Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


Unseen Layers: the many roles of women

On October 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm, Movements Arts Atlanta Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin and MAA student, Evelyn McLaughlin, will appear as part of Unseen Layers: the many roles of women. This theater-in-the-round dance event is presented by TTM Dance Collective and will take place in the TULA Arts Center Atrium, 75 Bennett Street NW, Atlanta Georgia 30309.

The McLaughlins will perform Isolation by Gail Mingledorff. The work, set to the music of Jim Cappell, depicts the first injury which causes an individual to set up emotional barriers. Intimate gestures, sweeping spirals and the effective use of a prop communicate joy, hesitation, control, confusion and defiance.

Gail Mingledorff and Carolyn Stine McLaughlin both danced with Southern Ballet of Atlanta during their early careers. In the 1980’s McLaughlin appeared in two ballets created by Mingledorff for the company; Pachabel and The Almost Original Recipe. The first, an abstract ballet to Pachabel’s iconic Cannon in D, and the latter a comedic ballet about the interactions of chickens.

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Come Fly with Les Papillon!

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the creation of the parade crew, Les Esprit des Papillon. This group creates a fun way for students and supporters of MAA to move in local parades and festivals.

Open to adults and children over the age of 7. Each event will be proceeded by rehearsals to create short pieces of choreography for the event. Costumes are created by the participants within the guidelines set by MAA. The intended vibe is 1900 – 1920’s with a French flair.

There are two events planned for the crew for the 2019-2020 Season. The first is the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm. The second is the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes Parade on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

For participation in the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, marchers need to participate in Papillon Practices on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, complete a registration and waiver and be available for the parade on Saturday, October 19 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Please, visit this Google Form to sign-up to particpate.

Movement Arts Atlanta thanks Alison Gordan for suggesting this wonderful idea and keeping it going. There is a time to dance, in the streets!

UPDATE: Les Papillon will not be participating in the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade. Instead it will make is debut in the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes Parade in April of 2020.


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.

 


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.