Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


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.

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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 the 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.


Registration Update

It is amazing to think that Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) is a third of the way through its 2018-2019 Season. We have welcomed new and returning families, added classes, students are improving their skills and we have started planning for another joyful student recital in May 2019. At this point in the season, we would like to give a registration update.

Currently, all classes on the schedule can welcome new students. Unlike many dance schools, MAA chooses to welcome new students throughout the season. There is limited availability for Kinderdance, Ballet I and Ballet II with Tap and generous availability for Ballet III and above. Please note that places for current students will be held for the Winter/Spring Semester unless MAA is otherwise notified. Visit here for information about each class and available space.

MAA offers small class size, economical tution rates and professional instruction in an environment that purposefully fosters joy in hard work and pleasure in the art dance.


Student Recital 2019 – When & Why

We invite all Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) families and friends to mark their calendars for the 2019 Student Recital which will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm. MAA will hold the recital at the International Montessori Academy, just east of Little 5 Points. Admission is free and family and friends are welcome to come and enjoy the dancing and light refreshments after the show.

MAA’s recitals are unique events for several reasons that effect the students, their families and friends.

First, MAA presents a short story-ballet to showcase the talents of the students. These ballets have a libretto that weaves together the dancing of all levels of performers, each  contributing to the whole. Unlike the majority of recital performances with their one dance for each class, this style of performance more closely matches the way of professional performers. It also builds community, provides mentoring opportunities for senior dancer and demonstration of what commitment can bring for junior dancers.

Second, MAA’s annual student recital is managed with economics in mind. MAA does not charge a separate recital fee to families. This cost is embedded in tuition. Families rarely choose not to participating in a recital. MAA sees a recital fee as a “junk” style fee like a registration fee. MAA does not charge these either. Costumes are provided by MAA and are reused and reworked year after year. This again mirrors the way professional dance organizations work. Additionally, manufactured dance costumes are high priced for the quality they offer. Also, the event is presented in a venue that allows for free admission. We do not believe that a family member or friend should have to pay to see the show. The audience is the guest of MAA.

Third, MAA’s Student Recitals are short. Last year’s running time was twenty minutes total, which included the ballet, two Tap numbers and curtain speeches. Very directly, our philosophy is that student performers should be beautifully costumed, well rehearsed, get on the stage and then get off. Young performers are able to handle shorter times with greater attention and joy. This make the experience good for them and therefore the audience, short and sweet.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


Rock Fuel!

Movement Arts Atlanta is please to announce that it has become Bronze 2018-2019 Education Partner of Mary Lin Education Foundation. This program supports things like continuing education for Mary Lin’s teachers, curriculum enrichment and capitol improvements.

According to the Mary Lin Education Foundation’s website:

“The Mary Lin Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2008 to support long-term goals and critical resource needs for Mary Lin Elementary (home of the ROCKETS), an Atlanta Public School serving 640+ students in the Candler Park, Inman Park, Lake Claire and Little 5 Points neighborhoods. In 2016, the MLEF launched the ROCKET FUEL FUND, a major annual giving campaign to ensure the ongoing academic success of our students and the long-term financial health of our school.”

Supporting the community is important to Movement Arts Atlanta. Go Rockets!