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Recital Time is Here – Join Us Saturday, May 21, 3:00P

After months of work and a week of rehearsals, the time for the Annual Student Recital has arrived! Movement Arts Atlanta invites you to join us on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 pm in Delta Park for Blackberry Ball. The performance is free and open to the public. Please, bring your own seating.

The performance will include a story ballet. Blackberry Ball were a group of friends come together to enjoy the fiddle playing of the Squirrel. There is some mischief from the Naughty Mushrooms but the Forest Friends and the Beautiful Birds, led by the Cardinal and the Eastern Blue Bird, set things in order and the ball continues.

The story ballet will be followed by a modern piece, A Walz for Fanny. The dance is study in the use of the triplet with dashes of early modern dance pioneers Isadora Duncan, José Limón and May O’Donnell. It is set to a tune that celebrates the beauty of a young woman named Fanny Power by Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670–1738).

The performance will be accompanied by live music. Master fiddle player, Moira Nelligan will play for both the story ballet and the modern piece. She and MAA Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, collaborated on the selection of tunes for the program. The majority are traditional tunes which have been played for several hundred years. The selection for the modern piece by O’Carolan dates from 1730.

A Time with Isadora: Update

A Time with Isadora, Movement Arts Atlanta’s (MAA) current major project, is making progress! Following are several updates, information about performances and what to look forward to next.

Since March 3, A Time with Isadora has raised $5,435 towards the first phase goal of $6,000. We hope to meet this goal by April 30. This first phase includes supporting the reconstruction of excepts from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora and the performance of these three dances during the Inman Park Dance Festival. After April 30, fundraising for the second phase of the project will begin. For this phase the goal is $9,000 which will support the reconstruction of an original Isadora Duncan work, commissions for three new dances by Atlanta choreographers and the performance of all of these dances on September 29 at the Trolley Barn.

From April 1 through April 4, Movement Arts Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, hosted Natalie Desch the Limón Foundation Reconstructor. She worked with three Atlanta based artists, Julie Feracota, Andie Knudson, and Mercy Matthews, who learn the solos, Primavera, Maenad and Niobe, which are three of the five dances of Limón’s Dances for Isadora. In addition to teaching these solos, Ms. Desch also taught two masterclasses which were attended by dancers from ages 10 to 75. The work of the weekend was joyful and engaging. These events were documented with photographs taken by John Ramspott. Here is a gallery of some of the reconstruction rehearsals and here is a gallery of one of the master classes.

During the last month, the three choreographers for the commissioned works have been confirmed. New works based on the theme of A Time with Isadora, how one artist influences many, will be made by: Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, Director of Movement Arts Atlanta; Douglas Scott, Artistic/Executive Director of Full Radius Dance; and, George Staib, Artistic Director of Staib Dance.

The first performance of the project will be the presentation of the three solos from Dances for Isadora at the Inman Park Dance Festival (IPDF). IPDF will celebrate it 20th anniversary during two free performances on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in the Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Avenue, 30307. MAA along with Atlanta Historic Dance, Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, the Georgia Ballet, and ImmerseATL will perform works spanning 350 years of concert dance; Baroque, ballet and modern.

Next steps for A Time with Isadora are exciting and numerous. Details about a documentary film are just around the corner. There will be more fundraising with solicitation of donations and sponsorships, a raffle and perhaps a champaign (Isadora’s favorite drink) tasting. There will be the reconstruction of an original Isadora Duncan work. Support will be provided to the commissioned artists as they make the new works for the project. And of course, all the details will need to be managed for the major performance of the project in September at the Trolley Barn.

20th Inman Park Dance Festival

Photo by John Ramspott

Movement Arts Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Inman Park Dance Festival which she directs and is part of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes.

The Inman Park Dance Festival is one of the many ways that the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes supports the performing arts. The two free shows present both classical ballet and modern dance in a family friendly format at The Trolley Barn on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm. For this 20th anniversary festival, IPDF will present a program which spans more than 350 years of concert dance by presenting the following Atlanta area companies; Atlanta Historic Dance, Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, The Georgia Ballet, ImmerseATL and Movement Arts Atlanta.

The first time period represented in the dance festival is mid-1600s. Atlanta Historic Dance will perform work from this period when social dance began to transition into concert dance. In fact, classical ballet marks its birth in 1661 with the opening of the first school for training dancers by France’s King Louis XIV, an accomplished dancer himself.

The Georgia Ballet will represent the Classical era of ballet with and excerpt from Paquita.  Originally dating from 1846 and a staple of ballet companies around the world, the version presented will honor the restaging of Marius Petipa in 1882. TGB’s artistic and technical prowess will make these 140-year-old dances a joy for the audience.

Next, the dance festival will pay homage to the roots of Modern Dance with experts from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora. Choreographed at the end of Mr. Limón’s life in 1971, this work pays homage to Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) who is considered the Mother of Modern Dance. When curating this year’s anniversary dance festival, I was unable to find a company performing early modern work. In true Inman Park fashion (don’t have what is needed, find a way to make it happen), I have organized the reconstruction of the work on Atlanta dance artists through Movement Arts Atlanta’s first major project, A Time with Isadora.

Coming into the 21st century, ImmerceATL will showcase young contemporary artists. Founded in 2017 by Atlanta native, Sarah J. Hillmer, ImmerceATL is a training and mentorship program for immerging artists bridging the pre-professional life with the professional life of an artist.

Full Radius Dance (FRD) is Atlanta’s globally recognized leader in physical integrate dance. FRD is the only company which has appeared in every performance of the IPDF. Both a leader in the community and a supportive friend of the dance festival, this modern company’s work is both strong in its physicality and nuanced in its artistic expression.

Ballethnic’s outstanding blend of ballet and West African dance is also widely recognized. Another long-time performer (15 out of 20 festivals) and friend of the dance festival, Ballethnic’s unique movement vocabulary and frequent live music accompaniment is always a crowd pleaser. For 2022, both Ballethnic’s professional and pre-professional ensembles will perform.

It is noteworthy that the IPDF is the only free admission dance festival that presents both ballet and modern in its programs and compensates the participating companies. In its 20-year history, the Inman Park Dance Festival with the support of The Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes and Inman Park Neighbors will have presented 39 free performances to tens-of-thousands of audience members and engaged hundreds of Georgia artists. This is worth celebrating!

Time for an Unveiling!


On Saturday, April 16, Movement Arts Atlanta will dance at 6:30 pm in Springvale Park as a part of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association’s unveiling. The celebration will honor the Olmstead 200 and the 50th Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes. The event is free and open to the public, please bring your own seating and refreshments.

The statue to be unveiled is by Amy Seen and entitled Springvale Park Nature Goddess. It will be made from natural materials from local forests and adorned with butterfly wings. These wings are a nod to Inman Park’s symbol which is a butterfly looking both back and forward.

MAA’s Multi-Age Beginning Modern Class will perform a quartet to Fanny Power’s Walz entitled A Waltz with Fanny. There will also be vocal performance by Ashley Tate.

Annual Student Recital – Blackberry Ball with Live Music

Movement Arts Atlanta will present its Annual Student Recital on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 3:00 pm in Delta Park. The afternoon’s show will present a story ballet entitled Blackberry Ballet and a modern dance accompanied by live music. The performance is free and open to the public.

Blackberry Ball is inspired by a small children’s puzzle and the social dances knows as quadrilles from the mid 1800s. The cast will feature a flock of birds, a group of forest friends, some mischievous mushrooms and a fiddle playing squire. These characters gather to dance for each other and together at the ball. This will be followed by a modern dance set to the Fanny Power’s Waltz. This lovely tune date from before 1730 and was composed by Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670–1738). This well-loved tune celebrates the beauty of a young lady, Frances Power.

The performance will be accompanied by live fiddle playing. Moira Nelligan, singer, fiddler and multi-instrumentalist will play. She and MAA Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, collaborated to select the tunes for the afternoon’s dances. Ms. Nelligan is a master performer and educator who perpetuates Irish, Americana, and World Roots songs and instrumental music.

Please, bring your own seating to the performance.

Sources: Fanny Power. (2019, May 6). Traditional Tune Archive.

A Time with Isadora – A Major Project for MAA

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the beginning of its inaugural major project, A Time with Isadora. The project will present conversation and performance around the phenomenon of the “Mother of Modern Dance,” Isadora Duncan with original Duncan work, excerpts from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora and new works by Atlanta dance artists.

The first event of the project will be two Limón master classes with Natalie Desch. These will take place while Ms. Desch is in Atlanta to set the excerpts from Limón’s Dances for Isadora. The classes will take place Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at Dance Foundry. Further information about the classes and registration is available here. The cost of each class is $30, a package of two classes is $45.

The preliminary performance of the project will be the performance of two of Limón Dances for Isadora as part of the 20th Anniversary Inman Park Dance Festival which is a program of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes. The dance festival’s two free performances will take place Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in The Trolley Barn. The performances will include dances spanning more that 350 years of dance history with performance by Atlanta Historic Dance, Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, The Georgia Ballet, ImmerseATL and Movement Arts Atlanta.

During the period of May 2022 and September 2022, the project will continue with the reconstruction of an original Duncan work from the early 20th century and the commissioning of new works with the themes of one artist’s influence on another, how artists are inspired to make work and the misconceptions around how the creation of this work happens.

The second performance of the project will be a salon style performance that will include the Duncan selection, three excerpts from Dances for Isadora, the new works by Atlanta area choreographers and a moderated discussion on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 pm at The Trolley Barn. Tickets are available here.

Fundraising for this project is underway. Friends of Inman Park has agreed to be the fiscal agent for the project so that donations are tax deductible. The project is also looking for in-kind support such as hosting at the performances and organizing refreshments. Please visit the Support page for further details.

New Ballet I Class

Movement Arts Atlanta has several families interested in having a Ballet I class on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Ballet I is for children ages 5 and 6. MAA would like two to three more students to start the class. Class size is limited to six. Is this a good fit for a child in your household or a child you know?

Ballet I is a class that introduces the first steps of Classical Ballet vocabulary. With this it includes lots of fun with movement games and gross motor movement work. This is a great class to introduce the joys of dance! Please, visit here for more about the class.

Summer Classes & Camp

Registration is now open for Movement Arts Atlanta’s summer classes and camp! Even while we are in the cold of January, MAA invites you to think about spring! For 2022, there will be a week of Give It a Try classes and a week of World Dance Camp. Programs are available for ages 3 through adult.

Give it a Try Week will be Tuesday, May 31 – Friday June 3. Classes are held each of the four days. There are three choices for the week. Kinderdance for ages 3 and 4 is fun class which develops gross motor skills. Ballet I for ages 5 and 6 which continues with joyful exercises and introduces the first steps of classical ballet. Multi-Age Beginning Modern is for ages 7 through adult, take place outdoors and combines yoga. beginning modern exercises and choreography.

World Dance Camp is for children ages 7 – 11 and will be held Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10 from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm. Campers will have a modern dance warm up each day and then explore a different folk dance. For 2022, the students will learn Merengue, Bachatta, West African, Hula, Native American Intertribal Dance and Square Dance.

During World Dance Camp week, MAA students who participated in the 2022 Annual Student Recital will also be eligible to participate in Recital Redux. This is a rehearsal period and performances that are a part of MAA’s Outreach Performance Program. Currently, a performance at Wesley Woods Towers is confirmed and a second is to be determined.


Welcome 2022 Winter/Spring Semester

With 2021 coming to a close, it is time to look forward to the second half of the Season with the beginning of the Winter/Spring Semester. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The majority of classes will continue as scheduled during the last semester. New students are always welcome. In addition to beginning classes again, there are several wonderful things in the works including an original score and live music for the Annual Student Recital.

There is availability for new students in nearly every level, Kinderdance, Ballet all levels, Children’s Yoga and Multi-Age Modern. Movement Arts Atlanta is also looking for a soccer coach that works with boys ages 7-10 to develop a ballet-based class to support young athletes. Interested coaches and parents are asked to send an email to Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin at It is anticipated that the pilot program will run for six weeks and will work with four to eight young athletes.

In November of 2021, MAA’s Director began working with master of traditional Irish music, Moira Nelligan to create and original score for the Annual Student Recital, Blackberry Ball. The event will have a story ballet of the same name and a modern dance piece. Ms. Nelligan will also perform as a part of the recital continuing the Season’s focus on live music for dance. Ms. Nelligan and Ms. McLaughlin will use quadrille music of the early 1800s as an inspiration for the score. The modern piece which will be the second half of the program will use The Duke of Kent Waltz which was first published in 1802.

Quadrille is both a musical form and a dance form. The quadrille was a social dance of the 19th Century which was performed by groups of couples usually four but sometimes eight. The dance’s movements share lineage with ballet. Its terminology is also in French and movements such as plie/pliez, assemblé and balancé would be recognizable students of both dance forms. Ms. McLaughlin will use the etiquette of the 19th Century ballroom and the floor patterns of the quadrilles of the day as part of the choreography of Blackberry Ball. Interestingly, quadrilles are also the predecessor of American square dancing.

Please visit here for the current classes and schedule. Later this month look for updates on performances of the Outreach Performance Program and Summer Camp.



Traditional Tune Archive. (2021, May 18). Duke of Kent’s Waltz (1) – Traditional Tune Archive. Traditional Tune Archive; Traditional Tune Archive. – your index to 19th century dances. (n.d.). Retrieved December 30, 2021, from

Not Such a Mean One

As is tradition, Mr. Grinch has joined the Ballet Bunnies as we end the Summer/Fall Semester. He is assisting with leaps and gallop patterns. Mr. Grinch is a sweet addition to the last weeks of the semester which ends on December 19.

The Winter/Spring Semester will begin on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Classes for ages 3+ are available in Kinderdance, Ballet, Children’s Yoga and Multi-Age Modern. MAA welcomes new students throughout the season. To review the complete class schedule please visit here.