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A Time with Isadora – A Major Project for MAA

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the beginning of its inaugural major project, A Time with Isadora. The project will present conversation and performance around the phenomenon of the “Mother of Modern Dance,” Isadora Duncan with original Duncan work, excerpts from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora and new works by Atlanta dance artists.

The first event of the project will be two Limón master classes with Natalie Desch. These will take place while Ms. Desch is in Atlanta to set the excerpts from Limón’s Dances for Isadora. The classes will take place Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at Dance Foundry. Further information about the classes and registration is available here. The cost of each class is $30, a package of two classes is $45.

The preliminary performance of the project will be the performance of two of Limón Dances for Isadora as part of the 20th Anniversary Inman Park Dance Festival which is a program of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes. The dance festival’s two free performances will take place Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in The Trolley Barn. The performances will include dances spanning more that 350 years of dance history with performance by Atlanta Historic Dance, Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, The Georgia Ballet, ImmerseATL and Movement Arts Atlanta.

During the period of May 2022 and September 2022, the project will continue with the reconstruction of an original Duncan work from the early 20th century and the commissioning of new works with the themes of one artist’s influence on another, how artists are inspired to make work and the misconceptions around how the creation of this work happens.

The second performance of the project will be a salon style performance that will include the Duncan selection, three excerpts from Dances for Isadora, the new works by Atlanta area choreographers and a moderated discussion on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 pm at The Trolley Barn. Tickets are available here.

Fundraising for this project is underway. Friends of Inman Park has agreed to be the fiscal agent for the project so that donations are tax deductible. The project is also looking for in-kind support such as hosting at the performances and organizing refreshments. Please visit the Support page for further details.

New Ballet I Class

Movement Arts Atlanta has several families interested in having a Ballet I class on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Ballet I is for children ages 5 and 6. MAA would like two to three more students to start the class. Class size is limited to six. Is this a good fit for a child in your household or a child you know?

Ballet I is a class that introduces the first steps of Classical Ballet vocabulary. With this it includes lots of fun with movement games and gross motor movement work. This is a great class to introduce the joys of dance! Please, visit here for more about the class.

Summer Classes & Camp

Registration is now open for Movement Arts Atlanta’s summer classes and camp! Even while we are in the cold of January, MAA invites you to think about spring! For 2022, there will be a week of Give It a Try classes and a week of World Dance Camp. Programs are available for ages 3 through adult.

Give it a Try Week will be Tuesday, May 31 – Friday June 3. Classes are held each of the four days. There are three choices for the week. Kinderdance for ages 3 and 4 is fun class which develops gross motor skills. Ballet I for ages 5 and 6 which continues with joyful exercises and introduces the first steps of classical ballet. Multi-Age Beginning Modern is for ages 7 through adult, take place outdoors and combines yoga. beginning modern exercises and choreography.

World Dance Camp is for children ages 7 – 11 and will be held Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10 from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm. Campers will have a modern dance warm up each day and then explore a different folk dance. For 2022, the students will learn Merengue, Bachatta, West African, Hula, Native American Intertribal Dance and Square Dance.

During World Dance Camp week, MAA students who participated in the 2022 Annual Student Recital will also be eligible to participate in Recital Redux. This is a rehearsal period and performances that are a part of MAA’s Outreach Performance Program. Currently, a performance at Wesley Woods Towers is confirmed and a second is to be determined.


Welcome 2022 Winter/Spring Semester

With 2021 coming to a close, it is time to look forward to the second half of the Season with the beginning of the Winter/Spring Semester. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The majority of classes will continue as scheduled during the last semester. New students are always welcome. In addition to beginning classes again, there are several wonderful things in the works including an original score and live music for the Annual Student Recital.

There is availability for new students in nearly every level, Kinderdance, Ballet all levels, Children’s Yoga and Multi-Age Modern. Movement Arts Atlanta is also looking for a soccer coach that works with boys ages 7-10 to develop a ballet-based class to support young athletes. Interested coaches and parents are asked to send an email to Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin at It is anticipated that the pilot program will run for six weeks and will work with four to eight young athletes.

In November of 2021, MAA’s Director began working with master of traditional Irish music, Moira Nelligan to create and original score for the Annual Student Recital, Blackberry Ball. The event will have a story ballet of the same name and a modern dance piece. Ms. Nelligan will also perform as a part of the recital continuing the Season’s focus on live music for dance. Ms. Nelligan and Ms. McLaughlin will use quadrille music of the early 1800s as an inspiration for the score. The modern piece which will be the second half of the program will use The Duke of Kent Waltz which was first published in 1802.

Quadrille is both a musical form and a dance form. The quadrille was a social dance of the 19th Century which was performed by groups of couples usually four but sometimes eight. The dance’s movements share lineage with ballet. Its terminology is also in French and movements such as plie/pliez, assemblé and balancé would be recognizable students of both dance forms. Ms. McLaughlin will use the etiquette of the 19th Century ballroom and the floor patterns of the quadrilles of the day as part of the choreography of Blackberry Ball. Interestingly, quadrilles are also the predecessor of American square dancing.

Please visit here for the current classes and schedule. Later this month look for updates on performances of the Outreach Performance Program and Summer Camp.



Traditional Tune Archive. (2021, May 18). Duke of Kent’s Waltz (1) – Traditional Tune Archive. Traditional Tune Archive; Traditional Tune Archive. – your index to 19th century dances. (n.d.). Retrieved December 30, 2021, from

Not Such a Mean One

As is tradition, Mr. Grinch has joined the Ballet Bunnies as we end the Summer/Fall Semester. He is assisting with leaps and gallop patterns. Mr. Grinch is a sweet addition to the last weeks of the semester which ends on December 19.

The Winter/Spring Semester will begin on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Classes for ages 3+ are available in Kinderdance, Ballet, Children’s Yoga and Multi-Age Modern. MAA welcomes new students throughout the season. To review the complete class schedule please visit here.


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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Dossier Liszt (5) : les Années de Pèlerinage. . . quarante années d’errance. (2020, May 7). Crescendo Magazine. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from


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.