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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).


The Music ClassBallet Classes with Carol Ribner
Our program of three graduated ballet classes offers students excellent classical ballet training that is rigorous but designed to instill a love of the art form in a caring and joyful environment. The curriculum embraces traditional ballet principles based on the Vaganova (Russian) ballet syllabus and follows a structured sequence of levels intended to increase students’ technical skills, stamina, discipline and artistry in accordance with their age and physical development.

At ages six and seven students may take Primary Ballet which serves as an introduction to the study of ballet in an age appropriate way. Beginning at age 8 students may take Ballet Level 1 and progress through the levels at their own pace. It is common for students to spend more than one year at each level. Students are invited to move up to the next level after they have demonstrated full understanding of the previous level. Children attend dance classes without a parent or guardian. All students age 6 and above perform in a year-end, performance. Younger students have periodic visitors’ days when parents are invited to watch the class.

Primary Ballet (ages 6 and 7) - New
Instructor: Carol L Ribner
This class is designed for children ages six and seven. Primary Ballet is an introduction to a traditional ballet class, which includes classical ballet barre exercises, steps in the center, and traveling across the floor. Character ballet dances (based on folk dances of many nations) is also part of the program. In this hour long class young dancers will do all of these elements of the ballet class, while emphasizing a joyful atmosphere. We recommend that students at this level attend one class per week.
Saturdays 11am - 12pm or Tuesdays 4:30 - 5:30pm
Cost: $144 for 12 sessions

Saturday Schedule:
Fall Semester - Sept. 19 - Dec. 19 (no class Oct. 31 and Nov. 28)
Winter Semester - Jan 2 - Mar. 19
Spring Semester - Mar. 26 - June 18 - final performance (no class April 23)

Tuesday Schedule:
Fall Semester - Sept. 15 - Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 3 and Dec. 8)
Winter Semester - January 5 - Mar. 22
Spring Semester - Mar. 29 - June 18 - the last class will be on Sat. for final performance (no class April 26)

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Ballet - Level 1 (ages 8 and up) - New
Instructor: Carol L Ribner
This begins the student’s formal training in ballet. This level will focus on the fundamentals of ballet technique including proper body alignment, turn-out of the legs, use of arms (port de bras), French terminology and musicality. Each lesson consists of barre, center, and allegro work. It is recommended that students at this level take two lessons per week.
Saturdays 12:15 - 1:15pm or Tuesdays 5:45 - 6:45pm
Cost: $144 for 12 sessions

Saturday Schedule:
Fall Semester - Sept. 19 - Dec. 19 (no class Oct. 31 and Nov. 28)
Winter Semester - Jan 2 - Mar. 19
Spring Semester - Mar. 26 - June 18 - final performance (no class April 23)

Tuesday Schedule:
Fall Semester - Sept. 15 - Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 3 and Dec. 8)
Winter Semester - January 5 - Mar. 22
Spring Semester - Mar. 29 - June 18 - the last class will be on Sat. for final performance (no class April 26)

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Ballet - Level 2 (ages 9 and up) - New
Instructor: Carol L Ribner
This class is for students age 9 and up who have completed Ballet Level 1 or the equivalent. This is a continuation of Level 1 with new emphasis placed on positions of the arms and head, direction of the body and increased movement vocabulary. It is recommended that students at this level take two lessons per week.
Saturdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm or Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm
Cost: $144 for 12 sessions

Saturday Schedule:
Fall Semester - Sept. 19 - Dec. 19 (no class Oct. 31 and Nov. 28)
Winter Semester - Jan 2 - Mar. 19
Spring Semester - Mar. 26 - June 18 - final performance (no class April 23)

Tuesday Schedule:
Fall Semester - Sept. 15 - Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 3 and Dec. 8)
Winter Semester - January 5 - Mar. 22
Spring Semester - Mar. 29 - June 18 - the last class will be on Sat. for final performance (no class April 26)

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Joyful Dance (ages 3.5 - 5) - New
Instructor: Carol L Ribner
This class focuses on the joy of moving and the exploration of creative ideas through movement. It introduces the preschool child to ways to move through space like galloping, skipping, sliding, running, leaping, jumping and hopping. Dancers explore shape, space, rhythm and qualities of movement. Stories, poetry, art, music and nature are used as inspiration for dance. Designed to match the developmental needs of 3.5 to 5 year olds. Children must have turned age 3 by March 15, 2015 to be the minimum age for this class.
Saturdays 10:00 - 10:45am
Cost: $144 for 12 sessions

Saturday Schedule:
Fall Semester - September 19 - Dec. 19 (no class Oct. 31 and Nov. 28)
Winter Semester - Jan 2 - Mar. 19
Spring Semester - Mar. 26 - June 18 (no class April 23)
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Joyful Dance (ages 6 - 12) - New
Instructor: Carol L Ribner
Based on the work of Florence Fleming Noyes and Isadora Duncan young dancers have a joyful dance experience using the body’s natural movements. Children will learn the fundamentals of technique and will experiment with the many different ways to move. Elements of dance are explored such as shape, space, energy, rhythm, breath, and movement qualities. In addition dancers learn to move through space with gallops, skips, slides, runs, leaps, jumps and floor patterns. Literature, art, music and nature are used as inspiration for dance and are creatively woven into the class. While freedom of movement and creativity are stressed, this class builds strength, stamina and technical skill in a joyful atmosphere.
Saturdays 2:45 - 3:45pm
Cost: $144 for 12 sessions

Saturday Schedule:
Fall Semester - September 19 - Dec. 19 (no class Oct. 31 and Nov. 28)
Winter Semester - Jan 2 - Mar. 19
Spring Semester - Mar. 26 - June 18 (no class April 23)
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Creative Dance (Parent/Child) (ages 18 mos. - 2 years) - New
Instructor: Melisa Clark
Get ready to move and groove in this fun and creative dance class! Each class is designed to engage children’s natural curiosity for movement exploration. Developmental movement skills will encourage children and adults alike to develop healthy connections between mind and body through songs, story-telling, props and imagination. Come dance with us!
Mondays 10:00-10:45am
Cost: $50 per month

Starts first Monday in Oct.

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Creative Dance (ages 3-5 years old) - New
Instructor: Melisa Clark
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 10:00-11:00am or Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: $50 per month
Starts first Thurs. in Oct.

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Creative Dance/Dance-Making (ages 6-8 years old) - New
Instructor: Melisa Clark
Students in Creative Dance/Dance-Making will explore dance movement concepts and develop dance technique skills. Classes will build progressively with a focus on specific dance concepts each week (Body, Space, Time, Energy). During each class, students will have the opportunity to create and compose their own dances with partners and small groups and share them with each other. 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. Come dance with us! Clothes: Please come dressed in comfortable dance clothes (leotards, footless tights, dance skirts, t-shirts, leggings, sweat pants) and bare feet.
Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm
Cost: $55 per month

Starts first Thursday in Oct.

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Modern Dance (ages 9-12 year old) - New
Instructor: Melisa Clark
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 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: $55 per month

Starts first Thursday in Oct.

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Floor Barre and Breathing for Life (ages 12-100+) - New
Instructor: 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: $110.00/course (10 classes) or ($15.00 drop-in fee
- pay to instructor on the day of class)
Fall Semester - September 13 - Nov. 15
Winter Semester - Jan 3 - Mar. 6
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: $130.00
for 10 classes
Fall Semester - September 13 - Nov. 15
Winter Semester - Jan 3 - Mar. 6
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.

Please contact the instructor directly at timothytapdancing@gmail.com to make youre registration.


Body Percussion for Adults (teens and adults)
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 at 10am - Starts September
Cost: $48 per month
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The Music ClassAppalachian Clogging (teen - adult)
Wednesdays: 7 - 8 pm; Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
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 www.fiddlekicks.com or call Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397

Waltz Basics & Cool Moves
Wednesdays, 8 - 9:15pm, Sept 16, 23, 30
Waltz is the beautiful dance that never goes out of style. We’ll cover the basics of footwork, partnering, leading and following; understanding the structure and rhythm of waltz music. We focus extensively on partnering dynamics - and fun! Instruction is based on the traditional turning style waltz.  
This course is for beginners, as well as dancers who want to improve their technique. The course is also suitable for those who know the box-step waltz, but want to learn this versatile and popular style. Expand your repertoire of flourishes & develop your partnering skills.
Instructors: Peggy Leiby & Ret Turner
Singles or Couples Welcome ~ Registration will be reasonably lead/follow balanced
Class sizes will be limited to maximize individual attention
3 lessons: $30, 6 lessons: $48, (Not sure about taking lessons? take a trial class for $12)

For more info and registration form see www.mostlywaltz.com/mwlessons.html or call Ret Turner or Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397

swingSwing Dance Basics & Beyond
Wednesdays, 8 - 9:15pm, October 7 to November 11
Part 1: (Basics) Oct 7, 14, 21
Part 2 (Beyond the Basics): Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11

Get hoppin' and boppin', jumpin' and jivin', and generally in the Swing. The courses will cover the basics and beyond of East Coast/Jitterbug style swing, then go into easy-to-learn and popular swing moves that you’ll find yourself enjoying on the dance floor. We focus extensively on partnering dynamics - and fun! Instruction is based on the traditional turning style waltz.  
Instructors: Peggy Leiby & Ret Turner
Singles or Couples Welcome ~ Registration will be reasonably lead/follow balanced
Class sizes will be limited to maximize individual attention
3 lessons: $30, 6 lessons: $48. (Not sure about taking lessons? take a trial class for $12)

For more info and registration form see www.mostlywaltz.com/mwlessons.html or call Ret Turner or Peggy Leiby at 215-643-4397