Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


We Have Begun and You Are Welcome to Join Us

The 2019/2020 Season is off to a wonderful start this week. We have welcomed back families and had the pleasure of meeting new ones. And, we are happy to welcome your family.

Movement Arts Atlanta chooses to welcome new students throughout the semester and we would be happy to welcome your child. There is availability at all levels for ages 3+. Here is a link to all class descriptions.

 

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New Season Registration Open

The 2019-2020 Season of Movement Arts Atlanta will begin on August 11 and registration is open for all students. Celebrating its 7th year of serving students and families, MAA offers high-quality classes for ages 3+ with small class size, professional instruction and modest tuition rates.

Class schedule, description and tuition rates are available here.

Children’s instruction begins with Kinderdance for ages three and four. This leads to the study of classical ballet for ages five and six with Ballet I. As the child gets older, tap is added to improve rhythm, support balance and foster performance quality. As students reach early adolescence, ladies add pointe work to their ballet vocabulary.

Class size is limited for all of MAA classes. This is to ensure individual attention for all students, both children and adults. This is particularly important for younger students so that they learn that dance class is a time of focused, joyful work.

MAA’s primary instructor and director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, has more than 30 years of teaching experience. As a native of Atlanta she trained with Southern Ballet of Atlanta. She then attended Virginia Intermont College which was highly respected for its teacher training curriculum. She has danced professionally and is the founder and director of the annual Inman Park Dance Festival.

Tuition for MAA classes is paid as a flat fee per semester. Instead of charging separate registration, tuition and recital fees, two semester payments include all costs related to participating in classes except for clothing and shoes. Rates begin at $19 per hour and discounts are applied for multiple students per family and for multiple classes per student.

Movement Arts Atlanta is an excellent choice for dance training in town for both children and adults. MAA looks forward to being of service to you and your family.


World Dance Camp News

Movement Arts Atlanta and the Freedom Park Preschool are on the third day of the World Dance Camp. The children are having a fun time, building strength and skills.

Each day has started with a movement class that includes some yoga, ballet and the development of gross motor skills. After a short break, the students study a new dance each day.

On Monday, the dancers learned the Meringue and Bachata. Both of these dances are from the island of Haiti. The children had fun with the movement and with learning how to dance with a partner.

On Tuesday, we went across the PacificĀ  Ocean to West Africa. The children made shakers based on the Caxix of Ghana. After learning some basic vocabulary for this dance form, the children took turns playing for each other as accompanists.

Wednesday was the day for the Hula. This is a very fun dance to learn. The dancers made lei from silk flowers and wore them for their dancing. Take a visit to our See What We Do Page for a short video of their work.

For Thursday, the students will try Intertribal Dance. This Native American dance is open to all dancers. The dancers will make their own ankle bells to add to the experience.

On Friday, the dancers will work in a large group to give Square Dancing a try. This American favorite developed out of the social dances of the mid to late 1800s.

Movement Arts Atlanta partners annually with Freedom Park Preschool to offer this camp to early elementary students.

 

 


World Dance Camp

For a second summer, Movement Arts Atlanta will partner with Freedom Park Preschool to offer World Dance Camp. This is a week-long, half-day camp for ages 5 – 8 that travels the world via dance. Taking place July 8 – 12, each day will begin with a creative movement/modern dance class. This will be followed by a dance lesson and craft for a world dance form. Planned dances are Hula, classical Indian, Native American and South American.

Camp registration and details are available at the Freedom Park Preschool website here.


Summer Short Term – Give Dance a Try

Movement Arts Atlanta’s Summer Short Term will take place from June 10-27, 2019. This three-week, bi-weekly semester will over Kinderdance for ages 3 and 4, Ballet I for ages 5 and 6 and Ballet II with Tap for ages 7+. Private coaching is also available for students age 11 and up.

Classes will take place either on a Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule during the three weeks. This compact and short schedule is designed to accommodate trying dance training for a child or continuing training around summer family plans.

Please visit the Ballet & Tap Classes page for complete details with class descriptions, class times and instruction on how to register for classes.


The Magic Garden

Movement Arts Atlanta is proud to announce its annual student recital. The Magic Garden will be presented on Saturday, May 18 at 5:00 pm at the International Montessori Academy, 1240 Euclid Avenue NE, 30307. The performance is free and open to the public.

The early evening’s performance will include a fun tap number and an original story ballet. The Magic Garden‘s cast include all the MAA’s students from age three. The libretto begins with the Moon Fairy, Sun Fairy, and the small fairies preparing the flowers to bloom for Spring. Their work is interrupted by a group of friends taking a picnic. One of the small fairies plays a trick and does the magic that allows the friends to see the fairies and their work with the flowers. The Mood Fairy and the Sun Fairy then decided to welcome the friends and invite them to help with the work in the garden.

 


Winter/Spring Semester Starts Monday, January 7

The Winter/Spring Semester of the 2018-2019 Season of Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) starts Monday, January 7, 2019. There have been some changes to the schedule. To see these changes and to view current class availability please visit theĀ Classes & Schedule page. MAA welcomes new students throughout the season.

MAA offers class for students age 3+. Very young students attend Kinderdance which works on class taking skill, gross motor movements and fosters the joy of dance. Classical Ballet vocabulary is offered starting at at 5. Tap is added to Ballet classes starting with Ballet II for ages 7+. Students age 11 and older who are taking three class per week can start exercise for Pointe. Adults are welcome to Adult Dance which combines yoga, physical therapy exercise and classical ballet.

MAA’s class sizes are small and all tuition is based on a rate of $18 per hour. Tuition includes participation in the Spring Recital in May.