Mt. Airy Learning Tree to hold ‘Malt Ball’ to raise funds for a permanent home

It has been more than a year since the last Malt Ball, but the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) is bringing it back on Friday, March 30 and it is here to stay.

The fundraising event will be held at Philadelphia’s Commodore Barry club located at 6815 Emlen St. at Carpenter Lane from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Entitled Malt Ball 3, signifying the third ball since 2010, it will be an all-night event dedicated to line dancing and some of the dance classes that are offered at MALT.

“We knew after the first malt ball we had hit something really strong and something really wanted and needed in the community. We knew then that it was going to be an annual [event],” said Judy Weinstein, director of special projects.

During the six hour event, guest can attend dance lessons in salsa, zumba, line dance and hip hop from 7-9 p.m. Guests who simply want to line dance can arrive later as the line dance session will begin at 9 p.m.

Weinstein said she hopes line dance enthusiasts will come not only to practice, but to learn about all the services MALT provides.

“For some people who are coming, they are coming because they are in a line dancing world,” said Weinstein. “That is great, but we would also like people to get introduced, if they are not already, to MALT and all of the different classes we offer to get to know us a community organization that offers dance and a whole lot more.”

MALT is a community service organization that provides that range from arts and crafts to health and fitness. Its mission is to enrich Northwest Philadelphia by providing opportunities so the community can unite through educational and recreational activities.

Light refreshments will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own food. There will also be a cash bar.

The dress attire is casual, comfortable dance clothing.

The proceeds of the ball will benefit the “Make This Our Home Fund,” a cause which will allow the center to pay for the necessary renovations of its office building located at 6601 Greene St.

Tickets are $15 per person. For ticket information, please visit

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