Category Archives: Dance

Auditions for “The Nutcracker” Ballet at MCA

On Saturday, September 8th, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) welcomes all dancers aged 5 years – adult to our free auditions for our upcoming biennial performances of “The Nutcracker” ballet. Younger dancers should expect auditions to last approximately one hour, with older dancers expecting at least 2 hours.

  • Beginning times for auditions:
    5-6 year olds – 3pm
    7-9 year olds – 3:45pm
    10+ years – 4:45pm
  • Auditions will be held at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ home, the Valencia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN.
  • The Nutcracker will be performed Nov. 28-Dec. 2 @ Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. Tickets will be available at

For more information: call 507-453-5500, email or visit

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MCA Showcase for Summer Dance Intensive

Saturday | July 28 | 7:00pm Saint Mary’s Page Theatre | 700 Terrace Heights The community is invited to a FREE dance performance which will showcase what the Summer Dance Intensive students have learned during their three-week camp at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA). Enjoy performance demonstrations in ballet, pointe variations, jazz, modern… Continue Reading

Winona dance artist Sharon Mansur receives McKnight Fellowship

Winona based dance artist Sharon Mansur was recently awarded a 2018 McKnight Fellowship for Dancers! McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers provide fellowship awards to individual mid-career choreographers and dancers who reside in Minnesota.  The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and Dancers are designed to enrich and strengthen our community by acknowledging… Continue Reading

Affinity for Dance presents Are We There Yet?

A Senior Show by Sarah Hannan, entering St. Mary’s University, and Laura Linsmeier, graduate of UW-L Friday | June 29 | 7:30pm Old Main | 20869 College Ave. Galesville, WI With Dancers, Elizabeth Henriksen, Shelby Hornberg, Katrina Olson, Kate Peak, Erin Schwartz, Makenzie Stammeyer, and Madison Twitchell. Tickets available at the door: $10 Adults, $5 College… Continue Reading

MCA Showcase for Mini-Summer Dance Intensive

Friday | June 29 | 6:30pm Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts 1164 W Howard St. The community is invited to a FREE dance performance which will showcase what the Mini-Summer Dance Intensive students have learned during their two week camp at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA).  Come enjoy a variety of dance genres including ballet, jazz, modern, musical… Continue Reading


Friday | April 20 | 7:30-9:30pm Saturday | April 21 | 7:30-9:30pm Sunday | April 22 | 3:00-5:00pm Page Theatre | 700 Terrace Heights Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ Dance Repertory Company (DRC) is excited to present the classical ballet Cinderella. The enchanting music of Sergei Prokofiev brings this much loved fairy tale to life.… Continue Reading

Stories that Move

Wednesdays | April 4, 11, 18, 25, and May 2, 9, 16, 23 | Noon-1:30pm Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts | 1164 W. Howard (10th) St. Ages: Adults 55+ years Teaching Artist: Jennifer Taber-O’Neill Price: FREE thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies. Stories that Move is an… Continue Reading

…in the space between

Sharon Mansur February 19-28, 2018 Watkins Gallery | Winona State University Winona based contemporary dance/visual artist Sharon Mansur will conduct an open studio/lab at the Watkins Gallery, experimenting with actions and images related to the intimacy of in-betweenness. Visitors are invited to view a creative process unfolding in the moment, and join in simple tasks… Continue Reading

Dancescape 2018

WSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents their 28th annual Dancescape concert Thursday | February 15 | 7:30pm Friday | February 16 | 7:30pm Saturday | February 17 | 7:30pm Vivian Fusillo Main Stage | Performing Arts Center Winona State University Featuring choreography created and performed by students, faculty, and guest choreographers, the event will… Continue Reading