Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Registration Update

It is amazing to think that Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) is a third of the way through its 2018-2019 Season. We have welcomed new and returning families, added classes, students are improving their skills and we have started planning for another joyful student recital in May 2019. At this point in the season, we would like to give a registration update.

Currently, all classes on the schedule can welcome new students. Unlike many dance schools, MAA chooses to welcome new students throughout the season. There is limited availability for Kinderdance, Ballet I and Ballet II with Tap and generous availability for Ballet III and above. Please note that places for current students will be held for the Winter/Spring Semester unless MAA is otherwise notified. Visit here for information about each class and available space.

MAA offers small class size, economical tution rates and professional instruction in an environment that purposefully fosters joy in hard work and pleasure in the art dance.


Student Recital 2019 – When & Why

We invite all Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA) families and friends to mark their calendars for the 2019 Student Recital which will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm. MAA will hold the recital at the International Montessori Academy, just east of Little 5 Points. Admission is free and family and friends are welcome to come and enjoy the dancing and light refreshments after the show.

MAA’s recitals are unique events for several reasons that effect the students, their families and friends.

First, MAA presents a short story-ballet to showcase the talents of the students. These ballets have a libretto that weaves together the dancing of all levels of performers, each  contributing to the whole. Unlike the majority of recital performances with their one dance for each class, this style of performance more closely matches the way of professional performers. It also builds community, provides mentoring opportunities for senior dancer and demonstration of what commitment can bring for junior dancers.

Second, MAA’s annual student recital is managed with economics in mind. MAA does not charge a separate recital fee to families. This cost is embedded in tuition. Families rarely choose not to participating in a recital. MAA sees a recital fee as a “junk” style fee like a registration fee. MAA does not charge these either. Costumes are provided by MAA and are reused and reworked year after year. This again mirrors the way professional dance organizations work. Additionally, manufactured dance costumes are high priced for the quality they offer. Also, the event is presented in a venue that allows for free admission. We do not believe that a family member or friend should have to pay to see the show. The audience is the guest of MAA.

Third, MAA’s Student Recitals are short. Last year’s running time was twenty minutes total, which included the ballet, two Tap numbers and curtain speeches. Very directly, our philosophy is that student performers should be beautifully costumed, well rehearsed, get on the stage and then get off. Young performers are able to handle shorter times with greater attention and joy. This make the experience good for them and therefore the audience, short and sweet.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Rock Fuel!

Movement Arts Atlanta is please to announce that it has become Bronze 2018-2019 Education Partner of Mary Lin Education Foundation. This program supports things like continuing education for Mary Lin’s teachers, curriculum enrichment and capitol improvements.

According to the Mary Lin Education Foundation’s website:

“The Mary Lin Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2008 to support long-term goals and critical resource needs for Mary Lin Elementary (home of the ROCKETS), an Atlanta Public School serving 640+ students in the Candler Park, Inman Park, Lake Claire and Little 5 Points neighborhoods. In 2016, the MLEF launched the ROCKET FUEL FUND, a major annual giving campaign to ensure the ongoing academic success of our students and the long-term financial health of our school.”

Supporting the community is important to Movement Arts Atlanta. Go Rockets!

New Kinderdance Class Forming

Movement Arts Atlanta is forming a new Kinderdance class on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm. This class is for children ages 3 and 4 and will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Kinderdance uses fun and creative games and movement exercises to improve movement, rhythm and class-taking skills. The class is limited to six students and tuition for the session which will run for ten weeks through December 11th is $135. All classes will be held at MAA’s Inman Park home studio.

Please, visit here for further information and to register.

Count Down to Class

The beginning of the 2018/2019 Season is just days away! We hope you have taken the time to consider one of our classes for you or the child in your family. We serve students starting at age 3 with Kinderdance, Ballet, Tap and Pointe. Our newest class, Adult Dance, combines ballet with yoga, PT exercises and world dances. Visit our Classes & Schedule page for complete information.

Why Choose MAA?

With all the choices that families and individuals have for dance training in a city as large as Atlanta, why should you choose Movement Arts Atlanta (MAA)? Here are three reasons to consider; we are not like the airlines, our classes are not childcare, this is not our first rodeo.

We are not like the airlines, we do not charge junk fees. MAA tuition includes all costs except dance clothes and shoes for the student. MAA does not charge registration fees. You are not asked to pay for being our customer. The costs related to student performances (costumes, theatre rental, tickets) are included in tuition. Performance are a part of the training experience, our product, so, why would you pay separately for this service?

There is a time and a place for childcare, but it is not dance class. All MAA classes are purposefully kept small. These small classes provide real, joyful training at any age. Time in a MAA class is about supporting the student, improving and inspiring. Real work gets done. FYI, these principals apply to our adult classes, too.

We have done this before and know that experience and training matter. Yes, even for the little ones. In fact, especially for the youngest students. MAA’s Director and primary instructor, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, has more than 25 years of experience teaching, directing and choreographing. Dance is what she does. She studied teaching in college, danced professionally and has taken continuing education courses throughout her career.. She and her colleagues are always looking for ways to be better instructors.

We all have choices to make in life and at Movement Arts Atlanta, we choose to see what we do as a privilege and a profession.