Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


Tuned Up and Ready to Play!

The piano in the studio just got tuned awaiting the arrival of pianist Cagdas Soylar. She will accompany weekday children’s class for three weeks starting on Tuesday, September 28 as a pilot program to use live music for classes. It has been a longtime plan to have live music for classes at Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA). Live music is unusual these days but it is hoped that it will add to the learning and joy of class for the students of MAA.

Historically, all dance classes were accompanied by live music, usually piano for ballet and drums for modern. Interestingly, music for dance was once considered lower, not serious. We have have American Modern Dance Pioneer, Isadora Duncan, to thank for helping to change this attitude. Much to the establishments chagrin, she chose to dance to works from “serious” concert composers such as Beethoven and Gluck. Now it is common for dances to be made to any kind of music the choreographer chooses. Duncan also was an early proponent of using dance to explore social themes.

For MAA’s live music pilot, Soylar and MAA Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, will use three suites of music; Sergei S. Prokofiev’s Music for Children op. 65 (1935), Dmitri Shostakovich’s Dances of the Dolls (1952-62), and Peter I. Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album op. 29 (1878).


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.