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July 9-27

Summer Intensive 2012

1164 West 10th Street Winona, MN 55987


Permit 99

Winona, MN

Non-Profit Org.

U.S. Postage Paid

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Summer Intensive Program July 9-27, 2012 Comprehensive dance training for ages 11-25 Boarding & commuter options available


(507) 453-5501

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Audition Sites

Students may choose to audition at one of the following locations: • James Sewell Ballet Studio 2A at the Hennepin Center for the Arts 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 Saturday, March 3, 2012, noon to 2 p.m. For more information call (507) 453-5501 or (612) 375-1922

• Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts at the Valéncia Arts Center 1164 West 10th Street, Winona, MN 55987 Saturday, March 17, 2012, noon to 2 p.m. For more information call (507) 453-5501

The auditions will include a full ballet class. Students with pointe experience should bring pointe shoes to the audition class. Following the ballet class students may choose to show a prepared jazz, modern, tap, or character dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars.

APPLICATION • MCA Summer Intensive 2012 ~ July 9 - 27 All application materials are due by April 16, 2012. Complete form below, attach essay and photo, clip and mail to: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 1164 West 10th Street, Winona, MN 55987.

Student Name: Age and birth date: Mailing address: City, State, Zip: Student E-mail address: Parent/Guardian Name (if applicable): Parent/Guardian E-mail address (if applicable): Home phone: Student cell phone:

Parent/Guardian work phone: Parent/Guardian cell phone:

Emergency contact name and phone:

I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR: ! The three-week intensive including room and board ($1,900.00) ! The three-week intensive without room and board ($1,000.00)

Video Audition Guidelines

For students who are unable to attend one of the above audition classes, video auditions will also be accepted. Videos must be received by April 2, 2012. Please include the following on your video: • A ballet barre including the following on alternate sides: - plié - tendu - dégagé - rond de jambe and fondu - frappé - developpé or adagio - grand battement

• A ballet center including the following on both sides:

- adagio - pirouette combination with en dehors and en dedans turns - petite allegro - grand allegro

• A jazz, modern, tap, or character dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars.


Check the box below if you would like to be considered for a talent-based scholarship. ! Yes, I would like to be considered for a talent based scholarship (Scholarship recipients will be contacted by e-mail or letter by or before April 10, 2012) 1) Attach a short essay describing your dance background including: dance disciplines studied, teachers and schools you have studied at, years studied and performance experiences. 2) Attach a photo of yourself in first arabesque. 3) I auditioned for the Conservatory Summer Intensive at: ! James Sewell Ballet, Minneapolis, Minn. on March 3 ! Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Winona, Minn. on March 17 ! I am auditioning by video (please see video audition guidelines) If the applicant is under 18, parent/guardian signature is required: I understand that my signature gives my child permission to participate in the MCA Summer Intensive classes, free time activities, and receive boarding with chaperoned campus housing if desired. I have read the information about placement, observation of classes, tuition, room and board, and payment plan and agree to comply with MCA’s policies. I understand that MCA is not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur within a dance class, in the dormitories, or on the Saint Teresa Campus of Saint Mary’s University. I give permission to MCA to use photos or videos taken of my child in class/rehearsal/during activities for the school’s promotional materials. I understand that the MCA Summer Intensive has a maximum and minimum enrollment and all programs are subject to change or cancellation.

Parent/Guardian Signature


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Dress Code: • Ballet: Females – pink tights, pink ballet slippers/pointe shoes and a black leotard, hair

pulled tightly off the face and neck, in a bun. A black skirt may be worn for pointe and/or variations classes. Males – white t-shirt, black sweat pants, leggings or tights,dance belt, and black or white ballet slippers.

Classes and Curriculum

Students will enjoy 4-6 classes per day including technique, theory, repertoire and rehearsals for the final showcase.

• Ballet

• Modern: Females – Any colored leotard, black tights, dance pants, bare feet, and hair

• Pointe and Variations (for female students)

pulled off face and neck. Males – Any colored t-shirt, dance pants and bare feet.

• Jazz: Females – Any colored leotard, black tights, dance pants, jazz shoes, jazz sneakers or

• Men’s Batterie and Variations (for male students)

dance paws, and hair pulled off the face and neck. Males – Any colored t-shirt, dance pants and jazz shoes or jazz sneakers.

• Repertory

• Pilates or Conditioning classes: Females – Any colored t-shirt or leotard, dance pants and bare feet. Males – Any colored t-shirt, dance pants and bare feet.

• Pas de deux

• Tap (optional): Females – Any colored t-shirt or leotard, dance pants, oxford style or jazz taps

(not character or high heel taps), and hair pulled off the face and neck. Males – Any colored t-shirt, dance pants and oxford style or jazz taps.

• Jazz

• Hip Hop (optional): Females – Any colored t-shirt or leotard, dance pants, tennis shoes or jazz

sneakers, and hair pulled off the face and neck. Males – Any colored t-shirt, dance pants and tennis shoes or jazz sneakers.

• Modern • Contact/Improvisation

Tuition, Room and Board, & Payment Plan

• Rhythm Tap (optional)

Tuition and Room and Board Options:

• Hip Hop (optional)

• The three-week intensive including room and board ($1,900.00) • The three-week intensive without room and board ($1,000.00) • Pilates and Dance Conditioning

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit, which will be credited towards your total, must accompany the student’s registration/application form. The form and initial payment are due no later than April 16, 2012. If you register/apply for the MCA Summer Intensive and cannot participate due to injury, illness, family emergency, or if MCA is required to modify the length of the Intensive, no other fees will be charged to you, however, the initial $50.00 payment is non-refundable. Credit can be applied to future sessions, but no refunds can be given. The balance of the Summer Intensive fee may be paid in two equal installments, on or before May 1, 2012, and on or before June 1, 2012.

• Water Aerobics • Musical Theatre Dance • Health and Nutrition

All students who choose to live on campus for the MCA Summer Intensive will stay at the Alverna Center on the Saint Mary’s University Saint Teresa campus, just 1/2 block from the Valéncia Arts Center. Students will have an adult chaperone staying in the dorms with them. In addition to housing, students will receive three meals per day, provided by Chartwells Educational Dining Services, at a campus dining hall. 9

• Make-up and Costuming • Dance History 2

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General Information

• The Valéncia Arts Center

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

- Three dance studios with sprung wood floors and marley overlay - Black box theatre - Recital hall - Dressing rooms with private lockers - Library - Four music practice rooms - Costume shop - Administrative offices

School History: MCA began 39 years ago in a one-room studio under the direction of Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin as “The Ballet School.” Today, MCA is located at the Valéncia Arts Center on the Saint Teresa Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. MCA is an affiliate program of SMU, a member of the SMU School of the Arts, and works closely with the SMU Department of Theatre and Dance and Cotter High School, offering accreditation for classes.

• Alverna Center

- Secure entrances – key access only - Kitchenette areas on each floor with microwave, refrigerator, and phone - Dorm rooms with private bathrooms - Solarium for group gatherings and activities - Lower level kitchen and breakfast nook

• Saint Mary’s University Performance Center

- 455-seat Joseph Page Theatre - Figliulo Recital Hall - Black box theatre - Costume shop - Spacious green room, dressing rooms and make-up rooms - Administrative offices

Mission Statement: The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, a non-profit arts organization, exists to provide quality arts education and performance by nurturing and encouraging artistic expression in children and adults. Our service to the community ranges from recreational to pre-professional performing and visual arts curriculum and programming designed to provide physical and aesthetic benefits, heightened self-respect, discipline, and confidence. Vision: Our vision includes fostering an appreciation for the full-spectrum of the arts. We continue to reach audiences by building relationships with professional companies, choreographers, musicians, and teachers. Location: The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is housed in the Valéncia Arts Center on the Saint Mary’s University Saint Teresa Campus in Winona, Minnesota. Winona is a safe, picturesque river town with beautiful bluffs, a historic downtown, two universities, and a population of 30,000. Winona is 30 miles from La Crosse, Wis. (offering shopping and fine dining), 45 miles from Rochester, Minn. (home of the Mayo Clinic), and 125 miles from the Twin Cities metro area (including the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America). Placement: Placement for the MCA Summer Intensive is at the discretion of the directors. Placement will be decided from the audition class/video and from a placement class on the first day of the Intensive. If a level change is needed from the original placement, the directors will make this change within the first week of the Intensive.

• Saint Mary’s University Gostomski Fieldhouse - Indoor basketball and volleyball courts - Olympic-size swimming pool - Indoor track - Weight room - Fitness equipment - Dance studio

Questions?: Questions about the Summer Intensive may be directed to Christine Martin, Managing Director, at or (507) 453-5501. To Learn More: For more information about Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, visit To learn more about Saint Mary’s University, its programs and locations, visit



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MCA Summer Intensive Faculty and Staff

Activities and Field Trips

Genevieve Draskoci-Johnson – Adjunct Faculty: Draskoci-Johnson began teaching ballet, jazz

and hip-hop at MCA a decade ago and returned in 2010 to share her talents once again. She has taught for Winona State University, Viterbo University, Bally Total Fitness, California’s D.A.R.E. Plus Program, and the National Catholic Student Coalition annual leadership conference in Minneapolis. Draskoci-Johnson also coached Cotter High School’s Varsity Dance Team for one season. Her choreography has been shown in the MCA’s Dance Repertory Company productions, Winona State University productions, Winona Middle School’s Nifty Fifties, Wabasha-Kellogg High School’s South Pacific, Home and Community Options production of The Music Man, and an original play Winona: A Romantic Tragedy. Draskoci-Johnson trained at MCA for nine years and performed in many DRC productions with soloist roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Paquita in the ballet Paquita. Additionally, she has studied dance and performed at Winona State University and multiple American College Dance Festivals. She is a member of Two Lakes Dance Project and is currently obtaining her degree at Winona State University.

Avin Honecker-Sherman – Adjunct Faculty: 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.

Christine Martin – Managing Director & Adjunct Faculty: Martin has been a faculty member at MCA since 1994 and has served as managing director for the last thirteen years. She also teaches dance for the Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance, and has taught at Viterbo University, Virginia Luoma Dance Studio, and Winona State 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 Choreographers Evening at the Walker Arts Center. She has choreographed a variety of original works for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company and has choreographed for theatrical productions such as: A Chorus Line, Baby, Cabaret, Company, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Little Shop of Horrors, Showtune, and The Wizard of Oz. Martin is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a B.A. in public relations. Jennifer TeBeest – Adjunct Faculty: TeBeest began her dance training as a young child in

La Crosse, Wis., studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern dance. She went on to study modern dance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. TeBeest continued her studies at Viterbo University, choreographing for multiple student showcases, while teaching jazz at La Crosse Dance Centre. TeBeest graduated cum laude from Viterbo University with a B.A. in English, and minor emphases in dance and graphic design. She has choreographed numerous musicals for Wisconsin and Minnesota high schools, along with Home and Community Options’ annual summer musicals. TeBeest has attended Miami Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival, The PULSE, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, where she studied with Ted Levy, Sam Weber, Jason Samuels Smith and Billy Siegenfeld. Currently, TeBeest teaches at La Crosse Dance Centre, Saint Mary’s University, Viterbo University, Winona State University, and at MCA.


• Swimming

• Shopping

• Hiking

• Horseback riding • Game & movie nights • Mini-Golf

• Free time for relaxation

Performance Showcase Friday, July 27 • 7 p.m.

The Summer Intensive final showcase will be presented to parents, families and friends of the students and the public on the closing night of the Intensive program, Friday, July 27, 2012 at 7 p.m. Admission to the showcase is free. Students will perform Classical and contemporary works and variations learned throughout the Intensive. Students will present original and re-staged choreography of the MCA faculty and the Summer Intensive guest artists.

Meet the Dorm Chaperone Juliana Piscitiello: Piscitiello is an M.F.A. candidate at Columbia

College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Arts & Media program and holds a B.A. in Performance Studies from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to beginning her studies in Chicago, she was an adjunct faculty member for MCA’s dance division and the SMU dance minor as well as a choreographer for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company. She began her ballet training at age three with MCA’s founder, Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin, and continued to train extensively in both Classical and contemporary dance forms with such master instructors as Li-Chou Cheng, Susan Douglas Roberts, Allen Fields, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Ceyhun Oszoy, Ellen Page Shelton, and Tammy Schmidt. She’s had the opportunity to attend a plethora of workshops and master classes over the years with such names as Fernando Bujones, Adrienne Clancy, Ted Kivitt, Mia Michaels, James Sewell, Danial Shapiro, Luc Vanier, and Bryant Young. Piscitiello was an original member of MCA’s DRC and has performed with the company as recently as 2008. Her Classical roles include Paquita in Paquita, a Wicked Stepsister in Cinderella, Coulante in Sleeping Beauty, and Ballerina Doll, Peppermint Flute, and Spanish Chocolate in The Nutcracker. This will be Piscitiello’s fifth year as the MCA Summer Intensive dorm chaperone.


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MCA Summer Intensive Guest Artists Stephanie Milling: Milling completed her Ph.D. in Dance at Texas Woman’s University where she concurrently completed an M.A. in Women’s Studies. During her doctoral studies at TWU, she began an M.A. in Women’s Studies, which she finished in 2008. Milling also holds an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University and a B.A. in French from Texas Christian University. While completing her graduate work at TWU, she designed and taught face-to-face and online courses in the Department of Dance and Women’s Studies Program. Throughout her career, Milling has taught in a wide variety of artistic and educational environments. She has worked as a teaching artist and full-time dance educator with the New York City Board of Education, as a part-time lecturer at Texas Christian University, and as an adjunct at the University of North Texas. In addition, she has also been a company teacher for Dallas Black Dance Theatre I and II, and a guest artist for the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, and at the Making Waves Dance Festival. In 2004, Milling was awarded for her excellence in teaching by TWU’s Department of Dance, and in 2007 she was one of eight graduate students in the U.S. to receive the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Her creative and scholarly work has been presented at the Joyce Soho, the D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Barefoot Brigade in Dallas, Texas, the Annual Conference for the National Dance Education Organization, and in the Journal of Dance Education. Milling began her formal dance training in high school at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she graduated with honors in dance. In conjunction with the Walnut Hill School, she studied at the Boston Ballet School, and her summers were spent studying at the Houston Ballet Academy and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She has performed as a company member and guest artist with the Dayton Ballet, Berkshire Ballet, Tressor Dance Company, Contemporary Dance Fort Worth, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and the Von Howard Project as well as others. She has also performed and assumed the role of dance captain for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach. In Texas, Milling served on the major grant panel for the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. She has served as President of the South Carolina Dance Association and sits on the Advisory Council for the South Carolina Dance Education Organization. MCA welcomes back Ms. Milling. Dustyn Martincich: 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 member of Matter Dance Chicago and CORE PROJECT Chicago. She has performed and choreographed for DanceChicago New Moves Festival, Around the Coyote, and most recently at Links Hall in Chicago. She has choreographed, performed and collaborated for the musical theatre, concert dance, and theatrical stages and served as movement director for the Arc Theatre Company in Chicago. She has taught at Smith, Mount Holyoke College, UMASSAmherst, Winona State University, and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, as well as at the World Dance Assembly conference in Madison, Wis., and the American College Dance Festivals in Boston and Madison. Martincich’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 participates in interdisciplinary pedagogies and collaborative projects, like the FACEing Race Project at Bucknell University (a semester-long collaborative project with other professors and students from English, Poetry, Music, Art and Theatre). Serving as an assistant professor of theatre and dance at Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., Martincich 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. MCA welcomes back Ms. Martincich. 5

Karla Grotting: Grotting is a founding member, principal dancer and artistic associate with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, and is now in her 21st year with the company. She toured nationally for 7 years with JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski and has performed in works by Max Pollak, Lane Alexander, Billy Siegenfeld and others. Grotting creates her own works which blend the unique styles of her tap, jazz, modern and percussive dance experiences and has set original works on the Flying Foot Forum, The Eclectic Edge Ensemble and the Keane Sense of Rhythm Social Club. Grotting is currently on faculty at the University of Minnesota; her awards include the University of Minnesota Student’s Choice Award for Outstanding Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts, a 2007 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers and 2010 Sage Nomination for Outstanding Educator. She teaches a jazz music-based class that blends the history of jazz music and social jazz dance styles with technical dancing influenced by modern, ballet and tap. MCA welcomes back Ms. Grotting. Jeffrey Peterson: Peterson specializes in teaching modern, jazz, and partnering, emphasizing personal conviction of craft and artistry while exploring the dynamism of movement. He has previously served on faculty in the dance departments at Hamline University, Marymount Manhattan College, St. Olaf College, Saint Mary’s University, and Winona State University. Peterson currently teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. Peterson has also set original choreography on students at The University of Minnesota-Morris, Eden Prairie High School, Breck High School, the Minnesota Arts High School/Perpich Center for Arts Education, The Children’s Theatre Company, and Zenon Dance School. Peterson holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and an M.F.A. in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Peterson has previously choreographed for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company and has served as a guest artist in MCA’s 2009-2010 academic year and the MCA 2010 Summer Intensive. MCA welcomes back Mr. Peterson. Tammy Schmidt: Schmidt holds a B.F.A. in ballet from Texas Christian University and an M.F.A. in dance from the University of Oklahoma. During the academic year, Schmidt serves as the Director of Dance for the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and Artistic Director for MCA’s Dance Repertory Company. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor of Dance for Saint Mary’s University’s dance minor program. Schmidt has restaged and choreographed several full-length ballets for the company including: Cinderella, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Excerpts from Swan Lake, and La Bayadè re’s “Kingdom of the Shades.” Schmidt received the State of Oklahoma’s Miguel Terekhov award for her original ballet, A Tender Age. Schmidt is a member of the American College Dance Festival Association and the National Dance Education Association. 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. MCA welcomes back Ms. Schmidt. 6

MCA Summer Dance Intensive Catalog  
MCA Summer Dance Intensive Catalog  

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