Thursday, July 22, 2010

Conservatory’s summer dance showcase scheduled for Friday

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present a dance showcase at 7 p.m. Friday, July 23, at the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre, 1164 West 10th St.

The showcase, which is free and open to the public, features works that the students from the MCA Summer Intensive program have learned in the three-week dance camp. A variety of dance forms will be presented, including classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, flamenco and modern dance. The works were choreographed by MCA guest artists Deborah Elias, Allen Fields, Dustyn Martincich, Stephanie Milling, Jeffrey Peterson and Tammy Schmidt.

In addition to learning showcase pieces, students have been participating in comprehensive dance training, including technique and theory classes. Class studies have included ballet, pointe, men’s class, variations, pas de deux, repertory, jazz, hip hop, rhythm tap, modern, musical theatre dance, pilates, yoga, water aerobics, acting for the dancer, choreography and improvisation.

The intermediate and advanced students from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, ranging in age from 12 to 22, were selected for the program by audition.

For more information about the Summer Intensive Showcase or future MCA program offerings, call Ext. 5500 or visit