Simple, Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Temporary Thursday Schedule

Since the Atlanta Public Schools will be extending their school day for 30 minutes until March 30, 2018, Movement Arts Atlanta will have a temporary class schedule during this period for classes held on Thursdays.

Until March 30, 2018 Thursday’s class schedule will be:

Ballet I, 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Kinderdance, 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Ballet III with Tap, 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

After March 30 until May 24, 2018 the schedule will return to:

Ballet I, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Kinderdance, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Ballet III with Tap, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm


New Addition to Studio

Looking forward to Tuesday’s Ballet III class. They have been promised a new barre for months. This beautiful piece of equipment comes from Finis Jhung’s website. It is by far the best portable barre on the market.

Jhung is a master teacher whose thoughtful and logical approach to teaching ballet is used in every ballet class at Movement Arts Atlanta. MAA Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin attended one of his teacher workshops and has been using his principles for more than a decade. Jhung’s work is frequently focused on adult beginners but its principles of proper aliment and knowledge of transitions between movements is valuable to any age and skill level of dance student.

MAA students all begin learning classical ballet without a barre. This facilitates learning to transfer the weight of the body from one foot to the other which is the underlying principle of all dance movements. After a student has good skill with three of the primary moments of dance: plié, bend of the knees; tendu, stretch of the legs; and relevé, rise up on to the balls of the feet; then they come to the barre to work on the multiple variations of this vocabulary.

Happy New Year! Let’s Begin with Dance

The Winter/Spring Semester of Movement Arts Atlanta begins this Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Welcoming returning and new families the semester includes Kinderdance, Ballet and Tap.

There is some availability for new students in all classes. Please contact MAA by phone, 404-663-1155 or email as soon as you able if you would like to register.

MAA classes celebrate the joy of movement with high quality instruction in small classes for students ages three and older.


The Gift of Dance for the New Year

Dance classes are wonderful for girls and boys. They develop body and brain in a joyful way. Give the gift of dance!

Looking for a gift for your child that will not gather dust or take up too much space? Need a recommendation for a gift for a grandparent to give your child? Please consider a Gift Certificate or Gift Package from Movement Arts Atlanta.

MAA offers all of its children’s classes and coaching services as gift certificates and gift packages. Gift certificates are offered at no additional charge. Packages include a gift certificate, two dance books (The Ballet Book and Dance published by DK), gift wrap and delivery. The additional charge for a package is $40.

Please follow this link to the Gift Certificate & Packages page for complete information about purchase.



Time to Dance!

As the month begins so does the Summer/Fall Semester of Movement Arts Atlanta! Classes begin August 8 and are offered for ages 3+ in Kinderdance, Ballet and Tap. This is conveniently located, well priced and high quality instruction for your child.

All classes are held in Inman Park at Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin’s home studio. Parents are welcome to watch class or wait on the sunny back porch. There is also the option to take a quick stroll on the Beltline or run and errand at the Krog Street Market.

MAA classes are well price at a rate of $15 per hour. A 10% discount is applied to tuition for families with more than one child in the program. Additionally, MAA never charges a registration fee.

All classes are limited in size and are professionally taught. The average student to teacher ratio is 4:1 with the maximum possible being 8:1. Ms. McLaughlin has more than 25 years of teaching experience.

Each Movement Arts Atlanta student is given individual attention to support neuro-muscular development, advance social skills and a foster a love of dance.

June Class Update

Registration of the Summer Short Term from June 6-22 is still open for most classes but you are encouraged to register as soon as you are able. Classes meet twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays making a total of 6 classes in the term. Registration is limited to six students per class.

The current Kinderdance (ages 3 & 4) class at 4:oo pm is full and we are accepting wait list and request for creating another class. If you would like to add your child to one of these lists please send an email via the dialogue box on the Sign Up for Class Page.

Ballet I for ages 5 & 6 has three places available. This class begin the study of classical ballet vocabulary. It support the continued development of gross motor skill and the joys of movement. This class meets at 3:00 pm during the Summer Short Term.

Ballet II with Tap is for children ages 7-10. During this class, classical ballet vocabulary is supported by the great American dance form of Tap. These two vocabularies work well to develop placement and internal rhythm. This class meets at 5:oo pm.

Ballet III with Tap is for an experienced student age 9 or older. Here again, the work done in both vocabulary is very beneficial for young dancers.

2017-2018 Season Schedule & Registration Open

Movement Arts Atlanta has started registering new and returning students for the 2017-2018 Season. There are classes for ages 3 – 13 in Kinderdance, Ballet and Tap. MAA high-quality classes are a joyful and simple way for children to experience the joy of moving, the pleasure of focused work and improve body awareness and control.

Complete class description and schedules are available here. Class tuition is based on a rate of $15 per hour and registration can be completed on line, by mail or by phone. Registration details are available here.

Class sizes are limited so take the time to reserve your child’s place today.