator, and curates their SHIFT~ performance salons.  www.mansurdance.com

Jessica Dienger - MCA Hip Hop, Tap & Jazz Faculty

Dienger studies at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts in her youth. At the age of 19 , she began teaching hip hop and jazz. After taking a three-year break from the dance world, Dienger returned to the Conservatory last year to participate in the 40th Anniversary Concert. Currently Dienger resides in Onalaska, WI.

Jamie Schwaba- Managing Director of MCA & Theatre Instructor

Schwaba holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Communications from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and is currently pursing a Masters degree in Adult and Continuing Education Leadership through University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  Before relocating to Winona for this position she was the Director of Continuing Education and Children’s Theatre Director at University of Wisconsin- Marinette from 2007-2014.  Also while living in Marinette Schwaba was an active member of the Menominee Area Arts Council who’s mission was to promote, educate and support local arts activities.  Prior to living in Marinette she spent 8 years in the Milwaukee area where she was the Education Director at Milwaukee Youth Theatre, taught at First Stage Milwaukee, Danceworks, To The Pointe Fine Arts Academy and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music as well as performed professionally with Skylight Music Theatre, Discovery World and Windfall Theatre.

Ryan Cappleman - Skylight Music Theatre & University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ryan Cappleman, B.F.A in Inter-Arts Musical Theatre Performance from Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. A Milwaukee native, Cappleman is a performer, choreographer, director, musician, and teacher. He has performed Off Broadway, in Chicago, and in Milwaukee with the Skylight, In Tandem Theater, Vogel Hall, First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Sunset Playhouse, and Windfall Theater. Ryan has won six Tommy Awards for choreography and direction, working with many area high schools and universities. Ryan teaches for danceworks, and has taught previously at First Stage, Children’s Theater of Madison, Northbrook Theater for Young Audiences, and The Virginia State Thespian Conference.

Jennifer Taber-O'Neill- MCA Faculty, Align Barre, and Cecchetti Grade I teacher certified

Jennifer Taber-O’Neill holds an M.A. in Dance Education from Barat College and a Bachelor of Dance Arts from the University of Michigan. Taber-O’Neill has taught at Winona State University, College of Lake County, Lansing Community College, and at numerous conferences, studios and academies throughout the Midwest. Currently, Ms. Taber-O’Neill is on faculty at Rochester Community and Technical College and Saint Mary’s University, Winona. Taber-O’Neill was the Artistic Director of the Pre-Professional Program and the Education Director for Allegro School of Dance and Music in Rochester, Minnesota. Jennifer is Align Barre, Leap ‘N Learn, Cecchetti Grade I teacher certified and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. Taber-O’Neill’s original works have been performed by many colleges and companies including the College of Lake County, Lansing Community College, and the Children’s Dance Theater Her performance experience includes Happendance Company, Revival Dance and the Emily Berry Dance Company (now B3W).

Avin Honecker-Sherman - MCA Faculty & Certified Pilates Instructor

Honecker-Sherman is a graduate from Winona State University with a B.A. in Professional Studies: Dance and Movement Studies. She has performed with MCA’s Dance Repertory Company as well as performing for WSU, the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Ballet Arts City Children’s Nutcracker Project, American College Dance Festivals, Sam Costas “10,000 Dances” Company, Sweets of May Irish Dance, Children’s Dance Theatre, and many other community performances. Honecker-Sherman is a graduate of Perpich Center for Arts Education and has also been a guest teacher. Her teaching experience includes ballet, modern, jazz, tap, clogging, improvisation, swing, and Irish dance. She is also a Personal Fitness Trainer, is a certified instructor in Pilates, and is skilled in kickboxing, land and water aerobics, and weight training.

Meet the Guest Artists and Faculty for MCA’s Past Summer Dance Intensives

Allan Kinzie - Associate Artistic Director of Ballet Ensemble of Texas

Allan Kinzie has been a Ballet Master and Choreographer for the past twenty six years. Some of the works he has created have been, “Coppelia”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Appalachian Spring”, “Scenes de Ballet”, and “Trauma into Light” to name a few. HIs ballets have been performed in Europe and the United States and his most recent work “Evensong” to music of Arvo Part was recently performed in the international finals of the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City. As a dancer, Mr. Kinzie performed with Dallas Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, Ballet Theatre Francais de Nancy, Ballet du Nord, and the Boston Ballet. Mr. Kinzie has toured extensively and performed with Rudolph Nureyev in his production of Don Quixote in fifteen foreign countries. Although choreographing with an emphasis on contemporary composers and movement invention is a passion, Mr. Kinzie is an accomplished Master Teacher and has taught at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, the Boston Ballet School, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and the University of Oklahoma.

Tammy Schmidt- MCA Director of Dance

Tammy Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ballet from Texas Christian University and a Master of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Oklahoma. As director of dance, Schmidt leads and teaches in the dance division of MCA as well as the dance minor program at Saint Mary’s University. Additionally, she serves as artistic director for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company.  Schmidt has restaged and choreographed several contemporary works and full-length ballets for the company including: Cinderella, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Excerpts from Swan Lake, the Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, A Tender Age, and The Southern Ties that Bind.  She has previously taught at Viterbo University, Winona State University, the La Crosse Dance Centre, the University of Oklahoma, North Houston Ballet, Backstage Dance Theatre, and a performing arts middle school in Austin, Texas. Her performing career includes work with Ballet Dallas, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin, Milwaukee Ballet, and Oklahoma Festival Ballet.

Jae Hoon Lim - Instructor Ballet Austin

Jae Hoon Lim, a native of South Korea, began his dance career in San Diego in 1997 with San Diego Dance Theatre under the direction of Jean Isaacs. He has since danced with Koresh Dance Company, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Chicago Civic Ballet, Brandywine Ballet, and River North Chicago Dance Company; working with renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, Alberto Alonso, Paul Selwin and Roni Koresh.

Jae Hoon has a BFA in dance from The University of the Arts and a MFA in dance from Temple University. He received his Power Pilates Comprehensive Certification in 2012, and is also a Reiki practitioner. Jae Hoon believes in joyful and healthy living through the harmony of mind, body and spirit and finds great pleasure in helping his students live exuberant lives.

Whitney McClusky of Duniya Drum and Dance

New this year students will be introduced to traditional dances from West Africa. The class will even include live drumming. Duniya Drum & Dance is based out of the Twin Cities and offers a variety of workshops, classes and performances focused on the traditions of West Africa.

Jennifer Taber-O'Neill- MCA Faculty, Align Barre, and Cecchetti Grade I teacher certified

Jennifer Taber-O’Neill holds an M.A. in Dance Education from Barat College and a Bachelor of Dance Arts from the University of Michigan. Taber-O’Neill has taught at Winona State University, College of Lake County, Lansing Community College, and at numerous conferences, studios and academies throughout the Midwest. Currently, Ms. Taber-O’Neill is on faculty at Rochester Community and Technical College and Saint Mary’s University, Winona. Taber-O’Neill was the Artistic Director of the Pre-Professional Program and the Education Director for Allegro School of Dance and Music in Rochester, Minnesota. Jennifer is Align Barre, Leap ‘N Learn, Cecchetti Grade I teacher certified and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. Taber-O’Neill’s original works have been performed by many colleges and companies including the College of Lake County, Lansing Community College, and the Children’s Dance Theater Her performance experience includes Happendance Company, Revival Dance and the Emily Berry Dance Company (now B3W).

Jamie Schwaba- Managing Director of MCA & Theatre Instructor

Schwaba holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Communications from Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and is currently pursing a Masters degree in Adult and Continuing Education Leadership through University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  Before relocating to Winona for this position she was the Director of Continuing Education and Children’s Theatre Director at University of Wisconsin- Marinette from 2007-2014.  Also while living in Marinette Schwaba was an active member of the Menominee Area Arts Council who’s mission was to promote, educate and support local arts activities.  Prior to living in Marinette she spent 8 years in the Milwaukee area where she was the Education Director at Milwaukee Youth Theatre, taught at First Stage Milwaukee, Danceworks, To The Pointe Fine Arts Academy and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music as well as performed professionally with Skylight Music Theatre, Discovery World and Windfall Theatre.

Christine Martin - Dance Faculty at Saint Mary's University and Winona State University

Martin has been a faculty member at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts since 1994 and served as managing director from 1999 to 2012. She also teaches dance for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Viterbo University, and Winona State University.  Martin previously taught at Virginia Luoma Dance Studio and Viterbo University. Martin’s performing career includes work with the Minneapolis-based tap company, Keane Sense of Rhythm at: The Minneapolis and Thunder Bay, Canada Fringe Festivals, the Minneapolis and Chicago Human Rhythm Projects, and Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker Arts Center. She has staged and choreographed a variety of original works and excerpts for Classical ballet’s for the MCA’s Dance Repertory Company including Paquita, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. Martin has choreographed several musicals including A Chorus Line, Baby, Cabaret, Company, Dames at Sea, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors, ShowtuneUrinetown,and The Wizard of Oz for Gilmore Creek Summer Theatre, Home and Community Options, SMU’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and WSU’s Theatre and dance Department. Martin is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.

Dustyn Matincich - Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance at Bucknell University

Martincich received her M.F.A. in Dance (performance and choreography) from Smith College, and her Honors B.A. in Theatre and English from Marquette University. She is a principal artist with Core Project Chicago, and has worked with The Arc Theatre Chicago, Matter Dance Chicago, and The Monocle Eclectic. Her work has been shown at the EMP Collective in Baltimore, Going Dutch Festival in Chicago, Dance Chicago New Moves Festival, and the Around the Coyote Festival. She has choreographed and performed for the musical theatre and concert dance stages, and has taught at Smith, Mount Holyoke College, UMASS-Amherst, Winona State University, as well as at the World Dance Assembly conference in Madison, WI and the American College Dance Festivals in Boston, Madison, and State College. Dustyn’s artistic interests investigate narrative possibilities in jazz and contemporary genres, while creating work that is sophisticated and entertaining for the audience and the performers. She is also interested in interdisciplinary pedagogies and collaborative projects. Serving as an assistant professor of theatre and dance at Bucknell University, Dustyn specializes in jazz technique and beginning acting, with special interests in musical theatre dance, 20th century American social dance, as well as the study of movement for the actor and acting for the dancer. She is certified in Pilates training. She is very excited to return to MCA and work with the amazing students and faculty for a 6th year!

Jen TeBeest - MCA & La Crosse Dance Center Faculty

TeBeest started dance training at age four and continued to study ballet, jazz, modern and tap at La Crosse Dance Centre.  She served as a dance instructor at LDC in 1999-2000 before going on to study modern at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She continued to study dance at Viterbo University in La Crosse where she choreographed for the Dance Minor’s concerts in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Jen graduated cum laude in 2005 with a B.A. in English Writing and minor emphases in Dance and Art-Graphic Design.  Jen has attended numerous festivals over the years, including:  Miami Dance Festival in the summer of 2001; the American College Dance Festival in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013; the PULSE workshop in Minneapolis in 2008 and 2009; the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in 2008, the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project Summer Intensive in 2010, and was fortunate enough to work with Broadway tap legend Ted Levy through his work with La Crosse Dance Centre in 2006 and 2007. Jen is on summer staff at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts in Winona, MN and served as year-round staff from 2005-2010, while also choreographing for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company and Dance Repertory Company II in 2008 and 2009. Jen’s choreography was featured in 2009’s “Dancescape” at Winona State University. She has choreographed numerous musicals throughout the area over the last twelve years, including “Oklahoma,” “L’il Abner,” “King and I,” “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” and “42nd Street;” “Seussical the Musical” for Appleseed Community Theatre in 2009; and the annual summer musical with Home and Community Options of Winona from 2006-2012. Currently, she is enjoying her sixth year as an instructor at Viterbo University in La Crosse, her eighth year of teaching at Winona State University and fourth year at Saint Mary’s University in Winona. Jen  choreographed for LDC’s “100 Minutes,” performed in May 2013 at Viterbo Fine Arts Center and as well as for HCO’s summer production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in June 2013.

Rachael Nehring- MCA & Saint Mary's University Faculty

Nehring has been studying ballet since she was four years old. Nehring has studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia with the Mussorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov School. Nehring was a member of a pre-professional company for 12 years prior to graduation from Butler University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Pedagogy. Some of her roles have included the Rat Queen in The Nutcracker, Berthe in Giselle, Queen Mother in Sleeping Beauty, all with the Butler Ballet; and Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland with Alexandra Ballet Company. Nehring has taught for the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance for three years. Her work with the Dance Repertory Company (DRC) includes serving as rehearsal assistant and choreographer for the 2008 and 2010 Nutcracker productions as well as choreographing original works for the DRC II in 2009, 2011 and 2015 and DRC Spring Concert 2016.  She plans to further her education by obtaining her Masters in Dance.

Avin Honecker-Sherman - MCA Faculty & Certified Pilates Instructor

Honecker-Sherman is a graduate from Winona State University with a B.A. in Professional Studies: Dance and Movement Studies. She has performed with MCA’s Dance Repertory Company as well as performing for WSU, the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Ballet Arts City Children’s Nutcracker Project, American College Dance Festivals, Sam Costas “10,000 Dances” Company, Sweets of May Irish Dance, Children’s Dance Theatre, and many other community performances. Honecker-Sherman is a graduate of Perpich Center for Arts Education and has also been a guest teacher. Her teaching experience includes ballet, modern, jazz, tap, clogging, improvisation, swing, and Irish dance. She is also a Personal Fitness Trainer, is a certified instructor in Pilates, and is skilled in kickboxing, land and water aerobics, and weight training.

Jessica Dienger - MCA Hip Hop, Tap & Jazz Faculty

Dienger studies at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts in her youth. At the age of 19 , she began teaching hip hop and jazz. After taking a three-year break from the dance world, Dienger returned to the Conservatory last year to participate in the 40th Anniversary Concert. Currently Dienger resides in Onalaska, WI.

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