Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


New Class: Midweek Modern

Movement Arts Atlanta will begin Midweek Modern on Wednesday, January 6. The beginning level modern class is for children ages 6+ and adults and meets outdoors. The class meets at 10:00 am for an hour and will use yoga and modern dance technique to improve coordination and experience the joy of dance.

The class will run for 17 weeks through May 8. Tuition for the full semester is $340 and the drop in rate is $25. New students are welcome to try a class for free.

The class meets in Freedom Park at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Waverly Way. Students should wear moveable clothes, tie their hair away from their faces and bring a yoga mat.


New Semester Starts January 5th

Movement Arts’ Winter/Spring Semester begins on Tuesday, January 5th. The semester will continue a schedule of classes for children ages 3+ and adults in ballet and modern. MAA welcomes new students throughout the season, offers in-person, virtual and outdoor formats, and private lessons for singles, siblings and pods.

The Winter/Spring Semester runs for 17 weeks and will conclude on May 8, 2021. The semester will conclude with a performance opportunity for all student. The format for the 2021 Student Recital will finalized by the end of February. Prior recitals can be seen here.


Studio Addition: Air Purification System

The care and comfort of our students and their families is of the utmost importance at Movement Arts Atlanta. For the new year, the classes that take place in the studio will have the added benefit of an air purification system that includes both HEPA filtration and UV-C light sanitation.

MAA continues to offer class formats and studio protocols that give families choices to continue the joyful study of dance. Classes are offered in three formats; in person with distancing, virtually and outdoors. Additionally, we are happy to organize private lessons with one to five students.

 


Pod & Sibling Classes

Are you podding? Do you have a more than one child that would like to dance? Movement Art Atlanta can make an in-person, virtual or outdoor classes specifically for your small group or siblings. These classes can be in Kinderdance, Ballet or Modern. MAA has successfully added private classes to it offerings and welcome the opportunity to make a class that suits your small group and family’s needs.

Private classes can be organized to meet your and your small groups needs. To organize a class for your children or pod, please complete the form below and MAA Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin will contact you as soon as she is able. Alternatively, you can email movementartsatl@gmail.com or call 404-663-1155.


Flexibility: Format, Location, Curriculum

Movement Arts Atlanta has begun is 2020-2021 Season. And with this start, there is a lot of flexibility to meet the needs or the families that we serve. The majority of MAA’s classes are available in both in-person and virtual formats. We are offering an outdoor class in beginning modern that welcome many ages. And, we are organizing smaller sibling and pod classes.

For a sibling or pod classes, families can choose location, schedule and format for an in-person class for two or more students. Classes can take place either at the director’s home studio in Inman Park or an agreed upon location. Schedules can be managed to suit the needs of the family or group with availability in the morning, early afternoon or mid-afternoon. Tuition for these individualize classes is based on the same calculation as MAA’s private coaching rate of $60 per hour and will be finalized with the scheduling of the class.

MAA would be happy to talk to you about your family or group’s needs. Please, complete the contact form below or call Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin at 404-663-1155.


Elevate 2020: Not That Far Away

Movement Arts Atlanta is pleased to announce that Not That Far Away  will be included in Elevate 2020. Elevate 2020, from October 4-10, is a temporary public art program hosted by the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, that seeks to invigorate the Atlanta area through visual art, performances, and cultural events. Curator, Leatrice Ellzy Wright has selected Not That Far Away for the Tuesday, October 6 section of the festival entitled Quarantined, Masked and Socially Distanced. The majority of this year’s festival programs will take place virtually.

Not That Far Away was created during the summer of 2020 as a part of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ PANDEMIC ATLANTA. MAA’s director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin directed the project and choreographed. The work was performed by Evelyn McLaughlin, Margot McLaughlin and Mia Prausnitz-Weinbaum. Andrew Choe was the composer and the film was created by Carrie and Colleen Miller.

 

 


Let’s Go, One Step at a Time

Movement Arts Atlanta will being classes for the new season on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Ballet and Beginning Modern classes will be offered for ages 3 and up. Ballet classes are offered with virtual and limited in-person options. Beginning modern will be offered outdoors.

MAA’s ballet program begins with Kinderdance. This is a class for three and four year-old boys and girls that works on developing class taking skills, building gross motor skills and joy of dance. Ballet I – III introduce and support the development of classical ballet vocabulary while continuing to focus on the joy and pleasure of dance, the purpose of its study. Adult Dance rounds out the ballet focused curriculum at MAA. This class for mature movers uses yoga, physical therapy movements and classical ballet to support strength, balance and enjoyment of the body.

Multi-Age Beginning Modern is for ages 6 and above. Class will be held outside with social distancing in place. The class will work on strength and movement skills and present the natural based movements of modern dance.

Movement Arts Atlanta welcomes students throughout the season. Discounts are provided for multiple student in the same family and taking multiple classes.


Papillion Parade Crew

With everyone needing some outdoor time and fun, Movement Arts Atlanta, will start rehearsals again for its L’Esprit des Papillons. This will be group of movers that will gather to dance in events such as parades. We may even just pick a day to dance through the streets!

The group is open to movers ages 9 and older. All levels are welcome. For the moment the group will focus on learning short movement phrase that travel. Later in the process, we will work on creating costumes for the group.

The planned schedule for rehearsals is every other Saturday from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm. Please, meet in Freedom Park between Euclid Avenue and Austin Avenue.  Bring yourself, comfortable clothes, and a water bottle. The first Saturday meeting will be September 12, 2020.

For questions, please contact Ms. McLaughlin at movementartsatl@gmail.com


Not That Far Away

Over the months of June, July and August, Movement Arts Atlanta’s Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin completed a commission from the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to create a work in response to the pandemic. The outcome of this commission was a site specific performance and a dance film.

The five minuet work with original music by Andrew Choe, used movement to illustrate the needs of the primal brain for information as we interact. These needs have been impacted by the pandemic. Brains look for signs of ease and friendship in the other person and the environment of fear and the unknown created by the pandemic make these affirming signs less prevalent.

The work was performed by Mia Prausnitz-Weinbaum, Margot McLaughlin and Evelyn McLaughlin. The film was made by Carrie Miller with the assistance of Colleen Miller.

The live performance took place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in Freedom Park between Euclid Avenue and Austin Avenue. There were showings at 10:00 am and 10:30 am. It was attended Inman Park neighbors, and friends and family of the artists. The film was shot in three locations; Freedom Park, the BeltLine skate park and Piedmont Park.

The film can be view here. The work is available for performance, please contact Ms. McLaughlin at movementartsatl@gmail.com for details.

Funding provided by the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs


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.