Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Recital is This Week!

The Annual Student Recital is this week! We hope you will join us for The Pollinator’s Parade on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Inman Park United Methodist Church, 1015 Edgewood Avenue NE, 30307. The show is free and open to the public. The performance will be followed by a cake and lemonade reception.

The Pollinator’s Parade tells the story of the coming  of Spring. Mother Nature finds herself in need of help getting started. Two Gardeners join her to prepare for the planting of the Flowers. After the Flowers coming into full bloom, some helpful pollinators join the scene; a Humming Bird, two Butterflies, a Bat, a Moth and a Bee. Dancing celebrates the arrival of Spring.

This story ballet of 15 minutes, will be followed by a modern dance performed by the students of the Saturday, Multi-Age Modern class. Many Rhythms will be danced to Boccherini’s (1761-1805) “Los Manolos” from Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid). This fun dance uses the different rhythms in the music to underscore the different rhythms of the dancers.

2023-2024 Season Schedule Posted & Registration Open

The new schedule of classes for the 2023-2024 Season is now posted and registration is open. Additionally, the Season calendar is available which included the start date of classes, breaks and the 2024 Annual Student Recital date. Movement Arts Atlanta’s schedule includes classes for ages 3+ including Kinderdance, Ballet for children and adults and Beginning Modern Dance. There are both morning and evening classes. Visit here for a complete schedule and description of classes

For the 2023-2024 Season, tuition rates will remain at the 2022-2023 level. Tuition is inclusive and includes all costs for study including registration, instruction and participation in performances such as the Annual Student Recital. The base rate for tuition is $23 per hour of instruction.

Students are placed in classes by age, experience and skill. Families and students may make registrations electronically but final class placement is made following the review of the registration and a conversation with the director of the school. Visit here for completing the registration process.


Inman Park Dance Festival Returns!

Your invited to celebrate the breadth of Atlanta’s dance community during two free admission performances of the Inman Park Dance Festival (IPDF). Celebrating 21 years in 202,3 the dance festival is one of the many ways that the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes supports the performing arts. The two shows present both classical ballet and modern dance in a family friendly format at Inman Park’s historic Trolley Barn. The festival will present a program presenting the following Atlanta area companies; Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance (FRD), The Georgia Ballet, ImmerseATL and Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA). The contribution by FRD and MAA will include dances that are a part of A Time with Isadora: Duncan’s Narcissus, excerpts from Limón’s Dances for Isadora, Beauty Through Mattus by MAA’s Carolyn Stine McLaughlin and You Were Once Wild Here by Douglas Scott of FRD.

Performances are Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 pm in The Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Ave NE, 30307.

MAA’s founder and director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin is the curator and director of the Inman Park Dance Festival.

Painting and Dancing!

A Time with is Isadora, Movement Arts Atlanta’s major arts project, is honored to be a part of this year’s Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Quick Paint. In its 9th year, this event will host 28 of the Nation’s top plein air painters.

This year’s Quick Paint Competition on Sunday, April 23, will have an addition to the landscape! Dancers from our project will perform Beauty Through Mattus. A Time with Isadora was sparked by the beautiful rolling landscape of the Olmsted Linear Parks. The dance will be performed at 8:35 am, 9:15 am and 9:45 am in Dellwood Park at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road.

The event is free and open to observers. For painters that would like to participate in the event please visit here.

Preparations for Pollinator’s Parade

Costume fitting for the pollinators; bee, bat, butterflies and moth

Classes have been a bit different since the beginning of the year, in addition to working on their technical exercises, Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) students have been hard at work learning choreography which will be put together to make the ballet, Pollinator’s Parade. Extra exciting are the days that include costume fittings.

As is tradition, Movement Arts Atlanta will present an Annual Student Recital. For 2023, Pollinator’s Parade will be presented on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Inman Park Church, 1015 Edgewood Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia. The performance will present a story ballet by the same name, a modern work and be followed by a reception for guests and dancers. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The performance will last for 30 minuets and is appropriate for all ages.

The ballet includes wonderful characters such as Mother Nature, the Gardeners, Flowers, a Bat, Butterflies, a Moth, a Bee 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.




Inman Park Dance Festival: Be Part of the Fun of This Unique Event

Did you know that Atlanta has the Southeast’s only free admission dance festival that presents both classical ballet and modern dance? This unique dance program is the Inman Park Dance Festival. This event is part of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes a program of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. It it curated and managed by the Director of Movement Arts Atlanta, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin.

For the 2023, there will be five dance organizations presenting; Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, Georgia Ballet, ImmerseATL and Movement Arts Atlanta. Ballethnic is a professional ballet company which has a unique vocabulary that blends classical ballet and West African. Full Radius Dance is a internationally recognized leader in the modern dance specialty of physically integrated dance. The Georgia Ballet was founded in 1960 and includes a professional company, a school and extensive outreach programing. Movement Arts Atlanta will present both historic and new dances that are a part of our major project, A Time with Isadora.

The Inman Park Dance Festival will present two performances. The first on Saturday, April 29 and the second on Sunday, April 30. Both performances are at 4:00 pm, are free and open to the public and will take place in The Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30307. The same program will be presented at each performance.

The Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes is the major fundraiser for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association and the funds raised are used to do such things as beautify the neighborhood and to fight legal battles to protect the neighborhood’s historic zoning regulations. It is run entirely by volunteers. It take more than 800 volunteer hours to put on the event. Both neighbors and non-neighbors are welcome to join the fun. The dance festival needs help setting up, greeting the audience, and cleaning up. Here is a link to sign-up.

See the Documentary March 26

The Atlanta showing of A Time with Isadora: How One Artist Influences Many is just 9 days away! Movement Arts Atlanta is very proud of the work that the film crew has done and hopes you will take the time to come to the theater on Sunday, March 26 for the 3:30 pm showing. The showing will be held at The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia 30306 and is free and open to the public, reservations are not required.

The documentary is a part of Movement Arts Atlanta’s dance project of the same name which is inspired by Atlanta’s Olmsted Linear Parks and the modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. The project explores how one artist influences many, integrating historic dance works, new choreography, visual art, photography and filmmaking.

The premier of the documentary on February 25 was a great success. The premier took place at Ciné, Athens, Georgia’s independent art house cinema. It was very well attended with an estimated audience of 75-85 guests.

The film was well received by the guests who were full engaged for the hour-and-ten-minutes of the film. Audience comments  included:

I learned more than I expected from the documentary. Very educational! – Alexis

An accomplishment to be proud of. A contribution of beauty to future generations. – Elizabeth

A gallery of photos and more information about the evening are available here on the A Time with Isadora website.

Get a Peek at the Documentary!

Movement Arts Atlanta’s major project meets a milestone. A Time with Isadora’s filmmakers have been hard at work on the documentary. The trailer is now available to see, here is a link. It is beautiful and a taste of what the full hour-and-a-half documentary will be like.

The film is by Carrie Miller who is being supported with editing and design by Margot McLaughlin and with cinematography by Mollie Robertson. All three are students at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Miller and Robertson are both in the Media and Entertainment program and McLaughlin is in the Landscape Architecture program also pursuing a masters in Historic Preservation. More about these artists is available here. All three have been with the project since its first rehearsal in April of 2022 collecting hours of footage of rehearsal, performance and work session. They have also interviewed all of the artist working as part of the project, upwards of 20.

The showings of the documentary are free and open to the public. Here are the dates and times with links to the event listing on this site:

Athens’ Premier

Saturday, February 25, 2023

7:00 pm, Ciné, 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30601

Atlanta Showing

Sunday, March 26, 2023

3:30 pm, The Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306

Here is a link to the Events page of the project for more information.

Welcome 2023!

Happy New Year to you and your family! As we begin 2023, Movement Arts Atlanta looks forward to another semester of service celebrating the joy of dance!

Classes for children and adults have begun, however, MAA welcomes new students throughout the season and would be happy to talk to you about what classes would be a good fit for you and/or your child. Here is a listing of classes with schedules and descriptions.

Plans for the Annual Student Recital are underway! This year’s ballet will be Pollinator’s Parade, a sweet and joyful welcoming of spring by Mother Nature and all her helpers. The performance will be Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 pm and will be open to the public, location is to be determined. Admission is free. Even if you are not a student of MAA you are absolutely welcome to attend. The performance is family friendly and is a delightful opportunity for children to learn to be good audience members.

MAA’s major arts project, A Time with Isadora, has several events in the first half of the year. Documentary premiers will take place in Athens and Atlanta. The Athens premier will be on Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 pm at Ciné and the Atlanta premier will be on Sunday, March 19 at 3:30 pm at The Plaza Theatre. This screening is also a part of the Atlanta Preservation Center‘s A Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites. The dance works that are a part of the project will be a part of the Inman Park Dance Festival which is a program of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 pm at the Trolley Barn. This performance is free and open to the public. To complete the cycle of the project, planning for a site specific performance in the Olmsted Linear Parks is underway. Look for this in May.

The Gift of Dance

Looking for the gift of an experience for your spouse ,child or grandchild? Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to organize gift tuitions for any of our classes. We welcome new students throughout the year and begin the Winter/Spring Semester on January 3, 2023. MAA offers classes for ages 3+ with Modern for children aged 7+ and Adult Beginning Ballet. A complete listing of classes with description is available here.

MAA’s tuition includes participation in the Annual Student Recital on May 20, 2022. This participation includes costuming and tickets for this yearly event. This year’s story ballet will the The Pollinator’s Parade.

MAA is also happy to organized items like books, sticker sets and craft items to accompany your gift.

All of MAA’s tuition is base on a rate of $23 per hour and includes instruction and all items related to performance (costumes and tickets) except tights and shoes.