Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Thank You McGinnis Family!

A happy moment after class with students, Campbell Tate and Rhona McGinnis, Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin and pianist Cagdas Soylar

The McGinnis Family is Movement Arts Atlanta’s first patrons of the Live Music Patronage Program. We are truly grateful for another week of live music for classes on Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 14.

Three out of the five members of the McGinnis Family dance with MAA. Mom, Amity takes Adult Ballet and Mulit-Age Modern. Daughter, Mab takes Ballet III and Multi-Age Modern. And, daughter, Rhona takes Ballet II. The McGinnis family has been a part of the MAA community since 2018.

More information about the Live Music Patronage Program can be found here.

Live Music Patronage Program

For three weeks in the month of October, Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) has piloted having live piano accompaniment for weekday children’s classes, Kinderdance through Ballet III. This has been a great pleasure for the students, their families, our guest pianist Cagdas Soylar and Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin. There are two ways that MAA would like to continue this support of live music.

First, is with patronage support to continue with live music for the classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The cost per week for the two days is $200. A family or an individual may sponsor a day of classes at $100, a week at $200, multiple weeks at the rate of $200 or the remainder of the semester which at the time of publishing this post is $1,400.

The second way that MAA will manage the Live Music Patronage Program is with in-studio salon concerts. These will be live performances at the Druid Circle studio with small audiences. The first is planned for Sunday, November 21 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Suggested gift to the artist will be $20 and light snacks and drinks will be served. Details of repertoire and reservation information will be announced soon.

To become a part of the the Live Music Patronage Program, please email or call Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin for the management of your gift at or 404-663-1155 respectively.

Live Broadcast This Week – Oct 12 & 13

Because we are about to go into our third week with live music for class, Movement Arts Atlanta invites parents, friends and family to join us to watch and listen to weekday children’s classes. It has been such a pleasure to have our pianist, Cagdas Soylar. The live broadcast will be available via MAA’s Facebook page at this link.

Here is the schedule for the week:

  • Kinderdance – Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
  • Ballet I – Wednesday, October 13, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
  • Ballet II – Wednesday, October 13, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Ballet III – Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

MAA welcomes new students throughout the season. For further information about classes offered, please visit the Classes & Schedule page. We also offer private coaching, podded classes and sibling classes.

Adult Beginning Ballet – New Time

Movement Arts Atlanta’s Adult Beginning Ballet Class has a new time as of October 14th. This one-hour class will now be from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Thursdays. New students are always welcome and to try a class is complementary. The regular rate (semester) is $22 and the drop in rate is $25.

This class uses classical ballet to support balance, flexibility and joyful movement. The class adapts to its attendees welcoming both the absolute beginner and the returning student.

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.


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.