Lisa has been taking ballet classes since she was a kid, so there wasn’t much doubt after moving to Grand Street a few years ago, she’d be searching out a place to dance on the Lower East Side. The fact that she ended up at the Abrons Art Center is not all that surprising. A Broadway stage manager, Lisa was well aware of both the institution’s current reputation for cutting edge performing arts as well as its important place in the history of New York theater.
For the past three years, she’s been coming to Abrons in search of personal fulfillment and some exercise. But as a new mom, Lisa also appreciates that her two young children can take dance, piano and painting classes at the center, too.
For many generations, people of all ages have been coming to Abrons for first-rate instruction in the performing and visual arts. Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, Dizzy Gillespie, Alwin Nikolais, Jackson Pollock, Orson Welles, Morgan Freeman (and more recently) Alicia Keys are among those who have taught or performed in its historic Grand Street theater.
Lisa was initially impressed by the level of professionalism exhibited by Abrons’ instructors. But other factors, including the convenience of taking classes across the street from her home and the center’s strong ties in the community, have kept her coming back.
One advancement Lisa was especially glad to see this year: online enrollment! Registartion is now open for the fall semester. There are classes available for all ages (from toddlers to seniors) and all skill levels. You can look over the many course offerings on the Abrons Arts Center’s web site. Register online or call 212-598-0400, ext. 200.