Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


Great Story Ballet Camps Use a Great Book

Movement Arts Atlanta will present three Great Story Ballet Camps for ages 8+. For this camp, Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, will use the wonderful book A Child’s Introduction to Ballet by Laura Lee and Meredith Hamilton as the supporting text. This book includes a great combination of dance history, technical notes and fun facts.

Great Story Ballet Camps are three-day virtual camps that meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Each day includes yoga, ballet technique, a dance history lesson and a simplified dance from one of the great ballets.

The ballets that will be studied during the camps rang in age from 130 to 65 years old. It says a lot that these ballets have continued to be performed. They are part of the culture of ballet like Shakespearean plays are to acting or the Magna Carta is to laws of the United States. Even with this serious position, they are fun explorations of how ballet has developed through time.

Complete information about Movement Arts Atlanta’s summer classes and camps is available here. The six week session will begin on June 16 and run through July 30, 2020.


Dancing Class, Giraffes Can’t Dance & Rhinoceros Tap

Children, giraffes and rhinoceroses are all part of the featured books for Dance a Story: Session I. This camp for ages 5-7 will take place June 16, 17 and 18 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm each day. The 90 minutes sessions include yoga, beginning ballet technique, story time and learning a short dance based on the day’s book.

Inspirations for dances come from many places. Sometimes they are an idea that comes to the choreographer’s mind without prompting. Other dances are made as a reaction to an idea, situation or environment. For the Dance a Story virtual day camps, the dances learned will be inspired by the books used for the camps. Each book selected has dance as part of its narrative.

More information about the Dance a Story virtual camps is available here.


Summer Virtual Class Registration Open

From June 15 – July 30, Movement Arts Atlanta is offering six weeks of high-quality content with in-home support materials and lots of fun! Families can choose weekly classes or camps for students ages 4+.

Weekly classes include  Kinderdance (age 4), Ballet I (age 5 & 6), Ballet II (7+) and Intermediate Ballet with Variations (12+). All of MAA’s classes focus on instilling a love of dance along side sound technical development.

Three-Day Camps are offered for two age groups. Dance a Story camps are for students ages 5 -7. Three weeks of this camp are offered through the summer session with nine great books that talk about dance. Each camp day starts with movement which is followed by story time and learning a short dance. Great Story Ballet camps are for students 8+. Three sessions of this format are offered through the summer. Each session focuses on a story ballet and/or a period of time in ballet history. The session includes yoga, ballet technique, dance history discussion and a simplified versions of iconic dances from the ballets.

While MAA acknowledges that in-person classes are ideal, we have worked hard to improve the format and delivery of online content to connect with the students and families that we serve.  We have developed an at home kit which includes instructions for setting up the work space and creating the best environment for class. The studio from which the classes are broadcast has large monitor to help the instructor see each student. Importantly, MAA limits class size so that each student gets individual attention even in the virtual format.


Summer 2020: Survey Says?

Movement Arts Atlanta has been finishing up the 2019/2020 Season with virtual classes. And as we look forward to June and July of this year, we would like your help with selecting programming. We have created a short survey via Google Forms that should take about five minutes. Here is a link to the form: Movement Arts Atlanta 2020 Summer Planning Survey.


Weightless

To the Moon, will present Weightless a dance performance on Sunday, March 15 at 5:30pm at Tula Art Center’s Atrium (75 Bennett Street). The performance features 6 Atlanta-area choreographers and many amazing artists during a family friendly, 30 minute performance. There is free parking onsite and free admission! Limited seating available, feel free to bring your own chair.

Movement Arts Atlanta Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, will present a duet as a part of Weightless. The piece, Earlier Balance, is set to the music of Alexandra Stréliski and will be performed by Payton Horton and Jacob Lavoie both of ImmerseATL. Using the musical structure provided by the composer, this duet’s phrases attempt to balance each other. With both exact reversals and variations, the movements are offered as a metaphor for the ways in which we can balance the negative and positive in the hopeful pursuit of the neutral.


Summer Dance Survey

Have a minute? Take the Movement Arts Atlanta Summer Dance Survey. We want to know what you would like for your student during the months of June and July 2020.

Here is a link to the Google Form survey.

All responds before March 13 will be entered to win a $20 gift card from Whole Foods.


Recital 2020: Pollinator’s Parade

Movement Arts Atlanta will present its annual student recital on May 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm at the International Montessori Academy. Students ages 3 to 13 will participate in this annual event. Admissions is complimentary and the community is welcome.

This year’s ballet is The Pollinator’s Parade. Telling the story of the coming of spring, Mother Nature gets the help of gardeners, a humming bird, butterflies, a bat, a moth, and bees to make sure the garden is in good order.

First staged in 20014, this ballet is set the music of Stephen Foster (1826-1864).  The ballet uses many of his popular dance tunes. Two well know tunes of Foster are I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair and Oh! Susanna.


New Semester – Welcoming Returning & New Students

Classes for the 2020 Winter/Spring Semester began on Monday, January 6th. We welcomed returning student and several new students. Space is available at all levels to welcome you or your child to a classes. Movement Arts Atlanta has classes for ages 3+ in Kinderdance, Ballet and Ballet with Beginning Tap. Please, take a minute to see the classes available by visiting here. You may also want to take a moment to view our video page. These are the best example of MAA’s work.


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.


Come Fly with Les Papillon!

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the creation of the parade crew, L’Esprit des Papillons. 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 participate.

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.

The Papillon Practices (movement and costume construction) for our premier are set for Saturdays, February 1 and 29 and, Sunday, March 15, each from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Please, visit this Google Form to sign-up to participate.