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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).

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)
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:

Dance ClassesZumbini (ages 0-4 with caregiver)
Instructor Diana Baye
Tuesdays at 10am
The Ultimate Bonding Experience
Created by Zumba and Baby First, Zumbini is an early childhood education program that uses original music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0-4, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for families.

To register go to If interested in a trial class send email to

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)
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)
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