Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


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, Les Esprit des Papillon. 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.


New Season Registration Open

The 2019-2020 Season of Movement Arts Atlanta will begin on August 11 and registration is open for all students. Celebrating its 7th year of serving students and families, MAA offers high-quality classes for ages 3+ with small class size, professional instruction and modest tuition rates.

Class schedule, description and tuition rates are available here.

Children’s instruction begins with Kinderdance for ages three and four. This leads to the study of classical ballet for ages five and six with Ballet I. As the child gets older, tap is added to improve rhythm, support balance and foster performance quality. As students reach early adolescence, ladies add pointe work to their ballet vocabulary.

Class size is limited for all of MAA classes. This is to ensure individual attention for all students, both children and adults. This is particularly important for younger students so that they learn that dance class is a time of focused, joyful work.

MAA’s primary instructor and director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, has more than 30 years of teaching experience. As a native of Atlanta she trained with Southern Ballet of Atlanta. She then attended Virginia Intermont College which was highly respected for its teacher training curriculum. She has danced professionally and is the founder and director of the annual Inman Park Dance Festival.

Tuition for MAA classes is paid as a flat fee per semester. Instead of charging separate registration, tuition and recital fees, two semester payments include all costs related to participating in classes except for clothing and shoes. Rates begin at $19 per hour and discounts are applied for multiple students per family and for multiple classes per student.

Movement Arts Atlanta is an excellent choice for dance training in town for both children and adults. MAA looks forward to being of service to you and your family.