Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Welcome 2023!

Happy New Year to you and your family! As we begin 2023, Movement Arts Atlanta looks forward to another semester of service celebrating the joy of dance!

Classes for children and adults have begun, however, MAA welcomes new students throughout the season and would be happy to talk to you about what classes would be a good fit for you and/or your child. Here is a listing of classes with schedules and descriptions.

Plans for the Annual Student Recital are underway! This year’s ballet will be Pollinator’s Parade, a sweet and joyful welcoming of spring by Mother Nature and all her helpers. The performance will be Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 pm and will be open to the public, location is to be determined. Admission is free. Even if you are not a student of MAA you are absolutely welcome to attend. The performance is family friendly and is a delightful opportunity for children to learn to be good audience members.

MAA’s major arts project, A Time with Isadora, has several events in the first half of the year. Documentary premiers will take place in Athens and Atlanta. The Athens premier will be on Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 pm at Ciné and the Atlanta premier will be on Sunday, March 19 at 3:30 pm at The Plaza Theatre. This screening is also a part of the Atlanta Preservation Center‘s A Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites. The dance works that are a part of the project will be a part of the Inman Park Dance Festival which is a program of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 pm at the Trolley Barn. This performance is free and open to the public. To complete the cycle of the project, planning for a site specific performance in the Olmsted Linear Parks is underway. Look for this in May.

The Gift of Dance

Looking for the gift of an experience for your spouse ,child or grandchild? Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to organize gift tuitions for any of our classes. We welcome new students throughout the year and begin the Winter/Spring Semester on January 3, 2023. MAA offers classes for ages 3+ with Modern for children aged 7+ and Adult Beginning Ballet. A complete listing of classes with description is available here.

MAA’s tuition includes participation in the Annual Student Recital on May 20, 2022. This participation includes costuming and tickets for this yearly event. This year’s story ballet will the The Pollinator’s Parade.

MAA is also happy to organized items like books, sticker sets and craft items to accompany your gift.

All of MAA’s tuition is base on a rate of $23 per hour and includes instruction and all items related to performance (costumes and tickets) except tights and shoes.

Jesus & The Beatles: The Revolution is Now!

Movement Arts Atlanta is feeling groovy because of Jesus & The Beatles: The Revolution is Now! MAA’s Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin is the choreographer for two far-out numbers for this mash up of Beatlemania and the Christmas Story. Produced and presented by Inman Park Church, there are shows on Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 pm and Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 pm at the church, 1015 Edgewood Avenue NE, Atlanta Georgia in Inman Park. Admission is free and donations will be collected for The Stewart Center which is based in the Pittsburgh Neighborhood.

Beatles tunes tell the Christmas Story as re-imagined by the rock-‘n-roll Angel Gabriel. Jump-start your holiday by rocking out to an awesome live band, sassy story-telling, a bit of dancing, favorite Beatles tunes, and a magical mystery tour to a renewed Christmas story. Inman Park Church has previously presented Elvis & Jesus and Jesus & Aretha, with great success.

The Stewart Center has been serving the Pittsburgh Neighborhood in southwest Atlanta since 1916. Its programing focuses on education, wellness and housing solutions.

Come early for best seats! All you need is love…and a little help from friends —- so spread the word and be there!!!

Happy Thanksgiving! No Classes This Week

In observance of Thanksgiving, there are not ballet or modern classes this week.

As a reminder, the Summer/Fall Semester ends on Saturday, December 17th. The Winter/Spring Semester will run from January 3 – May 13, 2023. This will be followed by the Annual Student Recital on May 22 at 3:00 pm.

Annual Student Recital – Pollinators’ Parade Returns

Each May, Movement Arts Atlanta presents its Annual Student Recital. For the 2023, the story ballet for the show will be a restaging of Pollinators’ Parade which was first performed in 2014. The performance will be on Saturday, May 22, 2023 at 3:00 pm.

The ballet includes wonderful characters such as Mother Nature, the Gardeners, Flowers, a Bat, Butterflies, a Moth, Bees and a Hummingbird. It is set to the music of American composer Stephen Foster (1826-1864) who is best know for his popular songs: I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, Oh Suzanna, The Old Folks at Home, Camp Town Races and Beautiful Dreamer. The story line includes the arrival of Spring and Mother Nature needing help to get thing to full bloom.

To see the first staging of Pollinators’ Parade, visit here on the See What We Do page.

Wine Stroll Time

The students of Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) will perform as a part of the Inman Park Wine Stroll. This fundraising event for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association’s Security Patrol will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. There will be 14 porches serving wine, lots of live music, a food truck court and a bit of dance. Tickets are $50 and are available here. Stroll, sip and enjoy the beauty of live performance among the homes and buildings of Atlanta’s most iconic historic neighborhood.

MAA’s students will be performing excepts from the 2022 Annual Student Recital, Blackberry Ball. There will also be a opportunity for the audience to join in the dancing. The dance performances will take place at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm in front of Inman Park Church, 1015 Edgewood Avenue. Performances during the event are free and open to the public and may be attended without a wine stroll ticket.

The wine stroll is a fundraiser and is run 100% by volunteers. Volunteering for big events like the wine stroll is a fun way to connect with neighbors and new friends. If you would like to volunteer, here is a link to the sign up. Fundraising is always more fun with friends, new and old!


Salon Performance a Success

Last Thursday’s Salon Performance was a triumph. On September 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm an audience of just over ninety gathered at The Trolley Barn in Atlanta, Georgia for an evening of dance and conversation. The evening include a visual art exhibition of works that were catalysts for dances presented during the evening or works created during the project. After the performance of the dances, audience members offered questions for the artists to answer and discuss. Photographs from the evening can be seen here.

The visual art exhibition included work by three artists, Margaret Katz Nodine (1956-2015), Abraham Walkowitz (1878-1965) and John Ramspott. Three by Margaret Katz Nodine a four by five foot, oil on canvas was presented and is the image which inspired Carolyn Stine McLaughlin’s dance, Beauty Through Mattus. Two reprints, Isadora Duncan, in Green, Dancing and Woman in Red Dancing by Abraham Walkowitz were on display. Douglas Scott’s dance, You Were Once Wild Here, was in part a reaction to works by Walkowitz. The last groups of visual art pieces displayed were by photographer John Ramspott. They included a group from the Olmstead Linear Park Series and a selection of three images from the Inman Park Dance Festival Series.

The dancing of the evening began with Isadora Duncan’s Narcissus performed by Ashlee Jo Ramsey-Borunov. This work is from Duncan’s Dramatic period and dates from 1904. It was danced with skill and grace by Ms. Ramsey-Borunov.

The second offering of the evening was a suite from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora (1971). Each dance in this work represents a different period in Duncan’s life. Primavera which was danced by Mercy Matthews represents Duncan’s early years and the idea of Spring. It is a joyful dance which has direct echoes of Duncan’s Narcissus. This was followed by Maenad performed by Andie Knudson. Maenads are female followers of Dionysus and were said to perform frenzied, ecstatic dances and have super human strength during these episodes. The dance represents the period of Duncan’s life when she was in her full feminine power. Last of the suite presented was Niobe which was performed by Julianna Feracota. This solo based on the Greek myth of the same name, represents the tragic period in Duncan’s life when her children and their nanny’s carriage fell in to the Sein river in Paris and they all drowned. All three dances were performed by the same dancers at the Inman Park Dance Festival in April of 2022, the benefit of being able to perform these works again was apparent in the depth of the performance.

The next selection on the program was Carolyn Stine McLaughlin’s Beauty Through Mattus. This dance, like the prior selections on the program, was set to music by Chopin. The trio was danced by Charlotte Angermeier, Jenna Latham and Meagan Novoa. The contrasts of adagio and allegro in the music were reflected in the movement as the piece brought to life the figures in Nodine’s painting Three. The artists conveyed through the work the feelings of awe and joy.

The final work on the evening program was by Douglas Scott and was performed by the eight dancers of Full Radius Dance; AK Bayer, Vic Davis, Julianna Feracota, Jodie Jernigan, Courtney Michell McClendon, Ashlee Jo Ramsey-Borunov, Matthew Smith and Peter L. Trojic. The work included the intricate partnering which the company is known for. The lines of Walkowitz’s drawings could be seen in the lines of the dancers’ arms and in the contrapasso pose of a dancer in the later part of the work.

During the intermission, the audience was invited to give questions for discussion by the artists. The questions offered ranged from the practical; “How long did it take to learn the dances?” and “How do the dancers not breakdown and cry when the dance give so much emotion?”, to the cerebral; “How has being involved in this project affected you as a person?” and “What should the youth of today glean from Isadora’s transformation of modern dance?”

Many thoughtful responses were given by the artists, including a serendipitous one by John Ramspott, the project photographer. After first shooting the Limón masterclass and reconstruction in early April, he took a deeper dive into the life of Duncan and read her auto biography My Life. After reading this, he came to the idea that seeing Duncan’s work in a natural setting would be fitting and he began to look for sites to propose for a photoshoot. The one that he was drawn to was the Olmstead Linear Parks which are along Ponce de Leon Avenue. It turns out that the seed for the project came from this same site. More than a decade ago, with a Volvo full of children for carpool, the project director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin was stuck in traffic on Ponce de Leon Avenue at the Olmstead Linear Parks. As she was waiting, she look over at the beautiful rolling terrain of the park and immediately saw dancers moving with the buoyant and upward gestures of Duncan’s vocabulary.

You are Always Welcome

Movement Arts Atlanta welcomes new students throughout the year. Even though we are a month into the new season, we would gladly welcome you and/or your child to classes. There is availability at all levels; Kinderdance, Ballet I-III, Young Men’s Ballet, Adult Ballet and Multi-Age Modern.

MAA’s program has many benefits. These include small class size, professional instruction and all inclusive tuition. Inclusive tuition means that one fee covers the costs of registration, instruction and participation in the Annual Student Recital. This method of covering fees is very unusually. Tuition for students joining mid-semester is prorated.

For a complete schedule and description of classes please visit here.

Its Time for Isadora!

Movement Arts Atlanta’s major project, A Time with Isadora, will present its major presentation later this month! This evening will be on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at The Trolley Barn at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 and available here.

You are invited to a salon style evening of performance and conversation exploring how one artist influences many with the performance of historic reconstructions by Isadora Duncan, and José Limón and new works by Atlanta choreographers Carolyn Stine McLaughlin of Movement Arts Atlanta, Douglas Scott of Full Radius Dance and George Staib of Staib Dance.

The project has received attention from the community. It is featured as one of the four selection for the Fall Arts Preview in the Atlanta Journal Constitution in Cynthia Perry’s piece, Fall Arts Preview: new and classic works reflect rigor and inquiry. At the middle of the month, Amanda Sieradzki of ArtsATL will publish a preview of the evening. She wrote a wonderful preview of the Inman Park Dance Festival in April which included information about A Time with Isadora being part of the program with three dances from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora.

We hope the community will join MAA for it first major project presentation!

Blackberry Ball is Posted for You to See

On May 21, 2022, Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) presented its Annual Student Recital. It was a lovely show with live music and sweet performance by MAA’s students. The film of the afternoon’s show has been posted on Rumble for viewing. Here is the link.