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Living together in the community through the arts

Since its founding in 1953, Allens Lane Art Center has been a cornerstone of the Mt. Airy community by bringing the residents together to participate in and enjoy the arts.  Whether its art classes for children or adults, amazing art exhibitions or cutting edge plays on the mainstage, there is something for everyone at Allens Lane.

601 West Allens Lane ~ Philadelphia, PA 19119 ~ p: 215.248.0546

DANCE CLASSES - Children/Teens/Adults

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for all classes.

To register for classes, please use our Online Registration Form or you can print out our form (.pdf) and mail with check, money order or Mastercard/Visa/Discover number to the address on the form. If you have questions, call 215-248-0546. Classes will run only if enough students register. If you are registered for a class and it does not run, you will be notified of the cancellation and your class fee will be refunded. Otherwise, assume the class is running. Please pre-register! Registration deadline for all classes is 3 business days prior to the first class. Please note that some classes are run by other companies who do their own registration (there are special instructions for those companies on how to register for those classes below).

Dance ClassesCreative Dance (ages 3-5 years old)
Instructor: Samantha Simpson
Come join us in Creative Dance class! In this class we’ll have fun exploring dance concepts, developing dance skills, strengthening the body and brain and interacting with others. Creative Dance is a great way to help young children build confidence, engage in creative problem-solving, work with others and encourage healthy habits for their mind and body.Clothes: Please come dressed in comfortable dance clothes (leotards, footless tights, dance skirts, t-shirts, leggings, sweat pants) and bare feet.
Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: $50 per month

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Ballet for Beginners (ages 6-8 years old)
Instructor: Samantha Simpson
This class is designed with the beginner ballet student in mind. Classes will have a flavor of fun while learning the steps and positions of ballet. Each class will encourage the students to dance their inner ballerina through ballet stories and creative dance explorations. Ballet class attire for girls is leotard and tights with ballet slippers (skirt is optional), for boys t-shirt and leggings or sweatpants with ballet slippers.
Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm
Cost: $50 per month

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Modern Dance (ages 9-12 year old)
Instructor: Samantha Simpson
Modern Dance classes will focus on developing dance technique skills and applying them to longer and more complex movement phrases. Emphasis will be placed on dynamic dance alignment and the expressive use of the body in motion. Classes will build progressively and students are encouraged to attend successive sessions, but new students may be enrolled at the start of each new monthly session.
Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm
Cost: $55 per month

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Floor Barre and Breathing for Life (ages 12-100+) - New
Dance ClassesInstructor: Rhonda Moore
Risking presumption while owning all responsibility, dance artist and educator Rhonda Moore explains why she has coined the name “MooreBarre” for the class she facilitates.:

“Early training with Romana Kryzanowska, Ernest Pagnano and Carlos Palacios left indelible impressions regarding the mind-body connection and the inherent ability we all possess, whether as dancers or “movers” of all disciplines and all walks of life to access the body’s natural potential for deeper, more satisfying strength, control and internal/external spatial awareness. My work with dancers and singers over the past 30 years continues to support a deep belief in the power of this floor work. I‘ve embraced this discipline in a very special, very personal way. Coining the term “MooreBarre” is just my way of honoring my mentors while letting the world-at-large know that this thing I teach has been customized and sculpted to incorporate the body experience I’ve absorbed through the many places and people I’ve been blessed to meet and assist during my journey through sound and movement. Combined with goal-specific respiratory exercises and imaging, the floor work maximizes skeletal strength while creating an engaged, protective muscular shield around structurally weak or physically worn areas of the body. In floor barre class people learn how to use their physical potential to the fullest, maintaining and even surpassing their personal best.” Material List: Yoga mat/exercise mat or towel, soft socks

Sundays 4:30-5:45pm
Cost: $100.00/course (10 classes) or ($11.00 drop-in fee
- pay to instructor on the day of class)
Spring Semester - April 3 - June 5
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So You Think You Can('t) Line Dance? (ages 12 -100+) - New
Instructor: Rhonda Moore
This is line dance with all the bells and whistles: content-connected warm-up, endurance training, joint conditioning through isolation exercises, and studies in rhythm and timing. Special focus on portraying diverse dance styles and discovering individual strengths and movement habits. The class will also workshop an original line dance, built from movement generated from the students themselves. Material List: shoes with clean soles for studio use, comfortable clothing

Sundays 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Cost: $80.00
for 10 classes or ($10.00 drop-in fee - pay to instructor on the day of class)
Spring Semester - April 3 - June 5
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Tap for Adults
Instructor: Timothy Yue

Develop your rhythmic skills with Philadelphia low, fast hoofing, which was created on the city's streets in the 1930s. This session we'll focus on great classic tap pieces from the Legendary LaVaughn Robinson, and blues from Howlin' Wolf. Especially useful for musicians. (Tap shoes required.)
Sundays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Cost: $50 per month
Classes starts on September 12 and run continously throughout the year.

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Body Percussion for Adults (teens and adults) - New Date and Time
Instructor: Judy Freed
If you've seen and enjoyed STOMP, or if you've wanted to experience your own body as an awesome musical instrument, or if you're looking for a new way to express yourself through sound and motion, then this class is for you! We will create rhythmic orchestrations together, using only our bodies. Dancers, drummers, and lovers of movement and rhythm at all levels are welcome. NOTE: For medical reasons, this is a fragrance-free class.  Please refrain from using scented products (perfumes, lotions, oils, sprays). The instructor may be contacted with any questions.
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Saturdays 3:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: $12/class, or $45 for a series of 4 classes

Nia Dance Technique (teen - adult)
Monday 8:45 - 9:45am
Instructor: Lisa Zahren

Nia Dance Technique is a tool for accessing the universal human need to move. Through using a blend of dance, martial-arts, mind-body practices, we will use this highly adaptable practice to explore alignment, sustain energy, challenge our cardiovascular training, and most of all, experience deeply the sensations of movement to increase the pleasure and joy of living in a human body. It is fun and sweaty, done to soulful world music which will take you on a beautiful journey within your home for life: your body.Nia is generally done barefoot, but if injury or comfort requires a student to wear shoes, please be sure that they are clean, indoor shoes.
Jan. 18 - June 6 (excluding 2/15, 3/28, 6/30)
This is a drop-in class which does not require pre-registration. Class is $10 or $90 for a 10-class card which expires 6/6/16.

Please contact the instructor directly at to make youre registrations.

There is also an additional Nia Dance class through Mt. Airy Learning Tree on Fridays.

Zumba (Teen - Adult)
Zumba - Let It Move You
Tuesday: April 5 - May 31, 2016
Instructor: Karen Taylor-Young
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
9 Week Session / $90.00 / $11.00 drop-in fee
Please pay the instructor before class.
Each Zumba class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness - cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. Zumba classes incorporate a variety of basic Latin and international dance steps and patterns ... Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Mambo, Polynesian, Broadway Jazz, and more. You are welcome to bring your 1 or 2 lbs. weights. We will occasionally add Toning to the class. What to wear and bring: Comfortable clothing, Indoor Sneaks/Exercise Dance Shoes without treads, towel, bottled water, and a cover-up for after class.
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Ballet and Modern Dance Mat Barre (Teen - Adult)
Tuesday: April 5 - May 31, 2016
7:20pm- 8:30pm
9 Week Session / $90.00 / $12.00 drop-in fee.

Please pay the instructor before class.
A basic barre and floor work class. Ballet , Modern Dance, and Fitness. Focusing on core, muscle toning, and flexibility. Mat Barre is an alternative to the traditional barre class, and for those who prefer mat work. This is a dance based class. Previous dance experience not required. This class is based on the instructors experience and journey as a professional dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer. What to wear and bring: Comfortable clothing, socks or bare feet, cushioned exercise mat, towel, bottled water and a cover-up for after class.
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The Music ClassAppalachian Clogging (teen - adult)
Saturdays 11am - Noon
Instructor: Peggy Leiby

Learn Appalachian Clogging, percussive dancing to old time music. A country cousin to tap dance, though stylistically quite different, it is a uniquely American dance form that emerged from a melting pot of influences Celtic, African and Cherokee. Three good reasons to clog: You become the rhythm section on the dance floor, you can't help but smile while dancing, and it’s great exercise. Hard soled shoes that slide or low-heeled tap shoes are recommended.
$48 for 6 classes (or $10 each)

For more info and a registration form see or call Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397

swingSwing Dance: Basics & Beyond the Basics
Wednesdays: 7:00 - 8:00 pm (practice time: 8 - 8:15)
Basics: Feb 3, 10, 17
Beyond the Basics: Feb 24, March 2, 9

Get hoppin' and boppin', jumpin' and jivin', and generally in the Swing. The course will cover the basics of East Coast style swing, then go into easy-to-learn and popular swing moves that you'll find yourself enjoying on the dance floor.

Swing Dance: Intermediate- level
Wednesdays: 8:15 - 9:15 pm (practice/warm-up: 8 - 8:15)

Intermediate-level: Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9
Expand your repertoire of swing moves and develop your partnering skills. Course material will include Charleston steps from the 20s & 30s, 8-count Lindy style patterns; and Foxtrot transitions, footwork & variations.

For more info and for registration call Ret Turner or Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397

Tango (American Style)
Wednesdays: 7:15 - 8:30pm

April 20, 27, May 4

It's playful, fun and accessible! After starting with the basic step and rhythm, we'll move to favorite flourishes.
For more info and for registration call Ret Turner or Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397 or click on