Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance

Welcome 2023!

Happy New Year to you and your family! As we begin 2023, Movement Arts Atlanta looks forward to another semester of service celebrating the joy of dance!

Classes for children and adults have begun, however, MAA welcomes new students throughout the season and would be happy to talk to you about what classes would be a good fit for you and/or your child. Here is a listing of classes with schedules and descriptions.

Plans for the Annual Student Recital are underway! This year’s ballet will be Pollinator’s Parade, a sweet and joyful welcoming of spring by Mother Nature and all her helpers. The performance will be Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 pm and will be open to the public, location is to be determined. Admission is free. Even if you are not a student of MAA you are absolutely welcome to attend. The performance is family friendly and is a delightful opportunity for children to learn to be good audience members.

MAA’s major arts project, A Time with Isadora, has several events in the first half of the year. Documentary premiers will take place in Athens and Atlanta. The Athens premier will be on Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 pm at Ciné and the Atlanta premier will be on Sunday, March 19 at 3:30 pm at The Plaza Theatre. This screening is also a part of the Atlanta Preservation Center‘s A Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites. The dance works that are a part of the project will be a part of the Inman Park Dance Festival which is a program of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 pm at the Trolley Barn. This performance is free and open to the public. To complete the cycle of the project, planning for a site specific performance in the Olmsted Linear Parks is underway. Look for this in May.

Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 Season of classes offered by Movement Arts Atlanta. The season includes classes for ages 3+ through adults. There are Kinderdance classes for the youngest dancers, ballet and modern for elementary ages students, a ballet class just for boys aged 8+ and ballet for adults. New for the season are Saturday classes for ages 3-6 and a new discount level for families with multiple students who take also take multiple classes per week.

MAA’s classes offer limited class size, professional instruction, inclusive tuition and a schedule that ensures that students receive full class time.

Small class size ensures that classes are enjoyable, engaging and educational for the students. Classes for students ages 3-6 are limited to six students. For ballet for children ages 7+, classes are limited to 8. And, for Multi-Age Modern class size is limited to 12. These levels are well below the average in the Atlanta area.

MAA’s Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, who teaches all of MAA’s classes, has more that 30 years of teaching experience. She received her teacher training from the well-regarded program at Virginia Intermont College. Additionally, she has taken teacher training courses from Finis Jhung and Ernesta Corvino. She is also active in the Atlanta dance community, producing the Inman Park Dance Festival and arts project through MAA (A Time with Isadora) and serving on the board of Full Radius Dance.

Tuition for classes at MAA in inclusive of class instruction and all expenses associate with participation in the Annual Student Recital. Most schools charge registration fees, costume fees and charge for tickets to student performances. The Annual Student Recital is presented as a short story ballet with handmade costumes. These costumes stay with MAA and are reused, similar to what a professional ballet company would do.

MAA schedules its classes with a 15-minute buffer between classes. To our knowledge, no other dance school in the area does this. This allows for students and parents to be greeted and sent off from class with ease. It also makes sure that each class receives its full time of instruction. There is factually no way one class can end and another start at the same time.

Movement Arts Atlanta celebrates its 10th Anniversary with the 2022-2023 Season, and we hope you will be a part of this wonderful millstone!

Visit here for a complete schedule of classes.


A Time with Isadora: Update

A Time with Isadora, Movement Arts Atlanta’s (MAA) current major project, is making progress! Following are several updates, information about performances and what to look forward to next.

Since March 3, A Time with Isadora has raised $5,435 towards the first phase goal of $6,000. We hope to meet this goal by April 30. This first phase includes supporting the reconstruction of excepts from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora and the performance of these three dances during the Inman Park Dance Festival. After April 30, fundraising for the second phase of the project will begin. For this phase the goal is $9,000 which will support the reconstruction of an original Isadora Duncan work, commissions for three new dances by Atlanta choreographers and the performance of all of these dances on September 29 at the Trolley Barn.

From April 1 through April 4, Movement Arts Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, hosted Natalie Desch the Limón Foundation Reconstructor. She worked with three Atlanta based artists, Julie Feracota, Andie Knudson, and Mercy Matthews, who learn the solos, Primavera, Maenad and Niobe, which are three of the five dances of Limón’s Dances for Isadora. In addition to teaching these solos, Ms. Desch also taught two masterclasses which were attended by dancers from ages 10 to 75. The work of the weekend was joyful and engaging. These events were documented with photographs taken by John Ramspott. Here is a gallery of some of the reconstruction rehearsals and here is a gallery of one of the master classes.

During the last month, the three choreographers for the commissioned works have been confirmed. New works based on the theme of A Time with Isadora, how one artist influences many, will be made by: Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, Director of Movement Arts Atlanta; Douglas Scott, Artistic/Executive Director of Full Radius Dance; and, George Staib, Artistic Director of Staib Dance.

The first performance of the project will be the presentation of the three solos from Dances for Isadora at the Inman Park Dance Festival (IPDF). IPDF will celebrate it 20th anniversary during two free performances on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in the Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Avenue, 30307. MAA along with Atlanta Historic Dance, Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, the Georgia Ballet, and ImmerseATL will perform works spanning 350 years of concert dance; Baroque, ballet and modern.

Next steps for A Time with Isadora are exciting and numerous. Details about a documentary film are just around the corner. There will be more fundraising with solicitation of donations and sponsorships, a raffle and perhaps a champaign (Isadora’s favorite drink) tasting. There will be the reconstruction of an original Isadora Duncan work. Support will be provided to the commissioned artists as they make the new works for the project. And of course, all the details will need to be managed for the major performance of the project in September at the Trolley Barn.