Dance Concert brings Words from Seuss to Gatsby to Life

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company (DRC) has delighted the Winona community with quality dance productions, featuring local dancers in classical and contemporary works for more than four decades.

The DRC is the pre-professional performance group of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA). Company members participate in rehearsals, technique classes, and stage performances.

For the annual spring concert this year, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company presents a production inspired by literature, entitled Words in Motion.  Inspiration for this year’s program includes:

  • Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go, The Butter Battle, and The Sneetches
  • A quote by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Minnesota author Peg Meier’s book Wishing for a Snow Day

Words in Motion, 
will feature pieces from numerous genres of dance including hip hop, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary ballet and pointe. 

The concert promises delightful choreography performed by an equally delightful company of student dancers.

As a special treat for audience members, Winona’s independent bookseller, The Bookshelf will have a variety of books related to the dance concert available for purchase.

A portion of book purchase proceeds will be donated to MCA to support the dancers and production costs.

Words in Motion will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre.

Read on to learn more about the pieces and what their choreographer has to say about their inspiration and creative process.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and may be ordered online at or at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

For more information about MCA or the DRC, visit, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call 507-453-5500.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 18mo. and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.

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 is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.


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