MCA offers ‘FREE-4-ALL’ day for families


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is having a “FREE-4-ALL” — a day of free classes on January 7, 2017, for the whole family. This event will feature classes for both youth and adults, so bring some friends and try a class or two. All classes are free, but space is limited so preregistration is recommended online, by phone, or in-person.

Participants should wear clothing that is easy to move in; no dance shoes or special attire is required. For tap class, MCA will have tap shoes for use with socks. All other classes may be taken barefoot or in the case of hip hop classes, clean gym shoes (that have not been worn outside) may be worn.

This is also an opportunity to tour classroom and performance spaces, learn about the dance program, meet faculty, and get fitted for dance shoes and tights. Participants who register on this day for any dance or theater class in the winter session will receive $10 off. Classes on January 7 include:


10-10:45 a.m.

My Grown-up & Me

(for children ages 18 months to 3 years, with an adult); only 30 minutes

Ballet I

(for 7- to 13-year-olds)

Ballet 101

(All ages can learn about MCA’s ballet program.)


11-11:45 a.m.

Hip Hop Cardio

(for 14-year-olds through adults)

Musical Theater Acting 

(for 7- to 13-year-olds)


Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Barre Sculpt

(for 14-year-olds through adults)

Tap and Jazz

(for 6- to 13-year-olds)


1-1:45 p.m.


(for 4- to 6-year-olds)

Hip Hop

(for 6- to 13-year-olds)



2-2:45 p.m.

Boys in Motion

(for 4- to 6-year-olds)

Dance Technique

for Boys

(for 7- to 12-year-olds)



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, is a nonprofit organization, offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. For more information, go online to, email, or call 507-453-5500.


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