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Children’s ballet at American Dance Institute in Greenwood

Originally published December 5, 2012

Seattle Times Staff

Wyatt Olson, 3, looks in on his eight-year-old sister Aspen’s (tallest) ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Standing next to Aspen is Nia Williamson, 7. The class, Children’s Ballet I, is taught by Kelsey Hamon, who has been teaching there for about eight years. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year. The American Dance Institute will be performing during the Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk Friday, Dec. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Students of all ages will showcase styles as diverse as ballet, flamenco, hula, tap, Irish step, modern and jazz, seen from the large window of Studio 1 on Greenwood Avenue and North 80th Street.
From left, Aspen Olson, 8, Taylor Dalton, 7, and Sienna Brockway, 10, struggle through the splits during ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The class, Children’s Ballet I, is taught by Kelsey Hamon, who has been teaching there for about eight years. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year.
Taylor Dalton, 7, looks at classmate Nia Williamson, 7, during stretches in ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The class, Children’s Ballet 1, is taught by Kelsey Hamon, who has been teaching there for about eight years. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year.
Ballet Kelsey Hamon helps Gunvor Langhout, 7, with her technique for Children’s Ballet I class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year.

From right, Nia Williamson, 7, Taylor Dalton, 7, Aspen Olson, 8, and Zadie Blish, 6, try to keep their balance at the barre during ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The class, Children’s Ballet 1, is taught by Kelsey Hamon, who has been teaching there for about eight years. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year.
A student puts on her slippers for ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The class, Children’s Ballet 1, is taught by Kelsey Hamon, who has been teaching there for about eight years. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year.
Ballet instructor Kelsey Hamon helps Taylor Dalton, 7, with her technique at the barre while from left, Nia Williamson, 7, Sienna Brockway, 10, and Emilia Albert, 6, hold tight during ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year.
Ballet instructor Kelsey Hamon stands at the window with Gunvor Langhout, 7, during ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year.
Tate Treverton, 6, looks out the window during ballet class at American Dance Institute in Greenwood Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. The American Dance Institute has classes for all ages, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the new year

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