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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/Seniors

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 number to the address on the form. If you have questions, call 215-248-0546 ext. 3. 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.

The Dance Program for Children and Teens at Allens Lane Art Center will take a break this summer as planned as we prepare to host our Summer Art Camp - 2015 (ages 5 - 12). A variety of dance and theater classes will resume in the Fall (September). Please check back in late summer to see our dance class offerings or make sure to sign up for our email newsletter: to have announcement about classes, performances, exhibitions and more delivered to your inbox. Thank you and have a great summer.

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.

Please contact the instructor directly at to make youre registration.

Body Percussion for Adults (adult)
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.
Tuesdays, 6 - 7pm Cost: $48 per month
Classes starts on February 3, 2015 and run continously.
Register for this class

The Music ClassAppalachian Clogging (teen - adult)
Wednesdays: 7 - 8 pm; Jan 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25
  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 its 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 Classes:
Wednesdays, 8 - 9:15pm

Part 1:
Jan 21, 28, Feb 4
Part 2 (Beyond the Basics):
Feb 11, 18, 25
Get hoppin' and boppin', jumpin' and jivin', and generally in the Swing. The courses will cover the basics and beyond 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.

Part 1:
March 4, 11, 18
Part 2:
March 25, April 1, 8
Expand your repertoire of cool swing moves & develop your partnering skills. Course material will include 8-count Lindy style patterns.
Instructors: Peggy Leiby and Ret Turner
Singles or Couples Welcome ~ Registration will be reasonably gender balanced
Class sizes will be limited to maximize individual attention

  • 3 lessons: $30
  • 6 lessons: $48 (additional lessons continue @ $8)
  • Try a lesson: $12

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