Lora Allen

Lora Allen is the co-founder and director of The Iron Factory, a space that works to support the challenging and experimental work of performance artists with on-going classes, curated performances, residencies, and work exchange opportunities. She is the artistic director of allendance. Her work has been shown throughout the US and abroad. allendance has facilitated classes and lectures at Wilson College, The University of Kansas, DeSales University, and The University of Charleston. She was most recently a HATCH artist-in-residence with Philadelphia's Birds on a Wire Dance Theater. Lora is currently a collaborator in Project Trans(m)it: a collaborative, long-term research and performance project delving into tech-riddled space. Led by four female choreographers, their points of inquiry include transmittance of dance/movement via technology, transference of choreographic ideas in different continental spaces, what is gained/lost in these transfers, and which technological platforms are best used for which types of physical information transmission. Their most recent research, "Project Trans(m)it: creating dance collaboratively via technology – a best practices overview" was published through Research in Dance Education Journal in 2017. Lora was the Company Manager for The Leah Stein Dance Company in Philadelphia, PA. She has a BA in Dance from DeSales University.

Ashley Lippolis
space manager

Ashley Lippolis is a Philadelphia-based dancer and the caretaker of The Iron Factory studio and residency space. She is a company member of allendance, and has also danced for Tori Lawrence + Co., Amy Lynne Barr,  and Paige Phillips, among others. Ashley works for the Association for Public Art, a historic nonprofit that commissions and preserves public art in Philadelphia. She has a BA in dance and psychology from Franklin & Marshall College.



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