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Dance studio dance classes in Shoreline, WA and Seattle's Greenwood, Wedgwood and Magnolia communities. Featuring spacious dance studios for adults, kids and toddlers including Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Flamenco & Irish. And we're a friendly, welcoming dance school. No snootiness allowed :O
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Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Flamenco, Irish, K-POP, Shuffle, Hula, Tap.
Convenient, Spacious, & Friendly Dance Studios In Seattle's Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, & In Shoreline,WA
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The American Dance Institute offers dance students the opportunity to study locally at excellent and convenient dance schools.
Many of our students walk, bike, and take the bus to class.
The bottom line is that won't have to travel very far for an excellent dance class and to find and love a wonderful dance teacher.
We all want to do our part to protect the environment, right?
Imagine reducing your carbon footprint by attending a local dance school. Isn't that exciting? We think so, and it is what drives us to grow. (err, sorry for the pun).
We teach beginner and intermediate dance classes to adults ages 19-99, teens ages 14-18, and our children's dance classes are grouped age appropriately, including between kids 8-10, kids ages 5-7, kids 2.5 to 4 years old.
No matter the student's age, we promise you a wonderful, welcoming experience. It's who we are and who we've been in our emerald city for over 33 years.
Featured New Dance Class Offerings
new new Dance Studio Classes
starting in January
Ballroom Dance Classes
Plus new hip hop, ballet, creative dance for kids, jazz, tap, K-Pop, Irish classes in January too!
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Dance Classes That Adults, Teens, Kids & Toddlers Love!
Where Are The American Dance Institute Dance Studios Near Me?
Six spacious dance studios in four locations including Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline.
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The American Dance Institute, an independent school, was rated as one of the three best dance schools in Seattle.
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A Beginning Dancer's Intro To Dance Classes, Teachers, and Studios
At the start of the twenty-first century, there were approximately 18,000 studios giving instruction in the dance art forms that individuals learn for enjoyment, in 2022 that estimate is almost 60,000. Despite the growing popularity for schools, the majority of people in the world learn to dance by watching and being guided.
Students who attend dancing courses for fun range in age from preschoolers to elders. Preprofessional dance classes accept students who are chosen following an audition process, in contrast to recreational dance classes that are available to everyone. An amateur dancer may occasionally fall in love with a certain style and decide to pursue a career in it.
For the purpose of proficiency, student may take part in dance recitals, community performances, or contests.
Ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, shuffle, hip-hop, Koren Pop (KPop), Irish, tap, ballroom and flamenco.
Dance lessons are offered by age group for toddlers age 2.5 -3.5, kids age 3.5-7, children age 8 -11, teens age 11-15, or adults 15+ at various dance skill levels, including pre-beginner dance foundations classes. Our classes run in seasons, fall, winter, winter/spring, spring and summer. You can enroll at anytime during the season. Additionally, teachers may provide private instruction to students. Teaching dance is done with both teacher modeling and verbal explanations. Warm-up activities help students get ready for class by getting their bodies ready to learn dancing moves safely. For beginners to learn how to dance, teachers break down the steps very carefully, repeating steps many times with great patience. The final assembly of these components enables dancers to carry out a whole routine.
Everyone who takes dance knows that it's benefits include developing elegance and poise, discipline, physical fitness. It improves their posture, rhythm, coordination, and ultimately their confidence. It's a wonderful place to develop friendships.
Adults also enroll in dance courses to keep up with the latest moves, get in shape, exercise, experience a performing art firsthand, and to indulge in fantasies. According to a mature student, "In your professional attire, ascend the stairs. Chopin is being played on the piano. Despite being exhausted, you start to feel a little happier. The class then begins. I imagine myself as a princess. I always feel so happy when class is over. And I continue to wonder what it was that made the world seem like such a magical place " .
Parents enroll their children in dancing lessons so they can gain elegance and poise, discipline, physical fitness, improve their rhythm and coordination, and improve peer interaction. Many men and boys are drawn to jazz and hip-hop and shuffle dance classes. We welcome all genders, all ages and all bodies.
Other names for dance instructors include dance educators, dance teachers, and more. Dance teachers train and coach students in dance, including choreography, performance, and technique in their instructional methods.
Ballroom, jazz, and flamenco are just a few of the dance forms that dance instructors teach. For dance recitals or concerts, they choose the music and choreograph performances. Our instructors teach group and private dance lessons at our Seattle and Shoreline dance studios.
Our dance classes start at the beginning level and progress throughout the season. Beginning classes allow for students to start with no experience. We offer advanced levels in all seasons of classes. You can purchase a class card if you are in between levels and our teachers will help you find the right class.
Ballet is one of the more challenging dance styles in terms of the level of commitment and discipline needed. It has examination procedures within each of the various traditions for the progressive education of dancers, including the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet training, the Royal Academy of Dancing, the August Bournonville School, the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and the School of American Ballet. It also has sequential, standardized curriculum teaching methods. Even modern dance has its own pedagogy (for example, the technique taught at the Martha Graham Conservatory of Contemporary Dance or at the studios of Erik Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, and Alvin Ailey).
Through videos, people can take "dancing classes" with a teacher in the comfort of their own homes. Our Any Day Ballet offers an excellent and popular beginning ballet course, for example that students ages thirteen and up can take from home via on demand video. You can learn at home with many how-to books that detail proper dance floor behavior and codify a dance form's regulations. The amount of material in books on how to execute individual steps, their combinations in dance phrases, and phrases in the entire dance has increased over time.
From kindergarten to college, classes in modern dance frequently emphasize original choreography. Students learn how to combine the three basic components of dance—time, space, and effort in gesture and movement—in these classes in order to create artistic dances. Then, students are given issues to resolve through their own choreography, such as how to portray a specific idea.
A dance instructor's primary goal is to teach pupils dancing moves and routines, whereas a choreographer's primary goal is to organize the motions that make up a dance routine. This is the main distinction between a dance instructor and a choreographer.
Dance studios, a term used commonly in the united states, is a room large enough so that dancers can learn and practice large movements or a combination of several movement across the floor without interruption.
Good dance studios typically are constructed or furnished with:
- Sprung floors,
- Ballet barres,
- Sound system
Floor Covering: A typical dance studio has a smooth floor covering or, if tap dancing is being practiced, a wooden floor.
Sprung Floors: The floor is typically sprung, which means that it has a certain degree of flexibility to absorb the force of vigorous dancing exercises like jumping and leaping. This is essential for promoting health and security. Injury can and likely will result when dancing on a non sprung floor and will likely end a dancer's education or career early.
Barres: A barre, which is mounted to the wall at roughly waist height and utilized as a means of balance and support, is another typical component of a dance studio.
Mirrors: It is usual for at least one wall in purpose-built dance studios to be covered in floor to ceiling mirrors, which dancers utilize to see their body posture and alignment.
Music System: Almost all dance studios feature a sound system for playing CDs or play lists from mobile phone or tablets because music is an essential component of a dance education. Pianos are still used used to accompany dance classes especially ballet and tap dance. You will find pianos and their accompanists in formal advanced professional studios and less frequently in smaller dance schools.
Perhaps the most important element in a studio is the learning environment. Historically they have maintained a reputation as being overly formal, humorless but our studios are just the opposite, i.e. friendly, welcoming and fun.
For Parents, Teens, Kids
We surveyed 300 discerning Seattle area parents asking why they insist on dance classes for their children. Here are the most often cited responses.
For Beginner & Returning Dancers
We surveyed 150 discerning Seattle & Shoreline area dancers why they take dance classes. Here are their most insightful responses.
Dancing actually brought me joy!
“I had no delusions of becoming a prima ballerina starting dance classes as a college student, but I found it such a beautiful, invigorating and fun way to stay in shape, so much more rewarding than going to the gym. Dancing actually brought me joy! ” read more
- Elizabeth Chayer, American Dance Institute-Founder/Director