Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Thank You McGinnis Family!

A happy moment after class with students, Campbell Tate and Rhona McGinnis, Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin and pianist Cagdas Soylar

The McGinnis Family is Movement Arts Atlanta’s first patrons of the Live Music Patronage Program. We are truly grateful for another week of live music for classes on Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 14.

Three out of the five members of the McGinnis Family dance with MAA. Mom, Amity takes Adult Ballet and Mulit-Age Modern. Daughter, Mab takes Ballet III and Multi-Age Modern. And, daughter, Rhona takes Ballet II. The McGinnis family has been a part of the MAA community since 2018.

More information about the Live Music Patronage Program can be found here.

Live Music Patronage Program

For three weeks in the month of October, Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) has piloted having live piano accompaniment for weekday children’s classes, Kinderdance through Ballet III. This has been a great pleasure for the students, their families, our guest pianist Cagdas Soylar and Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin. There are two ways that MAA would like to continue this support of live music.

First, is with patronage support to continue with live music for the classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The cost per week for the two days is $200. A family or an individual may sponsor a day of classes at $100, a week at $200, multiple weeks at the rate of $200 or the remainder of the semester which at the time of publishing this post is $1,400.

The second way that MAA will manage the Live Music Patronage Program is with in-studio salon concerts. These will be live performances at the Druid Circle studio with small audiences. The first is planned for Sunday, November 21 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Suggested gift to the artist will be $20 and light snacks and drinks will be served. Details of repertoire and reservation information will be announced soon.

To become a part of the the Live Music Patronage Program, please email or call Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin for the management of your gift at or 404-663-1155 respectively.

Live Broadcast This Week – Oct 12 & 13

Because we are about to go into our third week with live music for class, Movement Arts Atlanta invites parents, friends and family to join us to watch and listen to weekday children’s classes. It has been such a pleasure to have our pianist, Cagdas Soylar. The live broadcast will be available via MAA’s Facebook page at this link.

Here is the schedule for the week:

  • Kinderdance – Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
  • Ballet I – Wednesday, October 13, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
  • Ballet II – Wednesday, October 13, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Ballet III – Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

MAA welcomes new students throughout the season. For further information about classes offered, please visit the Classes & Schedule page. We also offer private coaching, podded classes and sibling classes.

Adult Beginning Ballet – New Time

Movement Arts Atlanta’s Adult Beginning Ballet Class has a new time as of October 14th. This one-hour class will now be from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Thursdays. New students are always welcome and to try a class is complementary. The regular rate (semester) is $22 and the drop in rate is $25.

This class uses classical ballet to support balance, flexibility and joyful movement. The class adapts to its attendees welcoming both the absolute beginner and the returning student.

Tuned Up and Ready to Play!

The piano in the studio just got tuned awaiting the arrival of pianist Cagdas Soylar. She will accompany weekday children’s class for three weeks starting on Tuesday, September 28 as a pilot program to use live music for classes. It has been a longtime plan to have live music for classes at Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA). Live music is unusual these days but it is hoped that it will add to the learning and joy of class for the students of MAA.

Historically, all dance classes were accompanied by live music, usually piano for ballet and drums for modern. Interestingly, music for dance was once considered lower, not serious. We have have American Modern Dance Pioneer, Isadora Duncan, to thank for helping to change this attitude. Much to the establishments chagrin, she chose to dance to works from “serious” concert composers such as Beethoven and Gluck. Now it is common for dances to be made to any kind of music the choreographer chooses. Duncan also was an early proponent of using dance to explore social themes.

For MAA’s live music pilot, Soylar and MAA Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, will use three suites of music; Sergei S. Prokofiev’s Music for Children op. 65 (1935), Dmitri Shostakovich’s Dances of the Dolls (1952-62), and Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album op. 29 (1878).

Dancing for the Stroll!

Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) is honored to be invited to dance at the Inman Park Wine Stroll. The event will take place on Saturday, October 23 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm on the porches and in the galleries in the historic Inman Park Neighborhood. Tickets are $50. MAA will be performing at 764 Edgewood Avenue at from 1:15 pm until 3:15 on the half-hour.

The Inman Park Wine Stroll is an annual fundraiser for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. 2021 will be the 8th year of this fun event. This year will be the first year that the event will be held on neighborhood porches and in neighborhood art galleries and will include music, visual art and dance.

Participating in this event is part of MAA’s Outreach Performance Program. The public is welcome to come and enjoy the days activates without partaking of the wine.

Back to Dance!

School writing-book with text Back to School and school subjects.

Movement Arts Atlanta’s  2021/2022 Season’s classes begin tomorrow Tuesday, August 24th. We look forward to welcoming new and returning students. MAA offers classes for ages three through adult in Kinderdance, Ballet, Modern and Yoga. A complete schedule of classes is available here.

MAA welcomes students throughout the season with professional instruction, small class size and inclusive tuition rates.

Let’s Celebrate – Free Outdoor Modern Class

Come dance! In celebration of the beginning of the 2021/2022 Season of Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA), children and adults are invited to take a free Multi-Age Modern class on Saturday, August 21 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in Delta Park, 40 Delta Place NE, 30307. All ages are welcome, wear moveable clothes, flexible soled sneakers, bring a yoga mat and water.

MAA classes begin on Tuesday, August 24th and include classes for ages 3 through adult in Kinderdance, ballet, modern and yoga. This season includes the addition of Children’s Yoga and Young Men’s Ballet. A complete schedule of classes is available here.

Outreach Performance Program

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the development of the Outreach Performance Program. This program will give the students of MAA the opportunity to perform in the community. It is open to current students of MAA who are able to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule. The focus for the 2021/2022 Season is senior living facilities.

Two performance series are planned, one for the Summer/Fall Semester and a second for the Winter/Spring Semester. Each series will have two performance at senior living facilities. One confirmed facility is Wesley Woods Tower. The Summer/Fall performance repertoire will have a joyful, holiday theme celebrating the gift of dance. The Winter/Spring performance will be an adaption of work presented as part of the Annual Student Recital.

The Outreach Performance Program was piloted in the June of 2021 with a performance at Wesley Woods Tower. Ten of MAA’s students performed for residents of Wesley Woods Towers on Thursday, June 10 in the beautiful courtyard. Several section of the Annual Student Recital’s Music Box Ballerinas were performed as well as Good Fun. Following the performance, the students spent time chatting with the residents including one that had been a dancer. She happily shared her memories of dance and her scrapbook of photographs and newspaper clippings.

The Performance Outreach Program details are available here.

New Season Schedule and Registration is Live

We are excited to announce that the 2021/2022 Season classes are posted and registration is live! The Season’s classes will begin on Tuesday, August 24. The new season includes classes for age 3 through adult in Kinderdance, Ballet, Young Men’s Ballet, Adult Ballet, Children’s Yoga and Multi-Age Modern. Here is a link to class descriptions and schedule.

Movement Arts Atlanta offers professional instruction, small class size and unique inclusive tuition. MAA Director has more than 30 years of teaching experience. Indoor classes are limited to eight student and outdoor classes are limited to twelve. At MAA, tuition covers instruction and participation in the annual Student Recital.