Developing the Dancers of Tomorrow

and bringing movement and joy
to people of every age, every day.

Premier Classes and Camps for Ballet and Contemporary Dance Near San Luis Obispo, CA

The Movement Arts Center is a place for people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop through dance and other forms of movement. Our focus is on providing an age-appropriate ballet curriculum for kids six to 18, with an ultimate goal of preparing a group of advanced-level dancers, age 14 to 18, for acceptance to nationally recognized programs. We also offer a variety of dance classes and other events for kids and adults, including yoga, jazz dance, therapeutic movement and summer camps. See Our Philosophy to learn more. 


So whether you are looking for ballet by Avila Beach, Pismo Beach dance classes, or any form of dance near Shell Beach, Morro Bay, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande or anywhere along our Central Coast, our high caliber dance programs are just a short drive away!

Upcoming Events

Nov 04, 2018

"Pointe"settia Sale - Coming This Fall

Decorate your home or business for the holidays with beautiful poinsettias and help support the Movement Arts Collective when you do! The poinsettias are a deep, red color and come in 6.5” pots that are beautifully wrapped in festive pot covers. The price per plant is $12. Plants are available for order later this year and available for pick up or delivery the week of December 1st.

Nov 15, 2018

Presented by the Movement Arts Collective


Ballet Unbound Performance at the Performing Arts Center

The Movement Arts Collective presents, Ballet Unbound, its annual Fall Season of Ballet Classics, evocative Modern Dance, and Contemporary Ballet. This year’s iteration includes three works which focus on the theme of overcoming barriers. 

In Harlequinade, a one-act restaging of the classic ballet, love conquers all as Harlequin and his Columbine find each other on a starry night in Renaissance Venice. Maartje Lawrence-Hermans presents a World Premiere, titled Uprooted.  It deals with the theme of loss one experiences when leaving their culture and the internal and exterior barriers one faces when assimilating. Finally, Ryan Lawrence will preview a new work made as a Co-Production with Festival Mozaic. Set to two of Bach’s famed Cello Suites. Lawrence explores the co-existent and polar forces of creation and destruction with movement influenced by classical ballet, baroque dances, and dance theater. 

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