Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


Tuned Up and Ready to Play!

The piano in the studio just got tuned awaiting the arrival of pianist Cagdas Soylar. She will accompany weekday children’s class for three weeks starting on Tuesday, September 28 as a pilot program to use live music for classes. It has been a longtime plan to have live music for classes at Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA). Live music is unusual these days but it is hoped that it will add to the learning and joy of class for the students of MAA.

Historically, all dance classes were accompanied by live music, usually piano for ballet and drums for modern. Interestingly, music for dance was once considered lower, not serious. We have have American Modern Dance Pioneer, Isadora Duncan, to thank for helping to change this attitude. Much to the establishments chagrin, she chose to dance to works from “serious” concert composers such as Beethoven and Gluck. Now it is common for dances to be made to any kind of music the choreographer chooses. Duncan also was an early proponent of using dance to explore social themes.

For MAA’s live music pilot, Soylar and MAA Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, will use three suites of music; Sergei S. Prokofiev’s Music for Children op. 65 (1935), Dmitri Shostakovich’s Dances of the Dolls (1952-62), and Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album op. 29 (1878).


Dancing for the Stroll!

Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) is honored to be invited to dance at the Inman Park Wine Stroll. The event will take place on Saturday, October 23 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm on the porches and in the galleries in the historic Inman Park Neighborhood. Tickets are $50. MAA will be performing at 764 Edgewood Avenue at from 1:15 pm until 3:15 on the half-hour.

The Inman Park Wine Stroll is an annual fundraiser for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. 2021 will be the 8th year of this fun event. This year will be the first year that the event will be held on neighborhood porches and in neighborhood art galleries and will include music, visual art and dance.

Participating in this event is part of MAA’s Outreach Performance Program. The public is welcome to come and enjoy the days activates without partaking of the wine.


Welcome to Kinderdance

Thank you to parent, Morgan Grace Honeycutt, for sharing this beautiful picture.

Our first day of classes included welcoming new students to Kinderdance. Our youngest students met the Ballet Bunnies; Betty, Bernard, Bella and Benedict, learned the Pink Foot, Blue Foot Song and made their first attempts at the ever-loved Chicken Hop.

Movement Arts Atlanta’s 2021/2022 Season includes classes for ages 3 through adult in Kinderdance, Ballet, Modern and Children’s Yoga. A full schedule of classes with descriptions if available here. MAA welcomes students throughout the Season.


Back to Dance!

School writing-book with text Back to School and school subjects.

Movement Arts Atlanta’s  2021/2022 Season’s classes begin tomorrow Tuesday, August 24th. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students. MAA offers classes for ages three through adult in Kinderdance, Ballet, Modern and Yoga. A complete schedule of classes is available here.

MAA welcomes students throughout the season with professional instruction, small class size and inclusive tuition rates.


Choices, A Second Look

The following post was first published in 2018. This certainly seems a long time ago. The tone is a bit flippant but all the same reasons to choose Movement Arts Atlanta apply; attitude of service, professional instruction, all inclusive tuition.

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With all the choices that families and individuals have for dance training in a city as large as Atlanta, why should you choose Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA)? Here are three reasons to consider; we are not like the airlines, our classes are not childcare, this is not our first rodeo.

We are not like the airlines, we do not charge junk fees. MAA tuition includes all costs except dance clothes and shoes for the student. MAA does not charge registration fees. You are not asked to pay for being our customer. The costs related to student performances (costumes, theatre rental, tickets) are included in tuition. Performance are a part of the training experience, our product, so, why would you pay separately for this service?

There is a time and a place for childcare, but it is not dance class. All MAA classes are purposefully kept small. These small classes provide real, joyful training at any age. Time in a MAA class is about supporting the student, improving and inspiring. Real work gets done. FYI, these principals apply to our adult classes, too.

We have done this before and know that experience and training matter. Yes, even for the little ones. In fact, especially for the youngest students. MAA’s Director and primary instructor, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, has more than 25 years of experience teaching, directing and choreographing. Dance is what she does. She studied teaching in college, danced professionally and has taken continuing education courses throughout her career.. She and her colleagues are always looking for ways to be better instructors.

We all have choices to make in life and at Movement Arts Atlanta, we choose to see what we do as a privilege and a profession.


Let’s Celebrate – Free Outdoor Modern Class

Come dance! In celebration of the beginning of the 2021/2022 Season of Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA), children and adults are invited to take a free Multi-Age Modern class on Saturday, August 21 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in Delta Park, 40 Delta Place NE, 30307. All ages are welcome, wear moveable clothes, flexible soled sneakers, bring a yoga mat and water.

MAA classes begin on Tuesday, August 24th and include classes for ages 3 through adult in Kinderdance, ballet, modern and yoga. This season includes the addition of Children’s Yoga and Young Men’s Ballet. A complete schedule of classes is available here.


Outreach Performance Program

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the development of the Outreach Performance Program. This program will give the students of MAA the opportunity to perform in the community. It is open to current students of MAA who are able to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. The focus for the 2021/2022 Season is senior living facilities.

Two performance series are planned, one for the Summer/Fall Semester and a second for the Winter/Spring Semester. Each series will have two performance at senior living facilities. One confirmed facility is Wesley Woods Tower. The Summer/Fall performance repertoire will have a joyful, holiday theme celebrating the gift of dance. The Winter/Spring performance will be an adaption of work presented as part of the Annual Student Recital.

The Outreach Performance Program was piloted in the June of 2021 with a performance at Wesley Woods Tower. Ten of MAA’s students performed for residents of Wesley Woods Towers on Thursday, June 10 in the beautiful courtyard. Several section of the Annual Student Recital’s Music Box Ballerinas were performed as well as Good Fun. Following the performance, the students spent time chatting with the residents including one that had been a dancer. She happily shared her memories of dance and her scrapbook of photographs and newspaper clippings.

The Performance Outreach Program details are available here.


New Season Schedule and Registration is Live

We are excited to announce that the 2021/2022 Season classes are posted and registration is live! The Season’s classes will begin on Tuesday, August 24. The new season includes classes for age 3 through adult in Kinderdance, Ballet, Young Men’s Ballet, Adult Ballet, Children’s Yoga and Multi-Age Modern. Here is a link to class descriptions and schedule.

Movement Arts Atlanta offers professional instruction, small class size and unique inclusive tuition. MAA Director has more than 30 years of teaching experience. Indoor classes are limited to eight student and outdoor classes are limited to twelve. At MAA, tuition covers instruction and participation in the annual Student Recital.


Recital Video Posted!

While we are working on getting this year’s schedule of class up and registration underway, you are invited to take a look at the lovely film of the 2021 Student Recital. The afternoon’s performance included six ballet classes and one modern class. The video can be found here.


New Schedule to Post Next Week

The Movement Arts Atlanta 2021-2022 Season class schedule and registration information will be posted next week, week of July 25th. Classes for ages 3 years through adult will begin the week of August 24. We look forward to being of service to you and your family!