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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.

Dance ClassesTo 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! Please pre-register! Registration deadline for all classes is 3 business days prior to the first class. After that, there will be a $20 late administration fee added to the cost of the 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).


Both Play and Dance and Jazz and Tap for Beginners will be offered as a one day workshop on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (at 10am and 11am respectively). This is a great opportunity to bring your little dancer to a one day workshop to have them try out the class beforehand. Parents who attend the workshop and then register for the October session will be given a $10 credit toward the class.
Workshop fee: $10 with online registration or $15 at the door.

Register for either of these workshops

Play and Dance (ages 3-5 years old)
Instructor: Samantha Simpson

Come join us in Play and Dance! In this class kids will become familiarized with basic dance concepts while playing games and exercising. Play and Dance is a great way for children to build confidence and creativity while encouraging healthy habits for body and mind. Please come dressed in comfortable dance clothes (leotards, footless tights, dance skirts, t-shirts, leggings, sweat pants) and bare feet or ballet slippers.
Saturdays 10:00- 10:50am
Cost: $60 per month
(based on 4 classes per month)
Classes Start first Saturday in October

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Jazz and Tap for Beginners (ages 6-8 years old)
Instructor: Samantha Simpson

Designed for the beginner, students will learn basic principles of both Jazz and Tap Dance. Both provide discipline, strengthening of the muscles, socialization, and most importantly - fun! Please come dressed in comfortable dance clothes (leotards, footless tights, dance skirts, t-shirts, leggings, sweat pants). Please bring Tap (or hard sole) shoes along with ballet or jazz shoes. We recommend (in center city) for shoes but they are available at most dance apparel outlets.
Saturdays 11:00 - 10:50am
Cost: $60 per month
(based on 4 classes per month)
Classes Start first Saturday in October

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Introduction to Dance Around the World (ages 6-8 years old)
Instructor: Samantha Simpson

In this special 6 week series, students will learn the basics in Ballet (Russia), Hula (Hawaii), Salsa (Cuba), Bollywood (India), Contemporary Dance (USA), and Belly Dance (Middle East), as well as a little bit of information about each country and their customs! Students should come in comfortable clothes for movement, bare feet or ballet shoes, and bring hard-soled shoes for specific dances.
Saturdays 12:00 - 12:50pm
Cost: $110 for 6 sessions
October 7 - November 11, 2017

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Floor Barre and Breathing for Life (ages 12-100+)
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 5:00 - 6:30pm
Oct. 1 - Dec. 3, 2017

Cost: All 10 Sessions - $120
Per month - $70
Single class drop-in - $20

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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, 11:30 – 12:30 pm Cost: $50 per month
Classes starts in September and run continously throughout the year.

Please contact the instructor directly at to make youre registration.

Nia Dance Technique (teen - adult) - Class resumes in September
Friday 9:30am - 10:30am
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.
Dates coming soon
This is a drop-in class which does not require pre-registration. Class is $10 or $90 for a 10-class card.
Registration for this Friday class is through Mt. Airy Learning Tree

There is also a second Nia Dance Technique class on Mondays from 8:30 - 9:30am. To inquire about availability in this class, please email the instructor directly at:

Core Fusion/ Ballet & Modern Dance Mat & Barre (Teen - Adult)
Tuesdays, (10 Weeks)
10 Week Session: $100.00*
Single On-Line : $10.00*, Walk-in : $11.00*
*Class Introductory Rates 

Class covers progression and choreography. Focusing on core, lengthening with stretching, flexibility, balance, coordination and movement. Fun class for those who enjoy a challenge with results. What to wear and bring: Comfortable clothing, socks or bare feet, cushioned exercise mat, towel, bottled water and a cover-up for after class.

Registration for this Tuesday class is through Mt. Airy Learning Tree

Appalachian Clogging (teen 16+ and adult) - Class resumes in September
The Music ClassSaturdays 1pm - 2pm
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. For dates and more info and a registration form see or call Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397
$32 for 4 classes (or $10 each)

Blues Dance, suitable for teen 16+ and adult
Wednesdays: 8:15 - 9:15 pm begin September 13, 20, 27
Get chill with the Blues. It's infectious rhythm is relaxed and smooth.
For more info and on--line registration see or call Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397

swingSwing Dance: Basics  (teen 16+ and adult) - Class resumes in September
Wednesdays: 7:00- 8:00pm - Sept. 13, 20, 27
Instructor: Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner
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.
For dates and more info and a registration form see or call Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397

Folk DanceFolk Dance  (teen 16+ and adult)
Folk dance on Tuesday evening From 8:15 until 10 pm, leaders from the Folk Dance Council of the Delaware Valley will be leading folk dances from Bulgaria, Romania, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Bolivia, France and many other cultures. The evening begins with easy warm-up dances and a short period of teaching. The rest of the evening is filled with a varied repertoire of international dances.  We welcome visitors, with or without experience and with or without partners We ask for a $5 donation and first-timers are free. Please wear soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Please contact the Council directly through their website at: for more information.