Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


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.