Simple, High-Quality & Joyful Study of Dance


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 movementartsatl@gmail.com 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.


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).