WELCOME TO THE IRON FACTORY! PHILLY'S NEWEST, AFFORDABLE DANCE SPACE
Formerly the top floor of an early 1900's factory, we are a large rental studio in Philadelphia's Olde Kensington neighborhood. With its old world pine floors, exposed brick walls, and natural light, the studio offers a rich architectural interior for any artist looking to find a warm and nurturing creative space. We're here to provide you with more classes, more paying teaching positions, more affordable rehearsal space, and most importantly... a new hub for dance sharing/making/performing. We're a young, do-it-yourself operation. Come join us, Philadelphia!
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The Iron Factory is an artist-run space that works to support the challenging and experimental work of under-represented and under-funded performance artists with on-going classes, performances, and rehearsal opportunities. The Iron Factory strives to play a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia by bringing our audience a diverse range of programming and providing a supportive, cutting edge environment in which performers, teachers, students, and choreographers can take risks and gain valuable professional experience.
With affordable rates and a commitment to advancing the Philadelphia performing arts community, the studio space is a vital forum for the development and exchange of movement ideas. The Iron Factory's schedule includes artist residencies, weekly technique classes, presenting opportunities, and performances that provide critical exposure for emerging artists. The Iron Factory is located on the 3rd Floor of 118 Fontain Street, in Philadelphia.
The Iron Factory was founded in 2013 by Tori Lawrence (director of Tori Lawrence + Co.) and Lora Allen (director of allendance). Over years of conversation discussing the shortage of artistic opportunities, the lack of steady dance classes, and the lack of funding for younger-generation artists to secure rehearsal and performance spaces, our founders proposed a remedy...
We decided to create/brand a new space that will advance Philadelphia's performing arts community. It took some research and patience, but we finally settled on the perfect location: the top floor of an outmoded factory. With the help of some good Philly beers, warm summer days, and loyal friends/partners/roommates, we were able to renovate the previously vacant space and turn it into what is now called The Iron Factory.