Our Children's Program Dance Classes Incorporate Intellect, Creativity & Discipline.
Kids love to move and when you play music, they dance around the room. Observe them closely and you will notice that they repeat the same movements over and over. They not only have a limited early speaking vocabulary, they have a limited early movement vocabulary.
As they become familiar with movement concepts, they can understand points of reference and perspective. For example, they will take one movement that feels very familiar in their body and with our instructor’s guidance make it into a dozen different movement variations. They'll try it high, try it low, try it backwards, upside down, with a partner etc. It’s all wrapped in fun creative themes and it opens up unlimited possibilities to move, express and relate to the world around them.
Our children's program leverage a child's love of movement with a movement vocabulary and we build on that vocabulary to help them define the physical and social world around them. Dance is more than physicality, it involves intellect, creativity, and discipline. Kid's love our dance classes because they are fun. We make learning dance fun because it works. Like you, we believe that every child deserves an essential dance foundation for a happy life pursuing excellence in all things.
ADI's founder and current director, Elizabeth Chayer, continues to pioneer improved dance instruction practices and has been incorporating them into her school's curriculum for over twenty seven years.
Elizabeth wrote a quick read guide, explaining the must-ask questions to ask dance schools, before you give them your money. She wrote this guide after gleaning the repeat questions from over a thousand school interviews. Arm yourself with knowledge to make an informed choice. It is free and no email address is required.
Children's Dance Classes In A Noncompetitive Learning Environment
- We teach to the 'whole child' to dance, think, create and to work well with others.
- ADI teaches young children an alternative to 'competition with other students' and this alternative ultimately makes them ideal competitors, happier people, and excellent citizens.
- ADI teaches every child to first discover 'their personal best' as a benchmark and not to compare themselves to others who may have more or less natural ability.
- ADI's non-competitive environment actually improves your child's ability to learn.
Kid's Dance Classes In Safe Dance Studios
Our Seattle dance studios, located in Greenwood at 8001 Greenwood Ave North, and 3116 West Smtih Street in Magnolia, are ideally suited spaces for children to run, jump and land safely on 'sprung floors', protecting them from the injuries that occur on concrete, mat- covered or even common wood floors. Our dance floors are also steam cleaned daily and are fr
ee of chemical contaminants.
Pre-Ballet / Tap Combo Dance Classes
Children's Dance Classes and Neural Connectivity
Stanford Professor Richard Powers writes in his paper; Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, "Dancing integrates several brain functions at once-kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional-further increasing one's neural connectivity." Read more.
Mommy & Me Parent Toddler Dance
America Dance Institute offers FREE Mommy or Daddy & Me Parent-Toddler classes.
Children's Tap Dancing Classes
A Children's Tap Dancing Class performance at a Greenwood-Phinney ArtWalk performance. Community performances such as ArtWalk provide a great opportunity to showcase what they've learned. It also builds community.
All ADI dance classes introduce verbal and movement vocabularies, new conceptual frameworks, perspectives and problem-solving skills, and we are the A in S.T.E.A.M. concepts. Your child will better relate to the world around them and their peers and their ability to learn everything will increase as well.
Children's Creative Dance
ADI is movement, physicality, and progress, not tutus, costumes & makeup.
American Dance Institute's Children's Ballet Students
Pre-Ballet Dance Classes
"Enroll your children in ADI and relax."
My daughter studied at ADI for five years before we moved away. We loved and miss ADI.
Entrepreneur, Activist, ADI Parent, 5 years
Sophia, a longtime student, began studying at ADI at age ten. She's off to college now and a wonderful life.
Children's Irish Dancing Classes
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Read about Dr. Peter Lovatt and John J. Ratty's work on the relationship between learning and movement.
Dr Peter Lovatt is an academic Psychologist and a Dancer. He is a Reader in Psychology and a Principal lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, England where he heads the Dance Psychology Lab. View his presentation entitled, Dance,
No matter the intelligence level of your child today, their awareness and intelligence will be improved with ADI's dance curriculum which incorporates the student's curiosity, creativity, and emotions with dance movement and instruction. In some
students the difference may be quite dramatic.
Stanford Professor Richard Powers: Dance, Brain Function and Neural Connectivity
Sir Ken Robinson's Famous TED Talk on how we are failing to appreciate the importance of a child's curiosity and creativity.
A final note: The curriculum for our children's comprehensive development program is our response to the growing awareness that curiosity and creativity are fragile and that as educators we are
responsible . We are inspired by Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk on the subject: HERE. to protect and grow them
Ontario Arts Council Video: Why I Dance
Why will your children love dance? For all of the reasons shared in this lovely, emotionally moving video produced by Canada's Ontario Arts Council, entitled, Why I Dance: HERE
Read about scientific evidence that suggests that big dance movements create new brain synapse connections.
At its most basic level, your child's ability to learn improves with the creation of neurons and synapses. The more neurons your child's brain has the more synapses that can fire between them. More means the easier they learn and the more intelligent they are. Scientific evidence suggests that big dance movements create new synapse connections.
America Dance Institute utilizes a special class curriculum that stimulates this creation. By tapping areas of the brain's cerebellum known to have underutilized synapses,
Dance has been proven in early tests to be a most effective means