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Jesus & The Beatles: The Revolution is Now!

Movement Arts Atlanta is feeling groovy because of Jesus & The Beatles: The Revolution is Now! MAA’s Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin is the choreographer for two far-out numbers for this mash up of Beatlemania and the Christmas Story. Produced and presented by Inman Park Church, there are shows on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 pm and Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 pm at the church, 1015 Edgewood Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia in Inman Park. Admission is free and donations will be collected for The Stewart Center which is based in the Pittsburgh Neighborhood.

Beatles tunes tell the Christmas Story as re-imagined by the rock-‘n-roll Angel Gabriel. Jump-start your holiday by rocking out to an awesome live band, sassy story-telling, a bit of dancing, favorite Beatles tunes, and a magical mystery tour to a renewed Christmas story. Inman Park Church has previously presented Elvis & Jesus and Jesus & Aretha, with great success.

The Stewart Center has been serving the Pittsburgh Neighborhood in southwest Atlanta since 1916. Its programing focuses on education, wellness and housing solutions.

Come early for best seats! All you need is love…and a little help from friends —- so spread the word and be there!!!


Happy Thanksgiving! No Classes This Week

In observance of Thanksgiving, there are not ballet or modern classes this week.

As a reminder, the Summer/Fall Semester ends on Saturday, December 17th. The Winter/Spring Semester will run from January 3 – May 13, 2023. This will be followed by the Annual Student Recital on May 22 at 3:00 pm.


Annual Student Recital – Pollinators’ Parade Returns

Each May, Movement Arts Atlanta presents its Annual Student Recital. For the 2023, the story ballet for the show will be a restaging of Pollinators’ Parade which was first performed in 2014. The performance will be on Saturday, May 22, 2023 at 3:00 pm.

The ballet includes wonderful characters such as Mother Nature, the Gardeners, Flowers, a Bat, Butterflies, a Moth, Bees and a Hummingbird. It is set to the music of American composer Stephen Foster (1826-1864) who is best know for his popular songs: I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, Oh Suzanna, The Old Folks at Home, Camp Town Races and Beautiful Dreamer. The story line includes the arrival of Spring and Mother Nature needing help to get thing to full bloom.

To see the first staging of Pollinators’ Parade, visit here on the See What We Do page.


Wine Stroll Time

The students of Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) will perform as a part of the Inman Park Wine Stroll. This fundraising event for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association’s Security Patrol will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. There will be 14 porches serving wine, lots of live music, a food truck court and a bit of dance. Tickets are $50 and are available here. Stroll, sip and enjoy the beauty of live performance among the homes and buildings of Atlanta’s most iconic historic neighborhood.

MAA’s students will be performing excepts from the 2022 Annual Student Recital, Blackberry Ball. There will also be a opportunity for the audience to join in the dancing. The dance performances will take place at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm in front of Inman Park Church, 1015 Edgewood Avenue. Performances during the event are free and open to the public and may be attended without a wine stroll ticket.

The wine stroll is a fundraiser and is run 100% by volunteers. Volunteering for big events like the wine stroll is a fun way to connect with neighbors and new friends. If you would like to volunteer, here is a link to the sign up. Fundraising is always more fun with friends, new and old!

 


Salon Performance a Success

Last Thursday’s Salon Performance was a triumph. On September 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm an audience of just over ninety gathered at The Trolley Barn in Atlanta, Georgia for an evening of dance and conversation. The evening include a visual art exhibition of works that were catalysts for dances presented during the evening or works created during the project. After the performance of the dances, audience members offered questions for the artists to answer and discuss. Photographs from the evening can be seen here.

The visual art exhibition included work by three artists, Margaret Katz Nodine (1956-2015), Abraham Walkowitz (1878-1965) and John Ramspott. Three by Margaret Katz Nodine a four by five foot, oil on canvas was presented and is the image which inspired Carolyn Stine McLaughlin’s dance, Beauty Through Mattus. Two reprints, Isadora Duncan, in Green, Dancing and Woman in Red Dancing by Abraham Walkowitz were on display. Douglas Scott’s dance, You Were Once Wild Here, was in part a reaction to works by Walkowitz. The last groups of visual art pieces displayed were by photographer John Ramspott. They included a group from the Olmstead Linear Park Series and a selection of three images from the Inman Park Dance Festival Series.

The dancing of the evening began with Isadora Duncan’s Narcissus performed by Ashlee Jo Ramsey-Borunov. This work is from Duncan’s Dramatic period and dates from 1904. It was danced with skill and grace by Ms. Ramsey-Borunov.

The second offering of the evening was a suite from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora (1971). Each dance in this work represents a different period in Duncan’s life. Primavera which was danced by Mercy Matthews represents Duncan’s early years and the idea of Spring. It is a joyful dance which has direct echoes of Duncan’s Narcissus. This was followed by Maenad performed by Andie Knudson. Maenads are female followers of Dionysus and were said to perform frenzied, ecstatic dances and have super human strength during these episodes. The dance represents the period of Duncan’s life when she was in her full feminine power. Last of the suite presented was Niobe which was performed by Julianna Feracota. This solo based on the Greek myth of the same name, represents the tragic period in Duncan’s life when her children and their nanny’s carriage fell in to the Sein river in Paris and they all drowned. All three dances were performed by the same dancers at the Inman Park Dance Festival in April of 2022, the benefit of being able to perform these works again was apparent in the depth of the performance.

The next selection on the program was Carolyn Stine McLaughlin’s Beauty Through Mattus. This dance, like the prior selections on the program, was set to music by Chopin. The trio was danced by Charlotte Angermeier, Jenna Latham and Meagan Novoa. The contrasts of adagio and allegro in the music were reflected in the movement as the piece brought to life the figures in Nodine’s painting Three. The artists conveyed through the work the feelings of awe and joy.

The final work on the evening program was by Douglas Scott and was performed by the eight dancers of Full Radius Dance; AK Bayer, Vic Davis, Julianna Feracota, Jodie Jernigan, Courtney Michell McClendon, Ashlee Jo Ramsey-Borunov, Matthew Smith and Peter L. Trojic. The work included the intricate partnering which the company is known for. The lines of Walkowitz’s drawings could be seen in the lines of the dancers’ arms and in the contrapasso pose of a dancer in the later part of the work.

During the intermission, the audience was invited to give questions for discussion by the artists. The questions offered ranged from the practical; “How long did it take to learn the dances?” and “How do the dancers not breakdown and cry when the dance give so much emotion?”, to the cerebral; “How has being involved in this project affected you as a person?” and “What should the youth of today glean from Isadora’s transformation of modern dance?”

Many thoughtful responses were given by the artists, including a serendipitous one by John Ramspott, the project photographer. After first shooting the Limón masterclass and reconstruction in early April, he took a deeper dive into the life of Duncan and read her auto biography My Life. After reading this, he came to the idea that seeing Duncan’s work in a natural setting would be fitting and he began to look for sites to propose for a photoshoot. The one that he was drawn to was the Olmstead Linear Parks which are along Ponce de Leon Avenue. It turns out that the seed for the project came from this same site. More than a decade ago, with a Volvo full of children for carpool, the project director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin was stuck in traffic on Ponce de Leon Avenue at the Olmstead Linear Parks. As she was waiting, she look over at the beautiful rolling terrain of the park and immediately saw dancers moving with the buoyant and upward gestures of Duncan’s vocabulary.


“bring dance history to life”

Thank you Amanda Sieradzki, Gillian Renault and ArtsATL! On September 26, 2022, ArtsATL published “A Time with Isadora” concert will bring dance history to life at The Trolley Barn” by Sieradzki. This article includes information about A Time with Isadora, Thursday’s Salon Performance and highlights the histories and processes that have brought the project to the Salon Performance.

For McLaughlin, the Limón-Duncan exchange opened up a much larger conversation around freeing historic dances from grainy photographs and scant videography. A Time with Isadora highlights the theme of how one artist influences many, and how to honor these influences through your own art-making.

“These works are 70 to 100 years old,” says McLaughlin. “But they are still extremely valuable to us as artists.”

ArtsATL is an online repository of coverage of Atlanta’s thriving arts community. ArtsATL has sections devoted to Art+Design, Theater, Music, Dance, Film+TV, and Books. The website also includes an extensive calendar of events for all of these communities. The website states that ArtsAtL strives “to be the most authoritative voice for the arts in Atlanta and to serve as the conduit between the artist and their audiences.”


You are Always Welcome

Movement Arts Atlanta welcomes new students throughout the year. Even though we are a month into the new season, we would gladly welcome you and/or your child to classes. There is availability at all levels; Kinderdance, Ballet I-III, Young Men’s Ballet, Adult Ballet and Multi-Age Modern.

MAA’s program has many benefits. These include small class size, professional instruction and all inclusive tuition. Inclusive tuition means that one fee covers the costs of registration, instruction and participation in the Annual Student Recital. This method of covering fees is very unusually. Tuition for students joining mid-semester is prorated.

For a complete schedule and description of classes please visit here.


Its Time for Isadora!

Movement Arts Atlanta’s major project, A Time with Isadora, will present its major presentation later this month! This evening will be on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at The Trolley Barn at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 and available here.

You are invited to a salon style evening of performance and conversation exploring how one artist influences many with the performance of historic reconstructions by Isadora Duncan, and José Limón and new works by Atlanta choreographers Carolyn Stine McLaughlin of Movement Arts Atlanta, Douglas Scott of Full Radius Dance and George Staib of Staib Dance.

The project has received attention from the community. It is featured as one of the four selection for the Fall Arts Preview in the Atlanta Journal Constitution in Cynthia Perry’s piece, Fall Arts Preview: new and classic works reflect rigor and inquiry. At the middle of the month, Amanda Sieradzki of ArtsATL will publish a preview of the evening. She wrote a wonderful preview of the Inman Park Dance Festival in April which included information about A Time with Isadora being part of the program with three dances from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora.

We hope the community will join MAA for it first major project presentation!


Blackberry Ball is Posted for You to See

On May 21, 2022, Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) presented its Annual Student Recital. It was a lovely show with live music and sweet performance by MAA’s students. The film of the afternoon’s show has been posted on Rumble for viewing. Here is the link.


Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 Season of classes offered by Movement Arts Atlanta. The season includes classes for ages 3+ through adults. There are Kinderdance classes for the youngest dancers, ballet and modern for elementary ages students, a ballet class just for boys aged 8+ and ballet for adults. New for the season are Saturday classes for ages 3-6 and a new discount level for families with multiple students who take also take multiple classes per week.

MAA’s classes offer limited class size, professional instruction, inclusive tuition and a schedule that ensures that students receive full class time.

Small class size ensures that classes are enjoyable, engaging and educational for the students. Classes for students ages 3-6 are limited to six students. For ballet for children ages 7+, classes are limited to 8. And, for Multi-Age Modern class size is limited to 12. These levels are well below the average in the Atlanta area.

MAA’s Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, who teaches all of MAA’s classes, has more that 30 years of teaching experience. She received her teacher training from the well-regarded program at Virginia Intermont College. Additionally, she has taken teacher training courses from Finis Jhung and Ernesta Corvino. She is also active in the Atlanta dance community, producing the Inman Park Dance Festival and arts project through MAA (A Time with Isadora) and serving on the board of Full Radius Dance.

Tuition for classes at MAA in inclusive of class instruction and all expenses associate with participation in the Annual Student Recital. Most schools charge registration fees, costume fees and charge for tickets to student performances. The Annual Student Recital is presented as a short story ballet with handmade costumes. These costumes stay with MAA and are reused, similar to what a professional ballet company would do.

MAA schedules its classes with a 15-minute buffer between classes. To our knowledge, no other dance school in the area does this. This allows for students and parents to be greeted and sent off from class with ease. It also makes sure that each class receives its full time of instruction. There is factually no way one class can end and another start at the same time.

Movement Arts Atlanta celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the 2022-2023 Season, and we hope you will be a part of this wonderful millstone!

Visit here for a complete schedule of classes.

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