Our Dance Studio Dance Classes Are All Non-Competitive, Welcoming, Invigorating, & Fun!

and no snootiness allowed :)

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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Registration is OPEN for Summer Classes and Camps!

Friendly Dance Classes For Adults, Teens, Kids, & Toddlers age 2.5 & up!

Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Flamenco, Irish, K-POP, Shuffle, HulaTap.

Convenient, Spacious, & Friendly Dance Studios In Seattle's Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia,

& In Shoreline, WA

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Dance Studios Near Me


The American Dance Institute offers dance students the opportunity to study locally at excellent and convenient dance school locations in Greenwood, Magnolia, Wedgwood & Shoreline.

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 15-99, junior/teens ages 11-14, 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.

Where Are The American Dance Institute Dance Studios Near Me?

Six spacious dance studios in four locations including Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline.

Click on any red flag above to learn more about our studio locations.

Featured New Dance Class Offerings

Shuffle Dance Classes for Junior/Teen and Adults!

Pearl White dance teacher

Pearl White dance teacher

Plus new hip hop, ballet, creative dance for kids, jazz, tap, K-Pop, Irish classes!

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A Beginning Dancer's Intro To Our 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  our dance classes for fun range in age from preschoolers to elders. Our classes are community centered and non-competitive, we believe everyone has a dancers body!

In taking our classes students have the option to participate in dance recitals and community performances.

What dance styles are taught in classes?

Ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, shuffle, hip-hop, Koren Pop (KPop), Irish, tap, ballroom and flamenco. 


How do classes work?

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.


Why do people take your dance classes?

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 and our classes are non-competitive.

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.

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. 

What do I call the dance instructor?

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. 


How difficult are dance lessons?

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.


What do I wear to dance class?

For all Creative Dance, Pre-Level and Children’s classes students who are enrolled in our classes we do have a class dress code that must be followed. You can see the class dress codes here. We do not expect anyone taking a trial make any purchases. It is ok if you do not have attire matching our dress code for the first day of class. You can also check our swap box at each of our studios for donated outgrown leotards and shoes.



Dance Classes That Adults, Teens, Kids & Toddlers Love!

  • Dance classes including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Flamenco, Jazz, Irish & K-pop.
  • In-studio, online classes & private lesson too. 
  • Real beginning dance classes and real intermediate dance classes with no mixing of dance levels.
  • Every dance studio is spacious and  wide open with safe 'Sprung Floors' that protect your feet, ankles and knees. 
  • Everyone is welcome!
  • Expert, gifted teachers who really break things down for you so you'll learn quickly.

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.

About Our Dance School 

Elizabeth-chayer-with husband Steve, sons Andy and Denny at Mount Denali State Park in Alaska.

The Chayer Family; Steve,  Elizabeth (ADI founder), Denny, Andy at Mount Denali National Park, AK.

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