Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


New Season Begins August 12 – Registration Open

The 2018/2019 Season of Movement Arts Atlanta begins the week of August 12. 2018. The Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring Semesters will include classes for ages 3+ and adults.

Children’s classes include Kinderdance for ages 3 & 4, Ballet of ages 5 and older, Ballet with Tap for ages 7+ and Ballet with Pointe for ages 11+. Classes meet in the afternoons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Adult Dance will be offered on Tuesday mornings. This class will use Ballet barre work as its hub and include yoga, physical therapy exercises and world dances. Its goal is to take pleasure in movement while improving strength, balance and flexibility.

All Movement Arts Atlanta classes take place at Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin’s home studio in Inman Park just east of Downtown Atlanta

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Summer Classes Begin This Week

Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) begins summer classes this week on June 5. The classes meet twice per week and run through June 21, 2018. There are classes for ages 3+: Kinderdance, Ballet I, Ballet II with Tap and Ballet III with Tap. Complete descriptions and schedule are available here.

This short session has great benefits; current student can keep working on skills and enjoy moving and families that are considering dance training can tryout the unique qualities that MAA offers to students.

Movement Arts Atlanta offers important benefits to families and their students such as professional instruction, small class size and a easy in town location. Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin will be teaching all of these summers classes. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching and both collegiant and professional workshop pedagogy training. MAA’s class size is limited to eight which gives students individual attention and less waiting in line. All classes are held in Inman Park, a half-mile from Krog Street Market and the Atlanta BeltLine, which allows for a quick walk for parents and siblings during class or dinner after.

 


Help From Friends – MAA Students to Perform

The student’s of Movement Arts Atlanta will present a recital on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the International Montessori Academy, 1240 Euclid Avenue NE. The program will include two tap dances and a short story ballet, Help from Friends: Cinderella Get a New Dress.

Admission is free and friends, family and the public are welcome to attend. The performance will be followed by a short reception with light refreshments.


World Dance Camp Partnership

Movement Arts Atlanta will partner with Freedom Park Preschool to offer 10 days of dance for rising kindergarten through rising 2nd grade children. The camp will take place from June 18 – 29, 2018, meet from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, $450 for two weeks. Druid Hills Preschool is located at 502 Seminole Avenue NE, just southeast of the intersection of North Highland Avenue and Freedom Park.

The camp is a ten-day “trip” around the world with a dance and a song, or two! Each day will include a movement class to build gross motor skills and confidence, a lesson in a world dance and a craft or activity related to that dance. Planned “visits” include Tahiti, Poland and West Africa.

Please visit Freedom Park Preschool’s form to register.


Summer Dance with Movement Arts

Movement Arts Atlanta will offer three weeks of class for the month of June. These classes will meet twice each week for three weeks beginning on Tuesday, June 5, and finishing on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Kinderdance, Ballet I, Ballet II with Tap, and Ballet III are available for students age 3 and older.

Kinderdance is for children ages 3 and 4. This class is a fun and well directed introduction to dance and focuses on gross motor movement and learning to thrive in a class environment. Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5 – 21 at 3:30 pm until 4:15 pm, tuition is $77.00.

Ballet I is for girls and boys ages 5 and 6. This class introduces the beginnings of classical ballet vocabulary while continuing to develop gross motor movement and a joy of moving. Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5-21 at 4:30 pm until 5:15 pm, tuition is $77,

Ballet II with Tap is for ages 7 – 9. Continuing the development of classical ballet vocabulary, this class adds Tap for fun and rhythm development. Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5-21 at 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm, tuition is $102.

Ballet III with Tap is for ages 9 and older with prior training. With a focus on proper use of the feet and strong body placement, this class builds strength and joy in the classical vocabulary then adds Tap for musicality and continued development of coordination. Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5-21 at 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm, tuition is $128.

Further information is available here.

To sign up for class please visit here.

Note: Class times updates from original post.


Temporary Thursday Schedule

Since the Atlanta Public Schools will be extending their school day for 30 minutes until March 30, 2018, Movement Arts Atlanta will have a temporary class schedule during this period for classes held on Thursdays.

Until March 30, 2018 Thursday’s class schedule will be:

Ballet I, 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Kinderdance, 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Ballet III with Tap, 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

After March 30 until May 24, 2018 the schedule will return to:

Ballet I, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Kinderdance, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Ballet III with Tap, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm


New Addition to Studio

Looking forward to Tuesday’s Ballet III class. They have been promised a new barre for months. This beautiful piece of equipment comes from Finis Jhung’s website. It is by far the best portable barre on the market.

Jhung is a master teacher whose thoughtful and logical approach to teaching ballet is used in every ballet class at Movement Arts Atlanta. MAA Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin attended one of his teacher workshops and has been using his principles for more than a decade. Jhung’s work is frequently focused on adult beginners but its principles of proper aliment and knowledge of transitions between movements is valuable to any age and skill level of dance student.

MAA students all begin learning classical ballet without a barre. This facilitates learning to transfer the weight of the body from one foot to the other which is the underlying principle of all dance movements. After a student has good skill with three of the primary moments of dance: plié, bend of the knees; tendu, stretch of the legs; and relevé, rise up on to the balls of the feet; then they come to the barre to work on the multiple variations of this vocabulary.