Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


Elevate 2020: Not That Far Away

Movement Arts Atlanta is pleased to announce that Not That Far Away  will be included in Elevate 2020. Elevate 2020, from October 4-10, is a temporary public art program hosted by the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, that seeks to invigorate the Atlanta area through visual art, performances, and cultural events. Curator, Leatrice Ellzy Wright has selected Not That Far Away for the Tuesday, October 6 section of the festival entitled Quarantined, Masked and Socially Distanced. The majority of this year’s festival programs will take place virtually.

Not That Far Away was created during the summer of 2020 as a part of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ PANDEMIC ATLANTA. MAA’s director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin directed the project and choreographed. The work was performed by Evelyn McLaughlin, Margot McLaughlin and Mia Prausnitz-Weinbaum. Andrew Choe was the composer and the film was created by Carrie and Colleen Miller.

 

 


Let’s Go, One Step at a Time

Movement Arts Atlanta will being classes for the new season on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Ballet and Beginning Modern classes will be offered for ages 3 and up. Ballet classes are offered with virtual and limited in-person options. Beginning modern will be offered outdoors.

MAA’s ballet program begins with Kinderdance. This is a class for three and four year-old boys and girls that works on developing class taking skills, building gross motor skills and joy of dance. Ballet I – III introduce and support the development of classical ballet vocabulary while continuing to focus on the joy and pleasure of dance, the purpose of its study. Adult Dance rounds out the ballet focused curriculum at MAA. This class for mature movers uses yoga, physical therapy movements and classical ballet to support strength, balance and enjoyment of the body.

Multi-Age Beginning Modern is for ages 6 and above. Class will be held outside with social distancing in place. The class will work on strength and movement skills and present the natural based movements of modern dance.

Movement Arts Atlanta welcomes students throughout the season. Discounts are provided for multiple student in the same family and taking multiple classes.


Papillion Parade Crew

With everyone needing some outdoor time and fun, Movement Arts Atlanta, will start rehearsals again for its L’Esprit des Papillons. This will be group of movers that will gather to dance in events such as parades. We may even just pick a day to dance through the streets!

The group is open to movers ages 9 and older. All levels are welcome. For the moment the group will focus on learning short movement phrase that travel. Later in the process, we will work on creating costumes for the group.

The planned schedule for rehearsals is every other Saturday from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm. Please, meet in Freedom Park between Euclid Avenue and Austin Avenue.  Bring yourself, comfortable clothes, and a water bottle. The first Saturday meeting will be September 12, 2020.

For questions, please contact Ms. McLaughlin at movementartsatl@gmail.com


Not That Far Away

Over the months of June, July and August, Movement Arts Atlanta’s Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin completed a commission from the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to create a work in response to the pandemic. The outcome of this commission was a site specific performance and a dance film.

The five minuet work with original music by Andrew Choe, used movement to illustrate the needs of the primal brain for information as we interact. These needs have been impacted by the pandemic. Brains look for signs of ease and friendship in the other person and the environment of fear and the unknown created by the pandemic make these affirming signs less prevalent.

The work was performed by Mia Prausnitz-Weinbaum, Margot McLaughlin and Evelyn McLaughlin. The film was made by Carrie Miller with the assistance of Colleen Miller.

The live performance took place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in Freedom Park between Euclid Avenue and Austin Avenue. There were showings at 10:00 am and 10:30 am. It was attended Inman Park neighbors, and friends and family of the artists. The film was shot in three locations; Freedom Park, the BeltLine skate park and Piedmont Park.

The film can be view here. The work is available for performance, please contact Ms. McLaughlin at movementartsatl@gmail.com for details.

Funding provided by the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs


Great Story Ballet Camps Use a Great Book

Movement Arts Atlanta will present three Great Story Ballet Camps for ages 8+. For this camp, Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, will use the wonderful book A Child’s Introduction to Ballet by Laura Lee and Meredith Hamilton as the supporting text. This book includes a great combination of dance history, technical notes and fun facts.

Great Story Ballet Camps are three-day virtual camps that meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Each day includes yoga, ballet technique, a dance history lesson and a simplified dance from one of the great ballets.

The ballets that will be studied during the camps rang in age from 130 to 65 years old. It says a lot that these ballets have continued to be performed. They are part of the culture of ballet like Shakespearean plays are to acting or the Magna Carta is to laws of the United States. Even with this serious position, they are fun explorations of how ballet has developed through time.

Complete information about Movement Arts Atlanta’s summer classes and camps is available here. The six week session will begin on June 16 and run through July 30, 2020.


Dancing Class, Giraffes Can’t Dance & Rhinoceros Tap

Children, giraffes and rhinoceroses are all part of the featured books for Dance a Story: Session I. This camp for ages 5-7 will take place June 16, 17 and 18 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm each day. The 90 minutes sessions include yoga, beginning ballet technique, story time and learning a short dance based on the day’s book.

Inspirations for dances come from many places. Sometimes they are an idea that comes to the choreographer’s mind without prompting. Other dances are made as a reaction to an idea, situation or environment. For the Dance a Story virtual day camps, the dances learned will be inspired by the books used for the camps. Each book selected has dance as part of its narrative.

More information about the Dance a Story virtual camps is available here.


Summer Virtual Class Registration Open

From June 15 – July 30, Movement Arts Atlanta is offering six weeks of high-quality content with in-home support materials and lots of fun! Families can choose weekly classes or camps for students ages 4+.

Weekly classes include  Kinderdance (age 4), Ballet I (age 5 & 6), Ballet II (7+) and Intermediate Ballet with Variations (12+). All of MAA’s classes focus on instilling a love of dance along side sound technical development.

Three-Day Camps are offered for two age groups. Dance a Story camps are for students ages 5 -7. Three weeks of this camp are offered through the summer session with nine great books that talk about dance. Each camp day starts with movement which is followed by story time and learning a short dance. Great Story Ballet camps are for students 8+. Three sessions of this format are offered through the summer. Each session focuses on a story ballet and/or a period of time in ballet history. The session includes yoga, ballet technique, dance history discussion and a simplified versions of iconic dances from the ballets.

While MAA acknowledges that in-person classes are ideal, we have worked hard to improve the format and delivery of online content to connect with the students and families that we serve.  We have developed an at home kit which includes instructions for setting up the work space and creating the best environment for class. The studio from which the classes are broadcast has large monitor to help the instructor see each student. Importantly, MAA limits class size so that each student gets individual attention even in the virtual format.


Virtual Summer Classes: Schedule Out Soon

Movement Arts Atlanta will offer six weeks of virtual classes from June 15 – July 31, 2020. The schedule will be posted soon and the offerings will include classes for ages 4 – 12+ in Kinderdance, Ballet I, Ballet II and three-day camp offering for ages 5-7 and 8+.

With acknowledging that in-person classes are best, MAA is working hard to make the virtual experience more meaningful for students and their families. Part of this work includes the installation of a larger monitor in the studio where classes are broadcast from and developing at home kits with detailed instructions for setting up the work space for student.


Summer 2020: Survey Says?

Movement Arts Atlanta has been finishing up the 2019/2020 Season with virtual classes. And as we look forward to June and July of this year, we would like your help with selecting programming. We have created a short survey via Google Forms that should take about five minutes. Here is a link to the form: Movement Arts Atlanta 2020 Summer Planning Survey.


Classes Suspended

In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease control, Movement Arts Atlanta classes are suspended for at least two weeks, the weeks of March 16 and 23. At the end of the period, the situation will be reviewed and decisions will be made for the resumption of classes.