Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Thank You Tate Family!

The Tate Family is Movement Arts Atlanta’s most recent patrons of the Live Music Patronage Program. We are truly grateful for another week of live music for classes on Tuesday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 3.

Campbell Tate is currently enrolled in Ballet II. She always brings a smile to class. Previously, she took Kinderdance. Her older sister Emmeline has also studied with MAA. MAA has had the pleasure of being of service to the Tate Family since 2015.

More information about the Live Music Patronage Program can be found here.

Wine Stroll Fun!

From left to right: Julianne Gordon, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, Mab McGinnis, Campbell Tate, Amity McGinnis, Danica Kolay and Rhona McGinnis

Thank you to the students and their families that supported Movement Arts Atlanta participating in the Inman Park Wine Stroll on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The afternoon included five performances with ballet selections, a modern dance and an audience participation section called Dance-A-Long.

The younger students looked lovely in their dark green tutus and ended each show in leggings with a silly accessory. The middle section, a modern phrase performed twice with different music, was performed by a trio of two adults, including Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, and a student age ten. Grandparents, neighbors and wine stroll guests enjoyed putting on the colorful costume pieces (hats, scarves and tutus) and joining in the dancing.

MAA thanks the Inman Park Wine Stroll committee for the opportunity to participate in the Inman Park Neighborhood Association fundraiser. Thank you to the Garland Condominium and our onsite contact Shawn Lingle for such a lovely place to dance. A special thanks to Wine Stroll Committee members Karen Heim, Ro Lawson, Sally Dorn and Eric Goldberg.

Salon Concert November 6th 2PM

Movement Arts Atlanta will present pianist Cagdas Soylar in an afternoon concert on Saturday, November 6 at 2:00 pm. Ms. Soylar will play works by Beethoven, Erkin and Liszt. The event will be held at MAA’s in-home studio at 87 Druid Circle NE, 30307 and admission open and a gift to the artist is requested, suggested amount is $20.

Ms. Soylar recently moved to Atlanta where she is teaching and playing. Originally from Turkey where she attended conservatory from the age of 11. She holds a multiple masters and a doctorate in piano performance. She has perform internationally in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. A more complete biography is available here at Intown Piano’s website. She has recently joined the faculty of this school.

The afternoon’s concert will run for about an hour and will include Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110, Erkin’s Impressions and Liszt’s Venezia et Napoli. Sonata #31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110 was completed in December of 1821, a year when a woman Beethoven loved died, he suffered from rheumatic fever and jaundice. The trio of songs is described as contrasting grief and beauty. Ulvi Cemal Erkin is a Turkish composer who lived from 1906 to 1972. He was integral in creating a Turkish national sound that blended traditional folk melodies into the symphonic format. Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was a sensational performer and composer of the Romantic Era who was know for great bravora and giving concert proceeds to charitable causes. Venezia et Napoli comes from a larger group of works know as Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) which includes works said to be inspired by love and nature from the composer’s time in Switzerland and Italy. As is the case with the selection by Erkin, Liszt also relied on folk music as inspiration for his work.

This concert is a part of MAA’s Live Music Patronage Program. Ms. Soylar has also been playing for week day children’s classes. It is hoped that this program will continue with live musical accompaniment for class and more salon style concerts.



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Thank You McGinnis Family!

A happy moment after class with students, Campbell Tate and Rhona McGinnis, Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin and pianist Cagdas Soylar

The McGinnis Family is Movement Arts Atlanta’s first patrons of the Live Music Patronage Program. We are truly grateful for another week of live music for classes on Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 13.

Three out of the five members of the McGinnis Family dance with MAA. Mom, Amity takes Adult Ballet and Mulit-Age Modern. Daughter, Mab takes Ballet III and Multi-Age Modern. And, daughter, Rhona takes Ballet II. The McGinnis family has been a part of the MAA community since 2018.

More information about the Live Music Patronage Program can be found here.

Live Music Patronage Program

For three weeks in the month of October, Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) has piloted having live piano accompaniment for weekday children’s classes, Kinderdance through Ballet III. This has been a great pleasure for the students, their families, our guest pianist Cagdas Soylar and Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin. There are two ways that MAA would like to continue this support of live music.

First, is with patronage support to continue with live music for the classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The cost per week for the two days is $200. A family or an individual may sponsor a day of classes at $100, a week at $200, multiple weeks at the rate of $200 or the remainder of the semester which at the time of publishing this post is $1,400.

The second way that MAA will manage the Live Music Patronage Program is with in-studio salon concerts. These will be live performances at the Druid Circle studio with small audiences. The first is planned for Sunday, November 21 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Suggested gift to the artist will be $20 and light snacks and drinks will be served. Details of repertoire and reservation information will be announced soon.

To become a part of the the Live Music Patronage Program, please email or call Director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin for the management of your gift at or 404-663-1155 respectively.

Live Broadcast This Week – Oct 12 & 13

Because we are about to go into our third week with live music for class, Movement Arts Atlanta invites parents, friends and family to join us to watch and listen to weekday children’s classes. It has been such a pleasure to have our pianist, Cagdas Soylar. The live broadcast will be available via MAA’s Facebook page at this link.

Here is the schedule for the week:

  • Kinderdance – Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
  • Ballet I – Wednesday, October 13, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
  • Ballet II – Wednesday, October 13, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Ballet III – Tuesday, October 12, 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

MAA welcomes new students throughout the season. For further information about classes offered, please visit the Classes & Schedule page. We also offer private coaching, podded classes and sibling classes.

Adult Beginning Ballet – New Time

Movement Arts Atlanta’s Adult Beginning Ballet Class has a new time as of October 14th. This one-hour class will now be from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on Thursdays. New students are always welcome and to try a class is complementary. The regular rate (semester) is $22 and the drop in rate is $25.

This class uses classical ballet to support balance, flexibility and joyful movement. The class adapts to its attendees welcoming both the absolute beginner and the returning student.

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).

Dancing for the Stroll!

Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) is honored to be invited to dance at the Inman Park Wine Stroll. The event will take place on Saturday, October 23 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm on the porches and in the galleries in the historic Inman Park Neighborhood. Tickets are $50. MAA will be performing at 764 Edgewood Avenue at from 1:15 pm until 3:15 on the half-hour.

The Inman Park Wine Stroll is an annual fundraiser for the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. 2021 will be the 8th year of this fun event. This year will be the first year that the event will be held on neighborhood porches and in neighborhood art galleries and will include music, visual art and dance.

Participating in this event is part of MAA’s Outreach Performance Program. The public is welcome to come and enjoy the days activates without partaking of the wine.

Welcome to Kinderdance

Thank you to parent, Morgan Grace Honeycutt, for sharing this beautiful picture.

Our first day of classes included welcoming new students to Kinderdance. Our youngest students met the Ballet Bunnies; Betty, Bernard, Bella and Benedict, learned the Pink Foot, Blue Foot Song and made their first attempts at the ever-loved Chicken Hop.

Movement Arts Atlanta’s 2021/2022 Season includes classes for ages 3 through adult in Kinderdance, Ballet, Modern and Children’s Yoga. A full schedule of classes with descriptions if available here. MAA welcomes students throughout the Season.