Peformance Gaage Youth Moves


Since 2004, the Performance Garage has offered free dance classes to youth in the Spring Garden neighborhood, providing children ages 7-18 the opportunity to experience the joy of dance in a warm and welcoming environment.

YouthMoves enriches the lives of students by exposing them to the performing arts in a professional setting, and creates an outlet for self-expression. In addition to gaining formal dance skills, students have the opportunity to build confidence and self-discipline through physical and artistic education.

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“Performance Garage classes are strict, but not constrictive. We have more fun here than other dance schools … we learn more about the dance world other than just dancing… we learn something new every time class meets and not just rehearsing for a show that we must do… It (Performance Garage) gets us out of our comfort zone…”
Stanley | High School Student


8 weeks of dance classes for kids ages 7-12 at the Roberto Clemente Park.

Fall Semester

15 weeks of bi-weekly classes in Dunham and Graham Technique for Franklin Learning Center high school students.

Spring Semester

15 weeks of bi-weekly classes in Dunham and Graham Technique for Franklin Learning Center high school students.


Students from the Franklin Learning Center perform works by the Performance Garage's Teaching Artists alongside their own choreography.


Select students perform at the Performance Garage's Gala alongside work by professional dancers.

Open Classes

Friends and family attend technique classes to see students' progress.


Students engage with the DanceVisions Resident Artist through masterclasses, and are able to attend HubChats, open rehearsals, and performances.


Deborah Manning

Daniel Madoff

Dunham Technique

Graham / Cunningham Technique

Deborah Manning

A native of Philadelphia, Deborah Manning began her dance training at The Philadelphia School of Dance Arts. At age fourteen she joined Philadanco! where she worked with noted choreographers such as Talley Betty, Louis Johnson, Gene Hill Sagan, and William Dollar. Deborah continued her career joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1981. Upon retiring from the stage, Deborah has taught at many dance schools and universities across the globe. She also co-directed the Ailey Camp in Kansas City, MO. In 2001, Deborah acted as Artistic Administrator for Philadanco!. Now back to her roots in Philadelphia, she is a master instructor at the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts and continues to teach and mentor across the United States. Deborah acted as assistant re-stager of the ballet Bad Blood for Philadanco!’s 2014 Spring Season at the Kimmel Center. Currently, Deborah is also teaching at the French Communication Institute in Philadelphia.

Daniel Madoff

Daniel Madoff was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2007 to its conclusion in 2012. He initially joined as an understudy in 2005. He had the pleasure of working closely with Cunningham on four new creations and many reconstructions, often performing the roles Cunningham created for himself. Daniel was briefly a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2005. He trained at SUNY Purchase, Tisch School of the Arts, and Carver Center for the Performing Arts. His very first dance teacher was Lester Holmes. Daniel has restaged multiple works, including those of Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor. He has taught workshops and masterclasses in Paris, Mexico City, Washington D.C., New York City, and Beijing.


In 2012, Daniel retired from full-time dancing and became a film director, editor and producer. He has created several award winning films which have screened both in the US and abroad. He has produced or edited for The New York Times, BBC America, Dewar's Whiskey, Michelob Ultra, Dermalogica, People Magazine, BRIC Arts Media, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College, East Carolina University, among others. You can see some of his work at He was the Director of Media for the Merce Cunningham Trust during the Centennial celebration.