In addition to serving as a satellite location for Philly Dance Fitness, the Philadelphia Tango School and Philadelphia Dance Academy, Major Moment also hosts a variety of community classes and special events for arts lovers of all ages. Find owner Beverly Holskin teaching at one of their open salsa parties or leading teenagers through the ins and outs of professional modeling.
The Arts Parlor is a grass-roots, multi-use arts space. They have studios available for dance, music, and theatre rehearsals, meetings, auditions, showings and seminars. They’ve also hosted bands, parties, receptions, performances, you name it.
The Arts Parlor is located at 1170 South Broad Street (at Federal Street), Philadelphia, PA 19146.
The Performance Garage is committed to supporting the professional dance and art communities, by providing access to its space and theater as an incubator for classes, rehearsals, workshops and productions. Through its education, training and performance programs, the Performance Garage reaches out to the general community to help them enrich their lives through the art of dance.
Each month the Fourth Wall Arts Salon brings together a diverse array of artists and intellectuals for an interactive evening of fine art, music, dance, theatre, and topical lectures that inspire and engage the mind: “Art for art’s sake,” as one of the three co-founders put it. Check the website for the location of the next salon, held on the fourth Saturday of every month.
Programs Employing People (PEP) provides education, recreation and job placement services to upwards of 300 adults and children with disabilities every year. Dedicated staff members match clients with recreational activities, transportation, literacy and life skills courses, and employment opportunities that suit their abilities, needs and interests. Some end up working at the facility’s warehouse in South Philly, which provides product assembly, packing, inspection, sorting, mailing and other services for area businesses. During the summertime, the agency also runs a day camp. For more information, visit www.pepservices.org or call 215-389-4006.
The Christian Street YMCA, serving South Philadelphia, Center City and the surrounding communities, offers a wide range of programs for children and teens including swim lessons, sports, fitness, child care and day camps. For adults and seniors, the Y has personal training, triathalon training, swimming and basketball, a variety of group exercise classes, wellness orientations and free babysitting services.
The City of Philadelphia’s Marian Anderson Recreation Center, located at 744 S. 17th St, has been providing free or low-cost recreation opportunities to residents of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood since 1953. Named for the contralto whose famed Lincoln Memorial concert in 1939 was a landmark moment in the Civil Rights movement, the center has long served as a focal point in the thriving community south of South Street. Stop by to watch a youth baseball game, explore the playground, participate in a community dance or martial arts class, shoot hoops on the basketball court or cool off in the outdoor pool. The center also runs a boxing gym, after-school programs, drug and alcohol support groups and numerous sports leagues.